On the Way to Istanbul
Trip Start May 03, 2013
10Trip End May 22, 2013
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What I did
Delta 4605 Coach CR9 Depart SFO 2:00PM Arrive LAX 3:30PM
Turkish (TK) 10 Coach Boeing 777-300ER Depart LAX 6:20PM
Arrive May 4 at 5:10PM Istanbul (IST)
9am all ready to go- to do's mostly done- I hate dusting- and waiting for the van at 10:30. Thinking about what I might have forgotten. Worrying about weight limits for carry-on. Let it all go for now and enjoy listening to Gregory Porter.
C'mon van! I'm ready to get this show on the road!
So, much later...after a very short hop down to LAX and a long walk to the international terminal...directions from the terminal guard were "second on the left" but he didn't say how far away that 'second' was. We headed out on Turkish Airlines flight #10 direct to Istanbul. Now we're about 3 hours out, floating over Grafton, N. Dakota after a delicious meal and a couple small bottles of white wine (don't you love flying anything NOT a US airline?), feeling pretty mellow, listening to Brad Mehldau with Pat Matheny and reading a Kindle book after a bit of Lonely Planet's Istanbul chapter and thinking about watching a movie...life is good!
The euphoria passes somewhat after a mostly sleepless "night". It really is impossible to get comfortable in Economy. Despite the empty middle seat.