It’s Saturday Night, Live from JFK in New York…

Good day,

The time is 10:15pm and I”m writing this from the King David Lounge in JFK International Airport in New York City, New York. Today has been long and I’m about 16 hours into my 27 hour trek from Victoria to Tel Aviv. I’ll always remember today as it’s one of those unique days where you wake up in Victoria, have breakfast in Seattle, lunch in Minneapolis and finally a late dinner in New York before finally passing out on a plane and waking up in Tel Aviv, Israel. It’s been a long day but believe it or not, it has flown by…

My friend who we’ll call Gavos is a trooper, he dropped me off at the airport at 4:30am and in no time I was boarding to Seattle. The ocean and islands surrounding Victoria looked stunning at sunrise, naturally I had a seat right near an engine so couldn’t really capture it as I’d of liked. Seattle was cool and I love how you fly right over the downtown core. Once there I eat a quick breakfast before it was off to Minneapolis.

Sure enough I had the center seat, great. Also the two people who surrounded me were the LAST people to get on the plane and turned out to be good fun. The several hour trip melted away and in no time I was in Minneapolis. I’m not a fan of that airport as it has no wifi aka the people who run it are simply not civilized. Also seems all my connection issues stem from such a place, today was no different. Big hello to “Steve Austin” from Austin and my yoga loving friend from from Grand Rapids…

There was bad weather in NYC and as a result we got delayed a few hours in Minneapolis. Suffice to say I have finally arrived in JFK a few hours late but no big deal because my flight to Tel Aviv is at midnight. When you check in with Israeli Airlines aka El Al they ask you several questions and then you get your boarding pass. The guest services lady made a note on my passport and now I’m in the King David Lounge eating tuna fish, hummus and salad while making small talk with some gent beside me who is also working on something.

So I’m basically a day into travel and for whatever reason, never felt more relaxed. Seems like the more you travel the more you realize there is no rush for anything when you’re simply on time. I’m curious what types of meals we get on the flight to Tel Aviv, I’ve heard good things about Israeli Airlines but only time will tell, yes? Suffice to say this is a reminder that it’s no just about the destination, the trek there is definitely part of the trip so lay back and enjoy the ride.

Tips hat,

P.S: The last photo is of the Delta terminal in JFK, talk about tech!? Minneapolis should come take notes…

 

13 Comments

  1. Victoria

    September 9, 2012 at 3:46 am

    So wish i was on my way to tel aviv!! What did you end up eating?? Also where is that place in JFK because i have never seen that before??

    • Rob

      September 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Hey Vic!

      It’s the Delta Terminal as far as I know at JFK, pretty tech eh!? Also I skipped dinner as it was served right as we boarded but I had already filled myself sufficiently. For breakfast it was an omelet and it was standard sky food.

  2. Lea

    September 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I can’t imagine an airport without a WiFi. I think it’s a necessity nowadays. The Delta terminal is an exact opposite of the Minneapolis airport. 🙂

    I look forward to the meals aboard, too, and I enjoy the travel as much as the destination.

    • Rob

      September 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Hey Lea,

      Looks like we’re in accordance with many of our thoughts and styles. It was a fun trip, glad to be in Tel Aviv as I type this and find the meals are a nice way to break up the flight when doing a 6-18 hour flight.

  3. Jim

    September 9, 2012 at 9:46 am

    one tip for you; when they tell you to show up for your flight early when leaving Israel, believe them. I recall entering the country was a breeze, leaving not so much. My boss and I were questioned for nearly one hour at customs. Both together and separately. No idea why but boy were they thorough. And if you like calamari, Israel may have the best in the world. Have fun.

    • Haley

      September 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

      The JFK airport is so techy, I love it! I’ve had 2 connections there this summer and was impressed. Safe travels and have fun!

      • Rob

        September 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        Thanks Haley and it’s a tech geek paradise!

    • Rob

      September 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Noted on customs and the calamari. I can see what you’re saying, I got asked a few questions at customs today. Nothing major but definitely more thorough than most nations I’ve visited. Everything is pretty relaxed compared to the time I showed up to Singapore with a magnificent moustache and the official didn’t believe I was the dude in the photo, that was not cool… ;]

  4. Steve Austin

    September 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

    The flight to Minneapolis was one of the better ones in recent memory. It was fun. You are an entertaining fellow.

    • Rob

      September 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      haha so are you “Steve Austin” if that is your real name, good times for sure and one of my best ones in recent memory as well. I hope that interview pans out but of course it will, you’re that guy!

      Great meeting you, good sir.

  5. Koren @ City Gal

    October 25, 2012 at 7:32 am

    The new Delta terminal at JFK is bomb (it’s basically my second home!!). The lounge could use a bit of updating though! It’s still nicer than others, but I was in the Delta lounge at Narita a few weeks ago and there was no comparison. Perhaps that’s just a difference between New York and Tokyo…

    • Rob

      October 25, 2012 at 7:33 am

      I quite liked it but didn’t get to spend much time, which is never a bad thing.

    • Jared Schnabl

      August 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      The ENTIRE Delta terminal could use a facelift; we still have that tacky, yet cool looking, flying saucer-shaped roof from the 60’s!

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