Jet Fuel and Jet Lag

Today was one very long day.  We started at 4am from our hotel at Heathrow airport.  Our flight to the States left early so we checked in to the Crowne Plaza and we can park there for 2 weeks at rates comparable to the car parks.

Before boarding, guess where we went?  The heavily branded wrappers are a bit of a clue! I had a small skinny latte and toasted fruit bread. I am not really a Starbucks fan as their coffee is so insipid but I really like their fruit bread.

We flew with American Airlines and they were perfectly adequate.  Our first flight was 8.5 hours to Chicago and they served a brunch of omelette with potato hash, fruit bowl,  croissant with jam, crackers and cheese spread, cheese snax and a mini Toblerone.  With as much juice, tea and coffee as you required.

The omelette and potato hash was ok.

This fruit bowl was sweet, juicy and refreshing.

I dislike flying but compared to work recently, which has been so hectic and involved many long hours, it was actually rather enjoyable being able to sit and watch some films, read my Kindle and play backgammon.  I was impressed by American Airlines’ entertainment facilities on the back of the seat in front of you.

Later on in the flight they served a simple but stodgy meal of pizza, pasta salad and a cookie.  It was ok but too many carbs.

At Chicago we changed on to a smaller plane for a 3 hour flight to Miami which we only just caught.  We went through immigration at Chicago which took ages.  The queues did not seem too long initially, certainly not compared to Heathrow!  But the customs process is so slow.  They ask questions, you have to provide fingerprints and a photo.   To make matters worse, the customs officer we were queueing for marched off the person in front of us and was gone for ages which was really stressful.  We only just made our Miami flight and were scolded by the AA staff at the gate for being so late.  They were rewarded with one of my most displeased and unimpressed glares I have managed to pull off in a long time!

Finally we made it to Miami :-)  We are starting off in a luxury hotel of my choice.  The lobby was impressive.  I am really looking forward to being in this hotel which has a very interesting history which I intend to share over the next couple of days, but not tonight.

Our room faces out from the front of the hotel which looks how I expected manicured Florida to look.  I have never been to Florida before but so far it is as I expected, visually.

Once we had checked in we sat down and enjoyed an ice cold beer and some nuts in the hotel bar.

Having relaxed with a couple of beers we enjoyed an early evening swim in the hotel pool.  It was heavenly to cool down and begin to relax.  We swam around this lovely pool (apparently the largest of any hotel in USA) until it was dark.  We strolled around a little and enjoyed watching the lizards racing off the path as we walked towards them and in to the bushes plus we watched the beginning of a wedding.  The bride wore white but the guests were all dressed up in black tie.  I wonder if that is common in USA.

We were going to order room service and watch a movie but actually none of us are hungry.  So we are watching tv for simpletons and struggling to stay awake.  I have now been awake nearly 22 hours and am knackered.  But glad to be here and excited about the next 2 weeks.

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Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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11 Responses to Jet Fuel and Jet Lag

  1. veg grower up the road says:

    Oh Zoe! It all sounds heavenly. It’s wet wet wet here, so you’re in the right place. Enjoy your chillax and look forward to hearing about your food and travels! Xx

  2. laura1952 says:

    Have a great vacation everyone. Get rested up and I just love the interior lobby of this mystery hotel you picked!

    • Hi Laura, we thought of you and Bob as our flight path took us over Canada and waved from the skies above.

      • laura1952 says:

        Maybe that is about when Bob and I were talking about the two of you knowing it had been two years since we have spent time together. We were in Barbados for our Lucky 22nd on October 22nd Anniversary.

      • What did you do for your anniversary this year?

      • laura1952 says:

        Bob took the day yesterday and today off to have an extra long weekend. We were going to go downtown and stay there for a couple of days, but first Bob came down with the cold a week ago Thursday and I had it by Monday, so we passed and had a staycation at home. We went out for dinner to a very nice upscale restaurant last night for our Anniversary and today is our Granddaughter’s 4th Birthday so we will be going out for dinner for her too since their condo will have maintenance today that requires the hydro being shut off.

      • Sorry to hear you have been poorly but at least you know how to eat yourselves back to health. I am glad you managed to celebrate. maybe next year you could celebrate with us in the UK? We would love to have you stay x

      • laura1952 says:

        That is just the most generous offer. Unfortunately, I will have to pass next year in particular because Bob and I are planning on going to Negril to become re-married for our 25th Anniversary. Of course, this year has to remind us that it is hurricane season during our Anniversary every year, with Sandy turning the country off today with her strength and power.

        You really are blessed you got out of Babados before Tomas hit. It is even more amazing what we take for granted when on holidays.

      • What a romantic thing to do! i remember you telling us how much you loved Negril. I hope you could plan a trip to the UK another year – we really would love to see you.
        We were lucky to escape Tomas and hopefully we will be lucky again and escape Sandy. It is amazing to be reminded of the awesome power of Nature.

      • laura1952 says:

        Zöe, it really is something I would love to do. Stay safe.

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