“Good evening everyone, this is your captain speaking. We are currently cruising at an altitude of 38,000 feet at an airspeed of 540 miles per hour. The temperature outside is minus 62 Celsius degrees. Right now we’re flying over Vienna and we’ll be passing Bratislava in a moment. We’re about to start descending in 10 minutes and we’re expecting to reach our destination in approximately 35 minutes. The weather in Kraków looks good and the sky is clear. I’ll talk to you again right before landing. In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of the flight with us.”
These are the words I heard on board of the flight FR 6876 exactly 8 days ago while coming back from..
Or wait, you know what? Maybe this time I’ll skip the place and stop in the air for a second. It’s one of the things that make a trip even better – either when you’re on a small Embraer or on a large Airbus, either when you’re flying from Sydney to Tokyo or from Kraków to Oslo – if only the sky is clear, I always enjoy it. And so I did this time. With the origin in Kraków, we were heading southwest when we saw dense clouds rolling over peaks of the Austrian Alps. And this was only a small part of the nice-view series that the Universe prepared for me and Her, as it didn’t get worse on our way back to Kraków – while landing, every single street was visible as clearly as if drawn on the Google Maps.
Of course it doesn’t mean the flight is always perfect and most comfortable, as most of you probably had a chance to find out. Like me, a few years ago, while flying from Florida to New Jersey. There were some bad weather conditions which made the flight delayed and as it might have got better any minute, all just had to stay at the airport and wait for the approval that came no earlier than after.. 8 hours! But as much as most passengers got easily upset, I found a way not to. I had a chat with some nice people from Texas, did a couple of Sudoku puzzles and then acted Victor Navorski from “The Terminal” movie – without Zeta-Jones though.
By the way, one of the things I put on a to-do-in-life list lately was to fly in an airplane cockpit along with pilots. I lost my hope to be one, as it takes too much time and money to get the professional license, but just sitting there would do. I don’t have any idea how to make this wish come true though. Anyone? Any suggestions? It must be worth it since, as my T-shirt says, “the adventures begins where the mountains meet the sky”. And let me leave you with that today.