02.26.2012 - 02.26.2012
Not much to report on here. This was a grueling day with time spent between airports and airplanes.
Flying out of JFK before midnight, we flew across the Atlantic Ocean on Turkish Airlines for about nine hours. Add a seven hour time differential and the confusion in your brain is understandable. We had two or three hours of transfer time in Istanbul, Turkey, and then departed on the second leg of the journey which lasted about six hours and we arrived in Nairobi somewhere around two or three in the morning. The time to get through customs was long and the 15 minute drive to the hotel from the airport was more like 45 minutes because of red tape and traffic...but in the end, it was all worthwhile.
Let me take a minute to say that Turkish Airlines has become the benchmark of airline travel for us. In the past, we've pretty much held Air New Zealand in the top spot—with foot rests, extra spaced reclining seats, and complimentary wine. Turkish Air, however, has one-upped A.N.Z. with not only foot rests and extra space in the seats, but the seats are like stadium seating in a theatre; the seat slides forward while the back slides down. And the personal entertainment screens for each passenger had 34 movies to choose...and they have complimentary sandwiches and beverages including wine after two excellent meals.
That being said, we were dog-tired by the time we got in the air and remained that way through most of the day. We were briefly exhilarated when we arrived at our hotel and showered.
Then we slept like the dead.