I am terrified of flying. I have a love-hate relationship with the entire thing…
I love airports: the feeling of being in transition, between two places but not quite anywhere; people watching; dreaming up the next trip destination being inspired by places I’ve never heard of appearing on the departures boards.
I hate flying: take-off; the noises and cranks and sounds of the plane; turbulence; realising I’ll be 35,000 feet up in the air in this metal tube for the next however many hours…you get the idea.
Yesterday I saw a post on Buzzfeed of stunning pictures taken out of aeroplane windows, and it got me thinking about some of the amazing things I have seen during various flights in the past few years. These moments make me fall back in love with flying and, I mean, it IS pretty incredible that we can get from A to B in a capsule in the sky.
I thought I’d share with you a few of the highlights and my absolute favourites…
The Grand Canyon
I was on a flight to Seattle from New York, after a short connection in Phoenix, Arizona. About 15 minutes after take-off, I saw something creeping into the horizon out the window. As we got closer, I realised we were flying over the Grand Canyon! It was unbelievable – bigger than I ever would have imagined, the colours so rich. I had to ask an air-hostess to confirm because I just couldn’t believe I was being treated to that view from an ordinary flight service! Breathtaking.
London, at sunrise
I had just spent three and a half months living in America, working at a summer camp, and I was finally returning home. I was really sad to be leaving all the friends I had made, and saying goodbye to the best three months of my life. 20 minutes from landing, I opened my window blind to the view of London at sunrise. I could see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster and the London Eye along the River Thames. It was beautiful! And suddenly I wasn’t quite so sad to be home.
My absolute dream for such a long time was to visit New York City, so seeing the Manhattan skyline appear as we landed at sunset gave me butterflies!
Last summer I flew over the Alps on the way to Crete. Mountains make my heart really, really happy (especially snow-capped ones!).