Tuesday, August 28, 2007

On Vacation

I'm enjoying a vacation at the moment. I decided to visit a friend in Los Angeles. I have been here once some years ago, but wanted to check it out again.

The flight here was so long. Yes, I knew that in theory, but experiencing it was another thing entirely. From Lagos to London was okay. That's a fairly short flight (6 hours) and it was night-time, so I slept.

From London to LA was 10 hours. The in-flight entertainment was not working for the first two hours or so. It took me a while to realise when it started working, because the crew member who was working on it (Tim) had made several announcements about it already, re: how he was working on it, what he was planning on doing next, etc. At a point he said in an anguished voice, "I am sure that you are so tired of hearing my voice by now. I will just keep working on it and when it starts to work, you should see it on your screens."

Ten hours in a plane is no mean feat and I kind of under-estimated just how long that journey is. Plus, how disorientating. After traveling for about 24 hours (including time from my house to the airport in Lagos, wait and flight times and finally to my friend's house in LA), it was only about 3PM on Sunday (in Pacific time). I called home and it was Monday already. I have been pretty tired - more than I thought I would be after all I am no traveling novice. It's 4:34AM (Tuesday) here and I am wide-awake. I can see that if I don't force myself to sleep and wake-up at regular times, I could be recovering all week from the flight and time difference (then of course, about the same time I fly back to my familiar time-zone and will have to re-adjust).

9 comments:

Vixen said...

Enjoy your stay in the US. It's a shame it wasn't for longer...you could have come out to SF...Cheers!

Ore said...

Thank you, Vixen! I'm enjoying it so far.

disgodkidd said...

oh no......you're too far away....come back soon...ok, now let me read...

disgodkidd said...

bwell(trying to be brave) have fun. not too much. bring me back a souvenir...hmm...mp3 player? ipod?...come back quickly...

naijacutie said...

is it just me or r u always travelling? i want to be just like you when i grow up...lol

Uzo said...

Have lots and lots of fun and try to get as much rest as you can

laspapi said...

Ore, had no idea you were out of town. Have a safe journey back, hope to see you soon.

What's with this "anon" comment? 2nd time I'll see that

obyno said...

Didn't believe I could miss reading a blog this much, especially seeing as I have been so remiss lately about keeping up with mine. Or maybe that is why I have been missing reading yours this much. Enjoy yourself, recharge your batteries, and return with more, not less.

Ore said...

Thanks for your kind comments everyone. I'm back now and I had a good time.