A Redux

Hello Dear Readers, Sorry for the absence but I had a bit of a crisis of faith in regards to this blog. The origin wasn’t my idea but came at the prompting of friends and after a week of posts, I had few likes and only one person commented and I felt like I was…

Home Again or is it?

There was a meme I saw a while back about being an expat “too foreign for there, too foreign for home, not local enough for either” and it rings true. Switzerland is tough on Auslanders, foreigners, but only because the Swiss are tough no non local other Swiss as well. In such a situation, an…

What is in the bag, Sir?

A slight tangent at the behest of my friend Cynthia @cyfo on what do I bring with me on my travels. So with little further ado, my Top travel companions: 1) the bag itself: this is my backpack and its benefit is that it has a dozen pockets and compartments, slots and Velcros to keep…

Beijing for 8 hours – Would you like a ni hao with that?

Sydney to Beijing 5560 air Miles, total flown: Bibble Continuing our trans global commute from Zurich to Montreal, we are in Beijing for 8 hours from take off to landing. touchdown was at 5:40 am, takeoff was 13:30 pm. Step 1: Get finger printed by the Chinese government to see if I have any priors….

It’s the middle of the night – airplanes and insomnia

I have slept three years on airplanes, over 1100 overnight flights. This is my fourth one since the voyage began. I am also in my fifth time zone on my forth airline, third continent, sixth country, 100,000th air mile…you get the picture on how the numbers add up. My watch tells me it is 6:03,…

Incheon: Ya gots to have Seoul, six hours on layover.

after having spend a grand total of nine hours in Incheon, including arrivals and departure protocols, I had lunch of spicy noodles, soup dumplings, Kimchee and pickled veggies. Explored the airport took a free in city tour of Seoul offered by the airport authority. The layover tours are a great way to see a city…

Jet lag in full effect (a side bar about losing one’s fezzes.)

When I worked for the mining company, safety was a religious activity and I once reported on the effects of sleeplessness and insomnia. On how, after so many hours without sleep, your reaction time equal X level of drunkenness and the effects on your body. Well, this trip has been an empirical voyage . During…

On the Silk Road through Istanbul

Zurich to Istanbul 1097 miles So long Swiss life. So, I am off to Istanbul on the first leg of my transcript global flight home. It will be the third time in Istanbul this year making it my second most visited European Hub after Milan. I fell in love with Istanbul the first time I…

Paris

Zurich to Paris 297 Miles Air Miles I flew to Paris to meet with friends. Actually, I should back that up. I am part of a Facebook group of expats and we decided to connect in Paris. The Friday dinner group was composed of our fearless leader who is a French woman living in the…

Taking Off

This is the first in a long series of stories and suggestions, random thoughts and recommendations from a life spent looking out through an airplane window. I am a Canadian by birth, have lived in Switzerland for the last three years and have flown more air miles than most people ever will. When I first…