Our flight is at 11.50 p.m. We leave home at 9 p.m. to avoid the heavy Friday evening traffic.
After check-in and immigration we walk around in the duty free area, looking at beautiful displays of cosmetics. There are chocolates, perfumes, books, bags and all kinds of stuff. Branded, every single item, branded.
Beautiful models stare at us from the posters, looking at our red and bleary eyes.
I look around me, am I the only sleepy one here? Lots of people seem to be walking energetically, laughing and talking.
We plod towards the departure gate for security checking and finally to board.
The flight is cold, I snuggle into the blanket. People are watching movies all around me, there is the ‘standard baby who cries’ through the night, probably with ear block.
Can’t rest my hand. Both my kids are sprawled on my lap, deep in nod land, as I struggle to move. Periodically I set them upright. I let my guard down and the two are back, jostling for the most comfortable position.
I nod off unbeknowst to myself. I wake up and realize that a mere 20 minutes have passed.
I am green with envy as I see the man across the aisle, fast asleep; the woman in front of me is in splits as she watches a romcom, another man is working away on his laptop.
The stewardesses walk up and down the aisle, attending to passenger requests. I perk up a little bit when I look at the duty free magazine, lost in my mental shopping for a few minutes.
I need to stand up and stretch. No such luck.
Finally after what seems like eternity, we land…but it’s not over. Disembark and walk, hundreds of weary people plodding-on at this unearthly hour. Immigration done, and now at the luggage carousel.
The bags look tired too, as they slowly snake down. Brown bags, black suitcases, purple, whites, greens…no sign of our bags.
Finally, they arrive. We load them on the trolley and head to the taxi stand; another long wait before we reach our destination.
Bliss, the ability to stretch and bend. The joy of having a hot cup of aromatic coffee.
Back on land…till the next flight.