New Year’s At 40,000 Feet

Here we are now in 2018! I experienced the change of year in flight, off of Canada, at about 40,000 feet. I don’t recall flying before on a New Year’s Eve through to New Year’s Day:

[In flight, New Year’s over the Atlantic. Photo by me, 2018.]

I observed the new year’s arrival as many did down on, uh, solid ground:

[In flight, New Year’s over the Atlantic. Photo by me, 2018.]

One of downsides of flying TO Europe from North America is the “short night.” The flight from New York (technically, this time, New Jersey) takes about 5 and a half hours.

That means you depart at 9:30 pm and land at about 3 am in the time zone you had left… but you arrive in London at 8 am…

[Heathrow Airport, London. Photo by me, 2018.]

So you are a bit discombobulated – I like that word – as you wander into the terminal. It is an odd feeling. Suddenly, it is mid-morning.

The flight was ostensibly full, but in World Traveller Plus (where we were; basically it is premium economy) there were several empty seats.

Pre-take off, naturally everyone settled in looking to make themselves comfortable. I usually have my iPad in hand for reading on the Kindle app and my iPhone full of music. Both are placed, of course, safely in “airplane mode.”

At one point, I happened to notice a nearby man’s reading material

[Photo by me, 2017.]

I was horrified.๐Ÿ˜ฑ I wanted to cry out, “No, no, no! There is so much more out there to read!๐Ÿ“š It’s a new year! Be more adventurous!”๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a good day, wherever you are in the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Author: โ€œConventions: The Garden At Paris,โ€ โ€œPassports,โ€ โ€œFrontiers,โ€ and โ€œDistances.โ€ British Airways frequent flier. Lover of the Catskill Mountains...and the 1700s. New novel of 1797-1805, "Tomorrow The Grace," due out in 2019.

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