On my way.....
Trip Start Feb 14, 2010
15Trip End Mar 06, 2010
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AA Flight 70
Before we took off from Dallas, I had a glass of champagne and I was offered my choice of newspaper. Before ordering my dinner and breakfast, I received a printed menu with a painting on the front by a Venezuelan artist which I thought timely as the mother of my cousin I was going see if Venezuelan! (See my blog on Meals in the Premium Classes if you are interested on my food choices.) There were earplugs waiting by my seat for me and I was silently cursing out my sister for talking me out of packing my headphones when Ryan came back with a pair of over the ear ones for me
I was just starting to play when they came through with hot towels to clean your hands. Just after that, the towels were picked up and the hot nuts were served. An announcement was made that we were going to be going a little further north (over Youngstown, Ohio) due to weather conditions. I could totally believe that as once we got out of California, I did not see much of the ground. When I was not talking with my neighbor Vic, I would occasionally glance out the window and all I saw were clouds as far as the eye could see. Landing in Dallas there was snow everywhere (heard they had another storm so I am glad I was not stuck there!), but you could not see that until we were but a few thousand feet up.
When we hit our cruising altitude of 33,000 feet speeding towards Europe at a speed of 628 mph, they served dinner. Gave me something to do as it was not until we were around Cincinnati that the cloud cover broke and all I could see was a snowy wonderland
Now the fun begins. I watched the video on how to work my seat, but it still took quite a while to get it right. No matter how I seemed to put it, there was an uncomfortable seam at the bottom of my back that I could not get away from. I had the seat up and down and partially slanted and foot rest up and down and sideways… I listened to country and new age. At some point, I even accidently rang for the steward. All in all, I think I got 2-3 hours sleep in a 4-5 hour period. I was half dozing when Ryan woke me up for breakfast
As I finished breakfast, I noticed lights. That is all I saw under the cloud cover. I did at this time figure out how to shut the flash off on my camera and I got a picture of dawn breaking. At this point, we were almost to Dusseldorf. Only 38 minutes until landing and I was still waiting for my first glimpse of Europe! Ryan came through to do a final clean up of dishes as a stewardess came through collecting money for American Airlines Change for Good campaign for UNICEF. (All the money in January and February is going to help kids in Haiti.) Just after that, I FINALLY saw my first glimpse of Germany. We were at about 4,000 feet doing 223 mph and it had warmed up to at balmy 14°F. I do not know what I was thinking, but I somewhat expected to see something very traditional German. Instead, all I saw was a snow covered land with industrial parks and roads and cloverleaves… if I did know better, I would say I was seeing Dallas again! Nevertheless, Germany it was. And in just a couple more minutes, my journey would begin.