Standby, aeroplane food and travelling

Hi everyone

Well finally back home after an amazing trip to Istanbul.  There is still so much that I would like to do there and will definitely be going back.  I ate some lovely food (mostly lamb for dinner and lots of Baklava for dessert or afternoon tea), drank some lovely Turkish wine and apple tea, met some very friendly, helpful Turkish people and appreciated the beauty of many mosques, churches and ancient architecture.  All these things coupled with gorgeous sunny weather and it was just lovely!!

We sadly left our quirky hotel at 11:00 today and relaxed while our shuttle bus delivered us safely back to the airport.  Since we were both flying standby, we had to wait until the last minute to be allocated our seat.  Normally this happens at the gate (after passport control and security) but at Istanbul airport, it happens at the check-in desk.  So we waited until  12:10 (for a 12:55 flight) only to be told that my travel partner, Christel, had managed to get the last business class seat and I would sadly be travelling in delightful economy class – sigh…  Anyway, we did a mad dash through passport control, then a mad dash from gate 215 to gate 206.  The flights took off roughly an hour late (me in Economy and Christel in Business!!!).  It turned out not to be so bad and I enjoyed LSG Sky Chefs food on the aeroplane – spinach stuffed chicken with roasted peppers and mash potato, a chocolate bar and bread roll and butter.  It was quite delicious.
As soon as we landed after our 3 hour flight, I met up with Christel again and asked immediately what she ate. Obviously food is VERY important to me and I wanted to make sure I hadn’t missed out on anything…  She had had a very nice meal and it turned out that my spinach-stuffed chicken wasn’t all that bad :-)

I was thinking while flying back, how small the world has been made by the ability to just hop on an aeroplane and fly pretty much anywhere where your money can fly you.  In the space of a year we can experience medieval cities in Europe, snow on the Alps, lions in Africa, rain forests in South America, huge cities and deserts in America, the northern lights in Scandinavia, noodles and huge walls in china, rice paddies in Vietnam, stunning beaches in Micronesia, incredible reefs in Australia, the list just goes on and on.  When you think about it, it really is incredible.  Where would you like to go?  For my April trip, I am thinking Warsaw, Hamburg or Prague :-)

Night night.


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