The Journey Begins...

Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
Trip End Dec 20, 2009

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

My flight left from LAX at 7pm on September 6th and landed in Florence, Italy on September 7th at around 7pm with one layover in Zurich, Switzerland at around 3pm. The flight was obviously ridiculously long, but not as bad as it could have been. Swiss Airlines provided good entertainment in the form of a personal tv on the back of every seat. I spent many hours watching tv shows and movies, listening to music and playing games such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. They even had a camera attached to the outside of the plane so people without a window seat could get a view of what we flew over.

They also served us two meals. We got dinner soon after we got on the flight. I believe I had some sort of chicken meal. A bit later they shut off all the lights, had us shut the windows and we all went to sleep. I didn't sleep amazingly well, but I managed to get a little shut eye because eventually I found myself waking up to the lights on and the stewardess handing me my breakfast. It was sort of nice that they had us all shut the windows and go to sleep, but at the same time it was kind of funny because (thanks to the time change) for most of the time that we were sleeping it was actually not night time at all. So when we woke up and they served us breakfast it was really something like 2 in the afternoon.

I ended up sitting next to a German guy during the flight who was just returning from his vacation in California. Apparently he was going to school in Spain. Why he was flying into Switzerland I have no idea, though. I thought it was funny that he mentioned that he was going to miss the food in the US a lot. When I talk to people from Europe I often hear them complain about how the food in America is so poor. Although, now that I think about it, this is usually Italians and the French.

I had about an hour layover in Zurich during which time I pretty much sat in the waiting area doing nothing really. One interesting thing about the Swiss airport, though, was that when you reach the gate for your flight you actually board a bus rather than the plane itself. This bus then takes you to the plane that is waiting for you in the middle of the tarmac. I'm not sure if it's the same for all European airports. We'll see when I continue my travels.

My flight from Zurich to Florence only lasted about an hour so in no time I was in Italy. I'll recount my night in Florence in the next entry...
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