Next layover: Paris

Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
Trip End Feb 04, 2013

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Monday, January 14, 2013

After the long layover in Washington, our flight boarded at 6:30 and we left a few minutes early. The flight was a little over half full, so I had an empty seat beside me, a more-appreciated and less-frequent occurrence than it used to be.

The six and a half hour flight went smoothly, so I was able to sleep about two and a half hours. The cabin crew woke us up a hour out of Paris, and served light breakfast. I checked the time in Cincinnati: 1:45, a little earlier than I usually have my coffee! But it's doing such things that starts the process of getting one’s body readjusted to a new time zone. There are six hours difference between Cincinnati and Paris, but I’ll get one of those hours back when I fly on to Abidjan this afternoon.

The flight arrived in the new M section of Terminal 2 E. This is a rather strange arrangement. Two new buildings have been built, which are called Hall L and Hall M, and though they’re separate buildings, they’re still considered part of Terminal 2E. The logic escapes me but there it is. 

I have just logged enough miles in the last 12 months to attain gold status with Delta, so that gives me access to the business lounge even when I fly coach (only internationally). That meant I was able to take a shower and freshen up on arrival, and have a good strong café latté and a pain au chocolat as I watched the sun rise over the runways. The lounge is huge, and when I arrived it was full to overflowing with businessmen and women coming and going. French was by far the most commonly heard language, with English in second place, but the striking thing was the palette of accents. Both the French and the English could be heard in various native accents, but also accents from Africa, Slavic countries, Spain or Latin America, the Middle East and so on. This is quite a crossroads as are many of the world’s busiest airports.Many are running to and fro....

I can access the Internet in the lounge, so will try to get some more preparation work done in view of the next few weeks.
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Tess Washington on

Good morning Mr. Meeker! I felt like I could see in my mind's eye what you described. Airplanes and laptops are truly great tools to travel in different parts of the world! Just to think if Paul, Peter, Barnabas and company have access to these tools...our generation is the one entrusted with these equipment!

Loma Miller on

Praying you will have a safe trip along with Dave Bakers trip to Australia. Reading your post made me think about the following verse...
Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Thank you very much in advance for all your hard work and devotion to God's people, esp. overseas. Also thanks so much for your blogs they are very helpful in feeling a closer connection to our brothers we most likely will never meet in this life.... Please give them our love from the brethren in NC....

Mary Hendren on

Hi Joel,

I'm glad you have access to the Delta lounge and the internet. What a help that must be in catching up on work and keeping everyone posted. How reassuring for you to hear French and English and be able to understand even with the dialects. We hope your flight to Abidjan goes smoothly.


Fiona Meeker on

Hey Dad,
I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to call me for my birthday. The messages you left made me day! I love you very much and I'm glad to hear all is going well.
Much love,

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