I am on the flight to Munich, the stopover en route to Amsterdam where I’ll join up with the ILPS folks for the international committee meeting tomorrow. Someone will pick me up and take to my accommodations from the train station in Amsterdam, as billeting has been arranged. I still have a long way to go. The time zone for Germany is eight to nine hours behind Korea time, and it takes over 10 hours to fly there.
It is three o’clock Seoul time, so we have almost been on this flight for three hours. I have been listening to music on the airlines’ channels. I feel content, though already a little impatient. I was given the last seat on this flight after changing flights a couple of weeks ago, and that is the “bulk” placement in the middle seat on the row of seats at the mid-cabin emergency exits. I thought I had chosen my seats online, but I overlooked the fact that my seat numbers would have changed with the revised itinerary. Anyway, this seat assignment gives me extra legroom, and I am mostly not bothered by people climbing over me to get in and out of the tight space between the regular rows of seats.
The timing of this blog entry is mixed up because of the time difference and the length of the flight. I am pretending it is evening already, to justify starting to write the next day’s blog today. Yet, I can correctly say that it will be the next morning on June 5 by the time I arrive to the Netherlands, according to the Korea time zone. Ha-ha! Tricky! I only wrote the last blog entry, the one for June 4, about four hours ago—around eleven o’clock in the morning, Seoul time, when I was waiting to get on this flight at the Incheon International Airport.
Well, writing is something to do on the plane. The netbook only has a couple more hours of power left in it, so I am taking advantage of the spare time and the available of this equipment. I have a book. It is, The Life of Pi, as a matter of fact; yet, I have not yet touched it. It is tucked in my magazine pouch in front of me, still in its bookstore wrapping, a virgin printed copy. I read papers and only listened to music while waiting for lunch. After lunch on the plane, I played card games on this machine. I got tired of that, but I feel relaxed and content enough to write the daily blog.
The new age music I am currently listening to is making me feel light, suitable to the activity of traveling in flight. It is enhancing my contentment. I feel really good and carefree to be making this journey. I am only a little drowsy. My neighbors to the right and left of me are pleasant as they are sleeping and not bothering me at all. I did pick up coffee twice, once at the Gimhae airport, and again at Incheon airport, so I supposed I got temporarily perked up. After only getting about six or six-and-a-half hours of shut-eye last night, though, I probably will feel more like sleeping later.