Saturday, June 20, 2009

Earplugged, Blindfolded and Jetlagged

After a long long journey I finally made it to my hotel next to San Francisco Airport. I can see the planes as they come and go, but luckily can't hear them.
The first leg of my trip, from Amsterdam to Cincinnatti, wasn't that bad: I had a complete row of three chairs for myself! Delta provided everyone with earplugs and blindfolds, so I stretched my legs and took some naps (still don't know if it is a good idea to take as much sleep as you can on a flight or to try to stay awake as long as you can, in order to survive a none hour time lap). The offerings on the entertainment system where good enough and even the food was ok.
I had less then two hours to change planes in Cincinnatti, and - with the experiences of the Sam Francisco and Houston Immigration lines - I wasn't certain that that would be enough. To my big suprise there was no line at all (I don't want to call three people in fron of me a 'line')! I even had to wait at the luggage belt before my suitcase arrived.
The second leg was worse. The airplane was completely booked, and there were lots of children aboard. I don't have anything against children (I have two of my own), but they don't make me happy when they're sitting right behind me and play around with the table tray and kick against the chair every time I almost fall asleep.
And also the service for this part was very minimal: no inflight entertainmant, only food for purchase and too few beverages. But what can you expect when you go for the cheapest option (only 450 euro ($600,-) for the complete trip).
In my hotel I stayed awake until 9:30 and then fell in a deep sleep. From which I woke up at... 3 AM! With some effort I managed to stay in bed, with some little naps, until 6. After breakfast I'll go to the car rental to get my car and drive the scenic route to ... Monterey!
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