Our Departure

So we booked this so-called “Around the World”-ticket that allows more or less independant travelling without fixing exact destinations and dates. The idea of having some “fixed” means of transport from time to time seemed quite assuring to us, especially that nowdays with modern techniques rising to mind-spinning precision, little is likely to go wrong.

August 1st, the first day of our trip around the world (07h25 CEST)
British Airways flight 5080 from Frankfurt to London

Sitting in the plane with our eyes half open (or half closed) still suffering from a little lack of sleep, we start wondering why we do not seem to move yet as departure was foreseen at 07h30. Suddenly the voice of the pilot sounds and announces us with an unmistakable british accent:

Good morning ladies and getleman, here is your captain speaking. Unfortunately the batteries have not been switched off yesterday evening and stayed on the whole night which makes it impossible to start the engines. We tried to load the batteries but this took too much time so I ordered some new batteries which will be here shortly. In the meanwhile I ask you to make yourself as comfortable as possible, be patient and enjoy your breakfast that will be served while waiting.

“As comfortable as possible” double-folded and squeezed in an airplane-seat, “patient” (what else to do?) and “enjoying our breakfast” (ah those British and their “haute cuisine” – well the tea was pretty good) we discussed about what was going to happen to us. A flight attendant told us that we had basically three options:

  1. Catch a flight to Moscow at 12h15 (as there is only one daily for
    St. Petersburg) – for us this option would for sure be the worst one as there is an 8-hour trainride between the two cities.
  2. Wait until tomorrow and catch the plane for St. Petersburg tomorrow – could be an option to visit London, there are probably worst cities to be stuck in… ;-)
  3. Pray to God we arrive on time and catch the next flight – ok that seems the best option to us! :-)

Upon our arrival in London it seemed that some god had felt some pity for us, because somebody was waiting to bring us to the approppriate gate as fast as possible. And off we went conquering time-zones! For the people who like to puzzle a bit, here is a small riddle: we left London at 10h00 to arrive in St.Petersburg at 16h00. How long did the flight take us? :-)

Unfortunately when we arrived in St.Petersburg another surprise awaited us: no luggage. :-( Well not really a surprise as we have two legs to run through London Heathrow International Airport, but the bags haven’t. Well we’ll see, just going to be a bit smelly for a while. ;-)

So this was only our first day, still 364 to go. If they are all like the one today then that’s promising! ;-)

Vera & Jean-Christophe


  1. Thomas
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 21:30 | Permalink

    Bon voyage ! :-)

  2. Posted August 4, 2007 at 1:17 | Permalink

    If you were expecting a classical trip, you probably wouldn’t choose to make this trip.
    So … here you’re served with a day of unexpected.
    “Jia You” as they say in Chinese (I try to set you up for you Beijing stop). Can be translate by something like “courage !” in French. Literally “add more petrol” (so you can go further).
    And further you’ll go. (and as Yoda speak I can).

  3. Posted August 4, 2007 at 8:58 | Permalink

    encore 364 jours de galère et tout ira mieux!!!!mais je crois que beaucoup d’entre nous aimerions avoir ce genre de galère!!!!profitez-en bien; vous apprécierez le retour (bof…..). Bisous. Marie-Annick.

  4. Posted August 4, 2007 at 15:17 | Permalink

    Hallo Vera en Jean-Christophe,

    Bon voyage, Gute Reise, have a nice trip, geniet ervan en kom gezond en met een wereldlijke ervaring rijker terug. We blijven jullie volgen

    Giel en Paul

  5. Posted August 7, 2007 at 14:01 | Permalink

    Hallo wereldreizigers.
    Jullie zullen wel flink geschrokken zijn toen de bagage zoek was. Ik geloof dat je dan vanzelf een beetje in paniek raakt, maar het is gelukkig nog goed gekomen. Ik hoop dat jullie nog veel avonturen gaan beleven en geniet ermaar heeeel veeeel van.
    groetjes Mam

  6. Joanne
    Posted August 10, 2007 at 12:35 | Permalink

    I just went to London last WE with a friend of mine….British Airways…how wonderful!
    We were supposed to leave on sunday evening, the flight was posponed to Monday morning…on Monday morning, we are sitting in the plane and hear (probably the same guy) saying that we should relax and be patient because some oil lick was discovered and had to get fixed before leaving…The flight was delayed for 2 hours and….the luggage got lost!
    Bon courag and bon voyage! :o))))

  7. Posted August 12, 2007 at 16:13 | Permalink

    Et Guillaume qui nous disait que tout était ok pour vous, lorsque nous étions encore en Italie ! Quel démarrage ! Bisous !