I’ve just wrapped up an incredibly relaxing one week vacation in the Maldives. I’m usually not much the relaxing type, but for the first time I can remember I was able to truly unwind, and I’d return in a heartbeat.
The only downside to the trip was that I caught a cold the second day I got there. It must have been my crazy outbound routing, combined with getting virtually no sleep the first night I was in the Maldives.
So I wasn’t feeling 100% yesterday due to being in the final stages of a cold, combined with being sunburned and having some bug bites.
After flying from Kooddoo to Male on Maldivian in the last row I was quite looking forward to getting on my Cathay Pacific redeye to Hong Kong, where I’d get a fully flat seat.
The Cathay Pacific flight was operated by an Airbus A330 featuring Cathay Pacific’s reverse herringbone seats, so is perfect for a 5.5 hour redeye.
I basically viewed the flight as a slightly shorter version of New York to London, which is a route I’m pretty well accustomed to.
But goodness gracious, I’ve never shared a cabin with a needier crowd. I’ve always kind of assumed the Maldives is more of a couples destination than family destination, though this cabin had nearly as many toddlers as adults. On top of that, it seemed that no one actually understood the concept of assigning seats in advance, since in almost all cases couples with kids were seated apart from each other.
Let me say at this point that I’m not at all opposed to having babies/toddlers in premium cabins, and I’m not trying to bash parents traveling with kids. I’m just sharing my experience, and that this is the highest percentage of toddlers I’ve ever had in a cabin.
I don’t think I could have orchestrated a more cacophonous ambient noise for the 5.5 hour flight if I tried.
I had a toddler in the seat in front of me. I had a toddler in the seat across from me. I had a toddler in the seat behind me.
And I had the most poorly behaved 4-5 year old I’ve ever seen seated across from me diagonally. As luck would have it, his parents were seated somewhere completely different, and he was quite possibly the neediest human I’ve ever witnessed.
It was like surround sound.
So I barely slept, and then
I woke up decided to stop rolling around 30 minutes before landing when the captain made his pre-arrival announcement. Usually I’m not a groggy person and can quickly wake up, but this morning was an exception, as I don’t think I’ve ever felt more “out of it.”
The flight attendant offered me orange juice. I spilled it all over my console.
A few minutes later she brought me another glass. I spilled it again… on the seat this time.
So I ran to the lavatory to get some towels, and it showed as being unoccupied. Except when I opened the door there was a lady in there. Clearly I wasn’t thinking straight, because I still proceeded to grab paper towels and muttered “sorry, I spilled something,” while she gave me a death glare.
In retrospect I’m horrified, but in my sleep-induced state that all made perfect sense at the time.
I then went to stow my belongings in the overhead, and as I did so my Bose headphones fell out of my bag and onto the floor. 4-5 year old diva boy decided to take a break from abusing the flight attendants to cry, at which point his dad came over and started yelling at me in Chinese.
So yeah, not my proudest day of travel…
How was everyone else’s weekend?