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Saturday, August 2. 2008
No, this isnīt the first day of my vaction in NY. But a journey doesnīt begin with the pushback at the airport. A journey begins with a decision, with an idea. And this journey began last year.
Normally i thought about travelling to NY end of February. But as you may remember my grandmother was hospitalized at that time and died not much later. Iīm glad the trip was postponed at that time, as i werenīt able to attend her funeral at that time.
So, somewhen in May or June the idea of visiting New York. But not as a part of a meeting in the US. This time as a real vacation. Taking a week off and doing recreation.
Iīve booked the flight on short notice end of June during the EM. A day before Germany lost in the european championship.
Believe it or not ... this is my first wide trip for a vacation. I do so much business travel over a year, that i found it more recreating to simply stay at home . But this time wanted see something new. The other problem was that my girlfriends didnīt like to travel that far or didnīt like to fly.
09:00 MESTI can give you some trips for travelling. At least those tips worked for me. Tip 1: Book a flight in afternoon, but bring your luggage to the airport as early as possible. At the check-in: Take all your smile, be Prince or Princess Charming, ask for an exit row seat. Your legs will thank you for that.
14:00 MESTThe journey starts. The plane will be pushbacked in a few minutes. Exit Row Window seat. But window is an great exaggaration in a A321. You sit at a large door with a window two or three inches wide.
16:30 MESTWow, this idiotic second security screening for the transatlantic flights has ceased. I walked to the gate, but no security controls for transit passengers. Makes sense, i was already screened in Hamburg.
BTW: A big complaint regarding the airport in Frankfurt. Who had the incredible dumb idea to place the Business/FTL lounge at one end of the terminal and to place the aircraft to NYC at the other end. High speed walking to lounge, eat something, high speed walking back to the terminal. This was much better at the old location where the FTL lounge was just upstairs.
18:59 MESTWe are now over the Atlantic Ocean.
The old trick still works. So Tip 2: Order a special meal and you get your meal first. There is only one problem. You canīt choose your meal. There is no "Chicken/Pasta or Beef" question. When the "low calories meal" contains beef and you donīt like beef you are out of luck.
And dear Economy purserette, was it really nescessary to call my name out that loud with "Mr. Moellenkamp, did you ordered a special meal?". Head going red guaranteed.
BTW: Didnīt missed a thing with the Pasta. Really looked like cooked to death. But nobody really expect gourmet food, even when they call their catering subsidiary "Sky Chefs" or "GateGourmet". The other meal was beef as well.
19:05 MEST or 13:05 EDSTOkay, i switched to New York local time. But why iīm still tired like being busy for the whole day. My inner clock has stil Hamburg time. We donīt need pills for erectile dysfunction, we need a pill to adjust the inner clock. "Oh, itīs 8 oīclock PM local time ... i have to take the pill with the 8 imprinted". That would really solve problems. Well, perhaps i will think different in 20 years
14:53 EDSTI really hope that the A350 XWB (extra wide body) has some more space for Joerg XWS (extra wide shoulders). Itīs annoying that all this people bump into my shoulders when they walk through the aisle.
And the amount of people walking by are the biggest disadvantage of exit row in a 747. Row 34 is located near the lavatories. Many people walk here after the meal. At the flight back from SFO to FRA last year in February i had even a bruise from one of these trolleys.
15:12 EDSTOh my goodness. My neighbour took off his shoes. I should try if ear plugs are effective in the nose as well. This guy should put a biohazard sticker on itīs socks.
16:22 EDSTLandfall. We reached the North American continent between Gander and Goose Bay.
19:00 EDSTI hope that the runway took no damage when the aircraft touched down. No it didnīt touched down, it crashed down. Even the stewardess didnīt expected such a noise, albeit she expected a rough landing as she admitted later. I knew that New York is located on an island, but i really thought it larger than an aircraft carrier vessel. That was really loud. The complete final approach was strange. Really fast and the aircraft banked a little bit to right. I assume, the pilot asked himself after the landing, if he paid the last rate for the insurance already
Besides of this (okay, and my neighbour Chief Stinking Socks), it was an almost perfect flight. Nice stewardesses. No turbulences.
20:10 EDSTImmigrations, baggage claim and customs in 15 to 20 minutes. Thatīs fast ... sheer luck. Thank you to the one, who put a priority tag on my luggage by mistake. That made my day.
Exit Row 34 in the 747 has another advantage. You are in the first row of economy. Thus you can stay in front of the horde.
DHS guy unfriendly (well, unfriendly is the incorrect word, it was proper behaviour, but you can say at reply on a "Good afternoon" with words besides of "Right index finger, left index finger, look into the camera. Why do you come?"). But i assume you stop to say more after the 1000th visa a day.
The fifth visa in my passport. The fifth visit in the US.
20:25 EDSTLost the saved time while searching for an ATM and waiting for a taxi. But nevertheless ... it was really fast in comparison to my last trips.
21:42 EDSTWell ... the trip Taxi to the hotel Was a good ride ... just a small traffic jam. Friendly taxi driver.
So, iīm in my hotel, took already a first shower. You guys here in the US must be not that tall? I hate this low shower heads.
Hotel looks good so far. Iīm in the Marrakesh Hotel. Simple, but clean rooms .... the usual ridiclious amount of chlorine in the water. Starbucks is left beside the hotel. So the supply of coffee and some of the breakfast standards is assured. The vacation can start.
21:50 EDSTFsck ... they donīt have the collector mugs like in Germany (the most important sights and the name of the city in large letters). Only this "Facts" mugs. Bought some bottles of water of Ethos water. I wonīt make the error again of drinking water from the tap. My stomach isnīt accomodated to that large amount of chlorine. Water with an ethos? Well ... i will think about that tomorrow morning.
21:51 EDSTIīm going to bed now.
Iīm really tired.
Iīm getting too old for this shit ...
Okay, awake for an hour now. Welcome, jetlag, i didnīt really missed you. But hey, only six hours time-offset ... could be worser. The time offset from San Francisco to Germany is a lot of harder. Nevertheless, i want a flat earth (carried by four elephants which stand on a big turtle). A round earth proved as ineffective. God (the higher entity of the non-existant kind) wasnīt a (business) traveller
I will try to get some additional sleep now.
06:22 EDSTApropos elephants. It must have been a horde of elephants living in the room next to me. Awake now ... well ... looks it makes no sense to try to get an hour more sleep.
09:00 EDSTIt were two hours of additional sleep. Showered and ready for the City!
19:32 EDSTJust arrived back at the hotel. Was quite a walk today. From the 103th to the 53th. Had a nice day at the Museum of the Modern Art and jet another mug for my collection. Iīm a proud owner of a MoMA mug
Grand Central Station is a breathtaking building. And thatīs just a a train station. The hall is huge. NYC, iīm already impressed. It here something not that large ?
Good dinner at an Indish restaurant right beside the hotel.
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