Of airports and accents

Trip Start May 01, 2007
Trip End Aug 13, 2007

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Hello everyone!

So here I am, in Birmingham, England, which, if you didn't know, is really in the middle of nowhere farm country. My flight has been delayed by 3 hours and I am dead tired because technically it's about 5am at home right now. The cool thing is that at least there are lots and lots of people around with awesome cool accents and so I'm trying to find excuses to talk to people so I can hear them. However, it so happens that this airport is also full of rather old people and so, it becomes hard to randomly strike up a random conversation.

I've realised it kind of sucks being stuck in an airport in England because EVERYTHING costs a fortune! It cost me 3$ for a bottle of water! So, I am either going to have to spend at least 20$ for a small meal later or starve. We'll see how far along the starvation route I get. There aren't even many interesting shops here, it took me all of 20minutes to see what there is to see... Amusing tidbit though. There's a shop that sells cookies and "American muffins"... What are American muffins??? And how are they different from normal muffins.. oh true, I guess English muffins are the non tasting breadlike stuff... oh these brits.

My flight with Air India was uneventful except that I got gipped from biriyani. You see, they have 3 different meal options (veg and non veg- chicken or lamb). Now, of course, I choose the non veg and I choose chicken-- imagine my disappointment in realizing that it was baked chicken cacciatore! ugh! The dude in front of me got the lamb and it was biriyani! Teaches me about always asking the different options available. But overall, the flight was nice. It was pretty much empty and so I took up the seat next to me and slept rather well as I could stretch out. I also woke up in time to see the sunrise from the air which was wonderfully lovely and serene. It was cool because the clouds were below us and we rapidly went from zone where the sun was rising to a zone where it had already risen and where the colour had gone. I also got to watch a Bollywood movie although I have no idea which one it was. It had Rani Mukherjee and Amitabh Bachan in it... But it made me happy as it passed 3 hours bery bery fast, interspersed with food breaks consisting of dried chana dhal and nuts rolled in spices. lol. Therefore, it was a good flight.
Now, however, I must find someway of occupying my mind for the next 4 and a half hours before I go crazy. If it wasn't raining so hard outside, I would go out and see if there's anything but cow manure but since they made also made me check in my hand luggage (it was too heavy! oops!) I have nothing extra to wear so I don't want to get soaked. I just hope my luggage arrivs in Dubai in time... Anyways, adventures are rather exciting I think. If I could wait 13 hours in Taipei, I can find something to occupy me for 4 hours, I think? Can't even sleep... there's no proper sitting area for passengers except at the restaurants! sigh.
Anyways, my time on this computer is almost out. I'll try and update you guys in Dubai. Stay tuned!
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