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Sleepwalking in London [Aug. 9th, 2004|07:44 pm]
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I have pictures to show you from all over, and from now on I resolve to post consistently.

On May 30, 2004, Emirates sent me (as a passenger) to London and New York, so I could be rested and ready to return the aircraft (340-500, for Airbus fanatics) to Dubai on June 1.

I discovered that flying as a passenger is grueling and tiring. I'd rather work! I can operate that 14-hour DXB-JFK sector and be ready to go out in New York when I arrive, but after 6 hours of being sat in cattle class, sleeping and watching Along Came Polly, I was useless as a biped.

But I took advantage of that free trip to London, and with fellow American EK crew member Katie, we met up with her old school friend Stu and attacked the sights. I slept on the bus, I slept on the train. I woke up for some Thai food, then (apparently) we went to some park (Hyde Park?) and some massive palace. I don't remember any of this, but the next day I had the photos to prove it.

And so I present you... Susan's Sleepwalk Through London!

Gate of Big-Deal Buckingham Palace

Flags to remind one of which country one is in, should one be asleep.

"Walk like Susan in London"

Proof that I take better pictures when I'm sleeping.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's one of Emirates' 776,325,492 daily flights to London!

If you can't tell it's an Emirates plane, here's a closer look.

Some massive clock tower. It's famous for being the symbol of London or something.

London was cold... Dubai is scorching! It was two weeks between us moving into the new building and the builders installing hot water heaters, but we got hot showers everyday. They've filled the pool, and two days ago, Don and I went up to the roof just to check it out; thirty seconds later, we'd had more than enough sun. You can never have too many sunblocks or antiperspirants.

So today I went to the telephone company to subscribe to internet service in our brand-new Al Barsha love nest. They said they couldn't help me as I hadn't brought a copy of the tenancy agreement, so here am I at the nearby Browse House; I'll be back in a day or two to present you with little pieces of New York, Singapore, Manchester, and Dubai.

Until next time!

[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-08-09 09:28 am (UTC)

"mind the gap, stay clear of the doors please!"

i <3 the london undergound.

dad's travelling to india on wednesday via singapore and hong kong. i don't trust trans-pacific flights, i prefer trans-atlantic.

good to see you're doing well! :D

hooray sus,
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-08-09 09:36 am (UTC)
Where is Dad.. in Texas? Sounds like a long flight! I don't know if the weather in India has improved, do you? I flew to Delhi a couple of weeks ago, and wow, was it bumpy.

In Singapore, I spent half a day in Little India - that's the closest to actually being "to" India I've gotten. (I've sat on the ground in Bombay Mumbai, Delhi, and Cochin, but that doesn't count..) Anyway, I really wanna go TO India!

For now, I just have Indian food for three meals a day.

I just thought of something - why not let's go to India together sometime?
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-08-09 09:45 am (UTC)
Dad's in San Fran actually, he'll be going to LAX and then to Asia. He's going to take a bus tour of HK or Sing. or both since they offer those for non visa people apparently. Just to kill some time during layover.

I've never been to asia, so the pacific route entices me in an odd sense, in that regard.

India together would be awesome...we'll have to plan it out, I can have dad organize a driver and a car to take us around, i've been to most of the norther and southern temples sites and tourist locations, but i never frown on revisiting. If anything i can take new pics since my old set of 300+ pics from Agra/Delhi were fragged in a laptop harddrive crash a few years ago. =/

I want to goto Dubai...the latest issue of WIRED magazine with the I, Robot cover, had an article on internet city and the bustling eComm business in Dubai with a few pics of the Burj Al Arab and Palm Island. =]

you travelling involkes the wanderlust in me! :D

keep in touch doll, and bon voyage to all your destinations, always look forward to your entries.

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From: (Anonymous)
2004-08-10 03:43 pm (UTC)

Hey Susan!

Hey Susan,

This is Justin, the one that emailed you. It's nice that you posted more pictures...I enjoyed them.....AS ALWAYS!! Hehe!! I just have one teeny weeny request.....would it be possible to take pictures while your working some of your flights? I would really really love that.

So is your new apartment better then the 21 Century?
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From: yukoeh
2004-08-09 09:51 am (UTC)
COOL!!!! :D
Ah...you are flying...I'm envy youuuu!
The result from JAL was not good and I'm taking interviews of JEX(JAL Express) and ANA now!
I hope I pass both of them!
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[User Picture]From: crims0n
2004-08-09 12:38 pm (UTC)
Pictures rock, hope you get internet soon! :P
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[User Picture]From: plumb76
2004-08-09 09:08 pm (UTC)
"Some massive clock tower. It's famous for being the symbol of London or something."

hahahaha!! great caption.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-08-12 12:32 am (UTC)
Hi susan, Genki?
I love to see your blog with a lot of nice & interesting pictures. Take me everywhere in the world with you.
By the way, you look cool with your uniform!!
-yukiko henwood
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[User Picture]From: mr_applesauce
2004-08-12 01:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, London looks soo cool, makes me want to visit my friends over there.
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