Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Long Voyage Home

I am so happy to say that I am typing this post from my cozy room, in bed with a hot cup of pumpkin coffee and a full belly of cheesecake oats/yogurt (AMAZING!!! post to follow shortly!).

Thanks to a fantastic roommate who came to pick me up last night at Logan, I was home by 830 and asleep by 9!  I forced myself to stay up on the last leg of my flights so I would be plenty tired when I landed.  It was around 2am Odessa time, so I was basically falling into bed!

To prepare for a day of over 16 hours of traveling I went for comfy and functional w/ a bit of style.  An airport is not a runway, but at the same time I don't want to look like I just got out of bed...  I paired my skinny jeans and TOMS w/ a ruched pink sleeveless top (Nordstrom Rack), an off-white wool cardigan (New York and Company) and my blue plaid pashmina scarf.

I cannot stress enough how much you want to wear functional pieces when traveling.  If you need to run from one terminal to another in 10 minutes and get through security checkpoints as quick as possible the last thing you will want to deal with is taking belts on and off and trying to remove those gorgeous but hard to squeeze into boots!

My planning paid off this time.  I had to go through 1 transfer point and 2 security checkpoints in Istanbul, Turkey. Also, thanks to a delayed take off in Turkey myself and 11 other passengers had to be escorted by the airline from our arrival gate in Munich to our connecting flight for Boston.  A special thank you is in order to Lufthansa for making sure that we made our connections!  I cannot imagine all that running from flight to flight in high heels or taking off countless amounts of belts/jewelry again and again for security.

You can look presentable and still comfortable, I promise you!

Once on board my final flight to Boston, I gladly accepted the complimentary champagne from the flight attendant and got myself ready for the next 7 hours.  When flying there are a few things I like to keep at my seat to ensure an enjoyable flight.  My top items are:

  • Large bottle of water
  • Kindle
  • iPod Touch
  • Lotion
  • Chapstick/Lip Gloss
  • Blackberry
Hydration is key! Airplanes are very dry and you will feel much better at the end of the flight if you stay hydrated!  That goes for lotion and chapstick too, 7 hours in recycled air can do a number on your skin.

One major perk for me when flying internationally with work is that I get to go business class!  It really makes a huge difference to be able to rest and re-energize enroute when you are usually expected to work as soon as you step off the plane.  Some of the perks are cocktails, meals, your own tv monitor and a seat that reclines flat so you can sleep!
Salad with lots of veggies, pumpkin and a pretzel roll (soo yummy!)

Coffee and after dinner treats! Cookies and Bailey's makes this girl perfectly content and sleepy!

Roasted duck with braised apple red cabbage and potato dumplings

My week in Odessa was another great experience!  I worked my toukas off but still managed to find time for fun and sightseeing!

The Black Sea!!!

Now I must face my reality of day to day life and conquer the large pile of laundry & overfilled DVR situations at the apartment.  Tomorrow I am finally getting to Northboro to visit Massachusetts newest supermarket opening.... WEGMANS!!!  I cannot even begin to express my excitement for this store!