Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storms, but instead to add color to my sunset sky.
– Rabindranath Tagore
Linking to Skywatch Friday
At a height of about 440 feet, London Eye was the tallest ferris wheel in the world when it opened to the public in 2000.
But over the years it has been surpassed in terms of height by the ferris wheels in Singapore, China and Las Vegas.
It still stands as the tallest ferris wheel in Europe (may not be after Brexit though ;)). It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London.
“I really need to start saving. By the middle of every month, my bank balance goes to zero”
“My credit card always seems to be in negative balance. It’s a struggle to save any money in this city.”
“Wow! I have sent so much in just a few days. The salary day is still more than 20 days away. I wonder how we will survive until then.”
I am sure you all may have heard or exclaimed any of the above and more at different times of your life anywhere across the world. The cost of living in most of the big cities is definitely rising as the years pass by. Due to the economic slowdown in many parts of the planet, the salaries and the availability of jobs is surely not rising as fast. But is it still so difficult to save a ‘decent’ amount per month?
“Nick, push it up. Push it way up”
“I am trying Ben. But this damn thing isn’t responding.”
The cockpit was a cacophony of alarms and it was extremely difficult for the pilots to hear each other as the twin engine jet spiraled out of control and headed straight for the neighborhood of Rodwood.
Luckily, the pilots found a road to land the plane. But it still clipped a few light poles and cars finally coming to rest near the mayor’s home. Almost immediately, the air was filled with cries for help with passengers staggering out of the burning wreckage.
Whether we accept it or not, the technology at our disposal has made our world a smaller place in more ways than one. While there are positives and negatives for everything, I would still like to think positively as far as technology is concerned.
Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, Weibo, Tencent, WeChat, Vkontakte, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and what not have provided us more ways than one to keep in touch with our near and dear ones. They help us remember and understand the likes, dislikes, where our loved ones are going, what they are doing and everything else happening in their lives. While on one hand, this may reflect on intruding someone’s privacy, on the other hand, this does play a role in bringing people closer whether in love, friendship or family relations. As they say “distance makes the heart grow fonder”.
Emirates, the national carrier of Dubai has consistently been rated among the best airlines on the planet by multiple rating agencies and customer surveys. It has one of the world’s largest wide-body (double aisle) fleet of aircraft consisting of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s.
For someone like me who has grown up flying on single aisle aircraft like the Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and A321, this is surely something to look forward to. Until sometime last year, I hadn’t flown even once on Emirates but as luck would have had it, since then I have aggregated a lot of frequent flyer miles under them courtesy more than 15 or so flights to destinations across continents.
I would be lying if I say that I hadn’t ever dreamt of flying their business class one day. But little did I know that the opportunity would come so soon. While boarding my flight EK871 (Boeing 777-300ER) to Kuwait on Saturday, 2nd September 2017, I was handed a new boarding pass indicating my seat change to 11E in business class. I was delighted to say the least. So yeah to those asking, it was a last minute upgrade which means that I did miss out on the business class lounge.
Cabin and Seat
Each seat measures 20.5 inches wide with a pitch of 60 inches. The seat is angled flat and has multiple controls to do the job. Thankfully, the angle is there at the head rather than at the feet and there’s also a level of privacy with the shield between the seats. Interestingly, the A380 has a completely flat bed in the business class which I hope to try one day :D.
Sometimes it makes you lose yourself amidst the clouds.
Sometimes it takes you to lush green fields and valleys.
Sometimes it takes you to mountains far and beyond.
Sometimes it gives you a sneak peak of the coastline.
Sometimes you experience the day and a lot of light all around while at other times its the night and only the loneliness and the darkness that sticks around with you.
Sometimes you see the snowy winter while at others times you feel the hot summer or the monsoons.
Sometimes it takes you to a world you have only dreamt of.
Sometimes it makes you forget your emotions and brings a smile on your face.
Sometimes it makes you think of your troubles and brings a tear to your eyes.
Life by the window seat is sure to give you all these experiences and more.
Linking to #MyFriendAlexa
It’s the same story every year and things seem to be just getting worse as the years pass by. Flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh have killed more than a 1000 people already in 2017. With rainfall of 300mm on 29th August 2017, Mumbai, India’s financial capital had its wettest August day in 2 decades. With a recovery cost of more than $ 180bn, Hurricane Harvey is expected to surpass Hurricane Katrina as the worst storm on record in United States.
The carbon dioxide levels are at an all time high. The global sea temperatures are breaking records like never before thus creating even stronger storm events. The extent of ice in Antartica is lower than it has ever been. There have been record heatwaves across Europe and US leading to multiple wildfires.
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