Friday, May 30, 2008

The grand debacle ?

So much for the grand plan about posting from all the places I stop on my way to India. This is what happened.

I thought of writing up something in the flight. But I slept through all of them. Woke up only for the food and sometimes I slept through that too. When I reached Dallas FW airport, I was amazed by its size. Its slick. Its huge. And the MCO seemed so small and raw, if you get what I mean.

The waiting area near the gate 30 of terminal D seemed like a mall. The restaurants, duty free shops and coffee places just seemed to be out of place. The flight to Heathrow, London was peaceful. The American planes are comfy, and my decision to take aisle seats was justified. Though, with the 2-5-2 seating arrangement means that window seats aren't a complete no-no.

London airport is huge. And coming off from another huge airport, one can just appreciate the differences between something English and something American. London, makes good use of the space. So, to an American, the airport will seem ultra crowded and congested.

The reason why the plan failed, was that I got to know that both airports have free wi-fi internet. But in fact, both have wi-fi which needs to be paid for. And that too, in the order of about 10$ atleast. The Dallas airport didnt even have a charging point for laptops. There were places where I could charge my laptop, cell phone etc, but it wasn't free. One needed to pay for it.

Eventually, I tucked my laptop back in my bag, and just looked around. Took some photos. And took loong naps.

Back home. Feels good. Relaxed. More about how it feels .. later.. :-)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Orlando International Airport

Trying to make sure I stick to my "Plan"... The drive from Gainesville to Orlando was fun. Didn't make a wrong turn and get lost. Reached places right and sorta on time. Yay. The Toyota Avalon is an awesome fun car to drive.

I think I was over the speed limit all the time!

Orlando seems to be a fun airport. The baggage check-in was a pain. Was told that people in London are really strict about the 1 Carry-on bag only rule and wont let me allow the other personal item of a small backpack. Had to check in that intended cabin bag too. :( A little short on cash since I had my money there.

But the novel and Ipod are in the backpack now. And so is the camera. So i can still read, watch movies, listen to songs. There seemed to be a flight to somewhere south - peurto rico / mexico or something. Spanish speaking folk all over the place. Its fun to watch the kids. The terminal was sorta similar to an Indian railway station. Aasawari has just left. Her plane took off maybe 4-5 mins back.

The strain of sleeping only 2 hours and then driving down is showing. Am feeling sleepy. Dunno how much time I'll get at Dallas. Have just over 90 minutes of halt time there and have to go from terminal A to Terminal D. Atleast.. thats what the website says.

The Plan

In about 3 hours I will begin my loong journey to home. Feels nice. Excited in way that I haven't slept till now. Will catch some 1-2 hours of sleep. And the rest in the planes, I guess.

My route is Orlando - Dallas FW - London - Mumbai. And the first part of the journey begins with a two hour drive from Gainesville to Orlando. Have got an amazing car - the Toyota Avalon 2008. Since I will be alone all the time, I plan to catch up on reading a novel - The Mahdi. Will also probably watch movies.

But since all airports have free Wi-Fi, I plan to document my journey in this blog. Fingers crossed. The Plan is to write about the airports, and the journey till then. Just a small experiment. And hopefully i actually do post at that time and not later .. ie after reaching home etc.

Wish me a happy journey!

Monday, May 5, 2008

And yet again, the question about the existence of a blog comes to my mind. It seems too fake to write only about the good times one has. Or about mildly amusing anecdotes that I may want to share. Or about worldly views that I want to spread with my "readers".

But then, writing about something touchy, or unhappy is too personal. One can't crack jokes about it. And sometimes, you ( = me) don't want to reveal all things that went wrong. The blog is just too public.

And, if a blog is supposedly meant to be a sorta web diary, it, paradoxically, also means that someone has to read it. The whole point of having a blog, and publishing it, is to have readers. And I don't want people to read about certain stuff that I may want to write.

The question is unresolved. The blog entries, will only be about fun stuff... or rather, non-touchy stuff. :-)