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not for the faint-hearted!

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2016 by xi'an

While flying over to Boston yesterday, I had a look at The Martian on my seat screen but this proved too much of a hardship: after watching the early self-surgery scene, which is definitely realistic and somewhat gory, I just fainted. Really and truly fainted, which means I came back to my senses being dragged on the plane floor by two Air France flight attendants!, hearing and seeing them but being unable to react for a dozen seconds. There was a doctor in the plane who checked upon me while I was coming back to my senses and his final advice was to stop watching this “kind of movies”, as if I knew I was going to faint from watching a  PG-13 movie… (It actually happened to me once earlier, in that I came close to fainting from watching The Last Temptation of Christ in Ithaca in the 80’s, while protesters were demonstrating outside the cinema.) Quite an embarrassment, frankly! And I did not even watch the rest of the movie…

flight to Berlin

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , on December 11, 2012 by xi'an

Berlin Tegel Flughafen, Dec. 9, 2012Tough ride to Berlin, although nothing terrible in the end! First, the plane departure was quite delayed in Paris by snow falling over Berlin, meaning the runways had to be cleaned. Second, loud kids in the seat behind me with a fairly ineffective if equally loud father repeating he was going to get angry if they did not stop…and eventually switching seats with his wife who surprise surprise managed much much better! Third, more delays in Berlin as the runways were only partly cleared and all gates were busy and the bags took more than one hour to come…

Here is a sample of the conversation in the plane (French fluency clearly superfluous!, but I could not transcribe Henri’s part, as it was half in French, halbst im Deutsch…):

Henri, ce n’est pas gentil, tu arrêtes de donner des coups de pied à Joséphine!

Attaches-toi, Henri, sinon Papa va se fâcher…

Donne-lui des serviettes pour essuyer, chacun une. Fais-le bien…

Encore un gâteau, Henri ? Je vais demander au stewart.. Maman dit non, plus de gâteau.

Tu lui as fait mal, Henri, ramasse ton biberon. Et le chapeau du biberon, il est où?

Henri, tu te rattaches et tu te détaches plus, sinon Papa se met en colère.

Jotunheimen

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , on June 10, 2012 by xi'an

I did not see any troll in this land of the giants. Presumably, we were flying too high…

Grand Canyon [plus haze]

Posted in pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on December 11, 2011 by xi'an

The flight from Salt Lake City to Phoenix today was also uneventful, except for the incredible views it provided! This was the first time I was near the Grand Canyon and the sheer scale of it is definitely impressive. Unfortunately, it was more hazy than I thought (or my Coolpix S3100 camera is even poorer than I thought), but the pictures all came hazy…. Maybe will I get a second chance for better pictures on Tuesday when flying to Minneapolis (and then to London).

I am now at the conference resort, a puzzling place surrounded by a golf course and a huge park (and far enough from anything else to require a car!). A striking coincidence is that I got the same room number (311) as in Salt Lake City (“not that anyone cares…”, TBBT.3.3)

clouds

Posted in pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on November 1, 2011 by xi'an