Europe, is that you?

Our flight out of DC was eventful!!! Our plane delayed for about 3 hours while sitting on the tarmac, with us in it! All this while, the cabin crew insisted we wait and remain in our seats! Eventually, they had pity on us and decided to serve us with all the drinks we could ask for. I must admit that they were really nice about giving us lots of food and drinks. They did make up for the delay in grand style.

I would recommend this airline to anyone flying out to Europe if the flight doesn’t involve a transit in Russia because truly, Russians lived up to their stereotype of not being welcoming. I mean, I get the fact that most of them don’t speak English but really, a smile is a language too. The airport workers were really rude to not just me, which I could have attributed to the color of my skin, but to all the three others I was travelling with – 2 white Americans and a Chinese.

We spent close to 8 hours in Moscow, waiting for our flight into Zurich. The chairs in the airport were nothing short of uncomfortable which made our wait seem even longer, as if that were possible. Then, it didn’t help any that most of the people operating the information desks spoke very little English and so getting access to the WIFI was a real drag! We spent the first two hours talking to each other after which we resigned ourselves to our dear friend, Sleep, to help us with our boredom.

When we finally made it into Zurich, I was ecstatic to find more smiling faces at the airport. My AirBnB guy was super nice and gave me lots of detailed directions that made it very difficult for me to get lost. I got to my room after 10pm, hit the sheets and woke up only after 11am the following day. Now, I’m ready to explore this lovely city….

PS: I saw this wedding entourage while writing this post from my AirBnB room balcony. Such a long and wild entourage with lots of honking and attracting lots of attention that reminded me of Ghana. Of course, I will love Zurich!

 

 

The Swiss march begins…

I will start by saying that I defended my dissertation less than 2 weeks before the Zurich trip which makes me a doctor now!! That’s where the excitement before the trip ends because after the first two days post my defense which I spent dancing and sleeping, the remaining days were spent making revisions to my dissertation and submitting it.

After submission, which I believed would bring relief and some excitement towards the Zurich trip, I became anxious and near crazy, waking up from dreams involving my committee members not approving my ETD. I’m so silly! Unfortunately for me, the last member of my committee to sign off on my ETD did so on the eve of travel which left me with very few hours to get excited about the travel.

But alas! I was approved by all the committee members which means I really get to enjoy the trip! Deb and Brad were set to come for me the next morning to DC so I spent the last few hours in Blacksburg packing and getting my room ready in case I got a sublease for the room during the summer. It is therefore with no little wonder that I packed a giant lotion that was seized by the TSA before I even got out of DC. Still Europe, here I come……