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Monday I was asked by my boss if I could fly back to Uganda on Thursday to troubleshoot the project from hell that I worked on. I'd like to say with my new found sense of confidence it wasn't a problem - but it was. I think the suddenness of it didn't give me my usual time to mentally prepare. But I did it. Here I am in Uganda!
The anxiety *before* the flight is still there but seems to be getting better once on the plane. Whatever anticipatory anxiety I had lessened (couldn't say evaporated) once in the plane, surrounded with the new Neal Stephenson novel in paperback (don't know if I like it or not) the moving map, and 20 channels of bad movies.
Flying from NY to AMS in my favorite Delft blue KLM triple-7 was great, only slight jet stream chop. Missed my connection which meant a long lay-over in Amsterdam but that meant I could leave the airport and see the city for a few hours. KLM again was great. Love this airline. The original plane went "tech " and rather than try to fix it or patch it they rolled out a spare plane got it ready and flew it on the AMS - JFK leg. It was good to see they'd rather be late and anger potential customers than compromise safety. Great to see an airline deal with customers "honestly." Most people I think are reasonable enough that if you give them a legitimate excuse they won't be happy about delays but they won't be screaming lunatics either.
THis meant I'd have to fly to Nairobi and on to Uganda via Kenya airways. One positive is that Kenya Airways has pretty good food for airline food. Plus I ilove hearing the announcement in Swahili and catching "safari" which apparently just means trip - nothing exotic!
Flight to Nairobi was good too, pilot warned of turbulence over the Sahara, but it wasn't too bad.I figure if I count to 80 when I get nervous the worst of the turbulence is almost aways gone, which proves that chop is usually not so bad. Maybe that was in one of Captain Keith's programs so this isn't an original thing.
Flight Nairobi to Entebbe was great. We left an hour and a half late, but the pilot refused to take off until he was satisfied that a break malfunction indicator light was nothing. Saw the source of the nile at Jinja and some towering clouds (which we safely avoided by going further north than usual - hence flying over Jinja) I go back to New York on Saturday. Long layover in Amsterdam again - by design this time - and am going to do some serious sightseeing. Well I am proud I did it again . I can't say I don';t already have anticipatory anxiety but this project is so fraught with tension anyway who can tell where my anxiety is from?
And in three weeks I get to go from New York to Nairobi for our International IT conference (Not this project, please!!!!!!) British Airways via LHR - will have to compare them to my new favorite airline.
So I am truly lucky and blessed with job that entails atravelling and I am very grateful to this site to help me calm my nerves when I do go.