traveling to russia in style!
we made it to russia! i am sitting here at who knows what time because my body just time traveled. we got on a massive plane from houston to amsterdam and i have to say…KLM airlines is where it’s at!
did you notice on the above picture that the plane has a raised front? well that’s because it has a freaking staircase in it! my husband prefers smaller planes so he was a little freaked out by the double decker but i loved it. i just picture that they have to work even harder to keep it in the air so people are paying better attention.
everyone on the airlines was so nice and friendly and guess what….we had the whole row to ourselves!!! this alleviated about 73% of my anxiety so i was very content. here is another example the “anti-reflective eye glass covering” business could use-my glasses have it and his don’t.
guess what else helped my travel anxiety? on the TV option, it had a “relaxline” program which i immediately tried and by immediately i mean after 2 movies. i made it through phase 3 and then passed out. it had this pleasant lady’s voice telling you how to calm yourself and enter a relaxed state. amazing.
our flight was about 9 hours so we enjoyed a surprisingly tasty dinner and breakfast. dinner is pictured below and would you believe that they serve tillamook cheese (FROM OREGON) on KLM?! i didn’t actually eat it because i do stick to a strict no dairy while traveling but i held the packaging after my husband ate mine for a while. oh how i miss that place of liquid sunshine.
they also have free wine, which is always absolutely positively okay in my book. always.
we had smooth sailing into amsterdam and an amazing sunrise to welcome us to the land of some of my ancestors. i told my husband i would really like to actually visit amsterdam for its own separate trip, not just a multi-hour layover. someday.
we got overly spoiled on our first flight to amsterdam so our next flight from there to russia was crowded and smelly. it’s also when jet lag really set in so i started feeling a liiiitle crazy. i was so exhausted that i couldn’t keep my eyes open but every time i closed them it felt like my whole body was in a washing machine-not pleasant.
flying into moscow was breathtaking. also, the customs agents were very stereotypically unfriendly and stone-faced and did not appreciate our chipper attitude. you are given a small white paper that you must save or you cannot get out of the country. i am already paranoid that i’ve lost it.
we arrived to our family friend’s house at dusk and i am still a little delirious so picture taking didn’t really happen. we are off to go walk around the city some because sitting makes jet lag worse.
the new wifestyle: appreciate the comforts of traveling because you may not always have that luxury.
1) any secrets you have for combatting jet lag?
2) do you have a favorite airline?
3) do you have any travel anxiety?