How is it possible to sleep for 16 hours straight, waking up for meals and then instantly–poof!– back to slumber? It is a cruel time to desert me, your insomniac wife who suffers from fear of flying. Here I am, wearing knee high compression socks and watching an insufferable movie about wedding dates. My dignity is long gone, my clothes are already stained and I don’t smell so fresh.
Thank goodness for Cathay Pacific, which has now moved to my coveted #1 spot in my airline ranking (sorry Lufthansa!). Not only does the airline manage to have moderately comfortable economy seats but get this—they offer free snacks! Yes, while your spouse is winning the Olympics of sleeping, you can hustle your numb butt over to the service area for instant noodles, fruit or peanuts. (Let’s not tell anyone about how I accidentally started to take one of the sandwiches that were intended just for the flight attendants and was rebuffed).
Most of all it is just so weird, brooding among the flickering maps on the seat backs, somewhere over Asia, to be blocked out from news. When we left O’Hare airport my countrie’s political situation was starting to resemble a dystopian novel. I worry, once I finally connect to WiFi, will city centers around the country have erected spray painted gold statues of Trump? Will there be an executive order to address him as Dear Leader?
HOB, you are finally starting to wake up, cranky and looking for coffee. I promise not to give you a hard time about your sleep marathon if you pretend not to notice how long it’s been since I last brushed my teeth.
Your most charming wife,
How we got to 36,000 feet above sea level: flight on Cathay Pacific.
Where we slept: row 45 and seats B & C. Price: $714.68 for 17 x 31″ of space, includes a second flight from Hong Kong to Taipei. Recommended: yes