All flights depart Muscat in the middle of the night. My trip took me from Muscat back to Dubai and then after a 6 hour layover, on to Venice. Or so I thought. Travel in this part of the world is not the most fun thing because it seems it’is always in the middle of the night. Half asleep, I boarded my flight from Dubai to Venice and then tried in vain to get some sleep. Shortly before landing, the pilot came on and made the usual speech. This pilot had a very strong accent and I paid little attention to him since I fly all the time and rarely pay attention to the announcements…unless they say “PREPARE FOR A HARD LANDING!”
Anyway, we land and I get off the plane. Something isn’t quite right. I’m not hearing Italian. I’m hearing people talking like Arnold Schwarzenegger! Oh hell…I’m not in Venice…I’m in VIENNA! Panic sets in as, in my state of sleep deprivation, I try to remember which country Vienna is in!! And once I figure out it’s Austria, I try to remember where Austria is on the map…and just how far away is Venice??? I look to my left and see the ticket counter for Austria Air. Just my luck, one seat is left. Once I had my ticket in my hand, I had to laugh. Emails from my travel person referenced Venice but when I looked at my boarding pass, in black and white, it said VIE. Who knew VIE was Vienna and not Venice?? Finally, 3 hours later, I am in my room in Lido, Italy! Lesson learned…pay more attention to the first announcement that says the flight number and destination!
|One of my covert photos of the Sistine Chapel|
|The Arno River, Florence|
Things have quieted down here in Lahore but another crisis could be brewing. Another movie, “The Innocent Prophet” is scheduled to be released December 14 and could very well cause more protests and demonstrations. The world is full of knuckleheads who feel the need to make stupid films when they shouldn’t.