An Alien in America

An alien's perspective on life and everything else

Transatlantic Flight – Wedding

Posted by nickxyz on May 9, 2007

Just got home yesterday from a 5 day stint in Europe. Love to travel, absolutelty do. Seeing different places, trying all new foods, different cultures, …. IF it weren’t for those longhaul flights! I could absolutely do without those. Someone needs to get on it and make the teleporter available for general availability and soon!

Sitting confined in a seat on the middle row between two other sardines for long periods of time is just not my idea of spending 8 hours worth of fun. Can’t move, can’t sleep, TV program is from yesteryear, when it actually does run, the airline trying to be courteous and turning off the lights during night flights ….. Hello, since when do I check my hard earned adult, do what I want when I want status at boarding?? After 4 hours, everything that can possibly fall asleep, has fallen asleep; gives the medical term of restless leg syndrom a whole new meaning. And then of course, you do the same thing again on the way back, just as my internal clock had about adjusted to the 7 hour time difference and 3 am breakfast dates are no longer necessary.

Given that the better half and I went to a wedding on the other side of the world makes all of that worthwhile, no questions asked. Especially, my brother’s wedding.

The better half was more than astounded by the elaborateness and effort that goes into a traditional wedding. 3 pre-wedding events for family and friends that each can last the entire night and even take you to a different city altogether. Then the actual wedding day, which starts at O-dark thirty for the bride and families, officially begins mid morning at City Hall for the civil wedding, goes on to the church wedding early afternoon and then the actual celebration with friends and family at a local restaurant until the wee hours of the morning (4 am is a pretty good time to go have breakfast, indeed).

All this is interspersed with frequent toasting with champagne, sparkling cider, schnaps, wine, … you get the picture. As all that liquor would be lonely by itself, the wedding party starts out with cake right after church, followed by an early dinner (4 course menu) and desert as well as a midnight snack.

Chitchatting with family and friends that I hadn’t seen in ages…. priceless

The scale indicated XX (censored) more pounds the next day….

Final resume: Well Worth it!! Would do it again in a heartbeat! August will come along faster than I would think


One Response to “Transatlantic Flight – Wedding”

  1. -B said

    You need to contact your brother, yet again, ‘cuz me wants the name of that schnaps that kept getting shoved in front of me by assorted relatives. I just can’t remember the name.

    Martasse, or something like that.

    Post haste.

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