Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Back in the BRD . . . you don't know how lucky you are

After leaving Washington DC on Monday, Sept. 11, I arrived in Germany yesterday. Many people asked me what it is like to fly on Sept. 11. Honestly, it was like any other day to me. The airport security was tight, but that is normal these days. What was disturbing was the huge sign outside of the airport that said: "THREAT LEVEL ORANGE." I am not sure what that means, but it scares the heck out of me.

The thing that bothers me most about flying is the mechanical part. Think about it - a large, heavy plane hanging in the air at 30,000 feet. Something about that is not normal. The flight back was a little turbulent. Tropical Storm Florence created a great jet stream which made the flight fast (only 6 1/2 hours from DC to Amsterdam) but also made sure that I did not sleep.

Today I discovered that the best way to fight jet lag is to work - a lot. I have been going since 8:00am. It is almost time for me to fall into bed.

Before I do, I have to comment on air conditioning.

I was so pleased about the air conditioning the first day that I was in the States. However, after that, I was cold all the time! I kept asking people to turn the air down. I was pleased as punch to find the weather in Germany sunny and warm. Unfortunately, I have spent most of the day in stuffy classrooms and missing the AC.

Just goes to show you, the AC is always greener on the other side of the fence.


Dixie said...

Glad you're home safe and sound!

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, but the true test whether you're turning German would be if you said "There's a draft....."

Anonymous said...

Claire-the mechanical bit is the bit that bothers me most too-esp the getting to 30,000ft part! Don't like the turbulence either-but shorter flight is always a plus. Glad you got back safe and sound and had a great trip.

Anonymous said...

Yeah you were whining about the cold, but once you started the binge drinking it all stopped. I'M ON VACATION!!!!!!!!! That was some good stuff there Smith!

EuroTrippen said...

Welcome home! While you were there did you stock up on american goodies like cheetos & cereal with marshmallows??