February 11th, 2018

me: ooh!

Day 42/365: Friday Five on a Sunday: Flying

  1. Where did you go the last time you took an aeroplane ride?
    My last plane ride was in December, when I flew to Schipol (Amsterdam) for a two-day meeting. My next plane ride (barring any surprises) will probably be in April, to Vienna.

  2. Are you a nervous flyer or a comfortable flyer?
    Very comfortable. The number of times I have been on planes runs into the triple digits. See: Growing up on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific ocean & having relatives on the mainland US. And also, moving to the UK and still having relatives and friends on the mainland US. Also also, moving to the UK and having easy access to all of Europe.

  3. Window seat or aisle seat?
    WINDOW 4 EVA. Exhibit A: A photo I took from my most recent transatlantic flight, over northern Canada.

  4. What is the worst experience you've had flying?
    This was actually quite recent. I had the flu and didn’t know it until about two hours into an eleven-hour flight from London to Los Angeles. I have never been so miserable on a plane before.

  5. What is the best experience you've had flying?
    Ooh, this is tough. There are a lot to choose from. The first time Humuhumu could talk and went on a plane was pretty cool. She was SO excited. Keiki as well. He went on about it for months afterward. “We went on a big aeroplane” has to have been one of his first full sentences. I also loved flying between the Hawai’ian islands on prop planes as a child, back when commercial pilots were allowed to let children visit the cockpit. I think what I love consistently about flying is the few minutes before landing, where you approach a place and can admire it from above, and the anticipation of being in it momentarily is at fever pitch.

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