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Playtime

What started as this …

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Transitioned to this …

Which then led to this …

(Quickly) Exploring London

The total travel time from Delhi to the west coast takes a while – about 30 hours door-to-door.

When booking airfare for this trip to India – knowing that I would be connecting through London, I decided to build in a 24 hour layover into the return leg, rather than continue onwards straightaway with a connecting flight.  With sufficient time to break up my trip and still arrive home on Sunday, I had a good opportunity to leave the airport, grab a hotel in central London and spend time wandering around the city.

I’ve been to London a few times, but don’t know the city well.  Mainly, I wandered for hours with no real plan … exploring the central city with no specific purpose other than simply enjoying a walk before boarding a 12 hour flight back to the US.

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Smog and More Smog

The smog is thick in Delhi. Really thick.

Earthquake

I’m spending the week abroad, working from my employer’s New Delhi office.  Today a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the region, which the U.S. Geological Survey reported as having an epicenter based in Afghanistan.

Despite being over 650 miles away from the epicenter, the tremors caused the 6 story office building I work in to shake for about 30 seconds … which felt like an eternity.  Immediately all building in the giant office complex were evacuated, flooding the streets with thousands of workers.

Reports are early, but I fear for those much closer to the damage.  Today was a humbling reminder that Mother Nature wields a powerful fist.

London Layover

London Heathrow (LHR) is a major international airport, and British Airways  practically owns Terminal 5, the largest free standing structure in the UK.  According to Wikipedia, Terminal 5 is designed to accommodate 35 million (yes, million) passengers annually – all of whom spend a few hours between here and there, killing time as they await a connecting flight.

Add me to that list … my connecting flight to New Delhi doesn’t depart for a few hours and in the meantime, I sit here killing time in the British Airways lounge.

Corner View

En route home from a quick trip to San Francisco, and I’m stuck scrounging around Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, looking for a decent place to wait before flying back to Durango.  I managed to find this corner nook with power and a “view” … somehow this feels like a win.

Layovers.