Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Up in the Air

Every now and then, when it doesn’t matter, when I don’t have a tight connection, I take a window seat because I really love topography. I especially love flying the polar route, seeing the ice fields in Greenland and northern Canada, and I always love mountains.

This flight, I have a great seat, 20F, and I love it because while it is a window seat, there are only two seats in front of us, so I can exit and enter my seat as I please, without disturbing anyone, so it is like having a window seat that is an aisle seat, LOL.

Warning: don’t try this at home. Often, when you schedule for 20F, the plane reconfigures so that there is a three seat across in front of you, so you don’t have that easy enter and exit. One time, row 20 wasn’t even in the plane and the rows started with 21. Life doesn’t come with guarantees, especially when it comes to flying cattle class, so just relax, have a good engrossing book, some snack that will tide you over until your next stop and headphones, if that helps you shut out the world you are in.

Here is some of what I enjoyed (fortunately, my seat mates were also readers and preferred having the window shade open; I’m not always so lucky)

It almost hurts me physically when I have to leave the mountains behind . . .

Don’t you love the way the snow and ice appear to drip over the side of this Rocky Mountain area plateau?

The sheer natural power of the river+time combination that ate these paths awes me.

Back in the flatlands, with some puffy, billowy cloud cover. I keep hearing Joni Mitchell singing . . . . 😉

May 17, 2012 - Posted by | Aging, Beauty, Geography / Maps, Travel


  1. If you’ve never used the site before, check out – it’ll let you pick airline, flight, plane type, etc. and then show you a layout of all the seats with color codes for potential problems (like ones that electronics gear under them or no window even though it’s a window row, etc.)

    Comment by bitjockey | May 17, 2012 | Reply

    • I swear by SeatGuru!

      Great post. I have a bladder of steel so I always go for the window seat when I can, too. I love it 🙂

      Comment by Katie | May 18, 2012 | Reply

  2. Good morning, Bitjockey; I’ve wondered how you are doing! I’ve used, and it is everything you say. The problem I have is that I carefully reserve the seat I want in advance, and then the plane is reconfigured and I am assigned a seat I didn’t choose. Aarrgh! Does that ever happen to you?

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 18, 2012 | Reply

  3. What a Beautiful pictures!
    The song remind me my years in Switzerland, We used to listen at it a lot.

    Comment by Hayfa Almughni | May 18, 2012 | Reply

  4. There’s another version, same song, that she sings now that she is older and can’t quite hit all the notes right, but it has a duskier, huskier sound, and I like it every bit as much as I like this one, all wise and reminiscing. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 18, 2012 | Reply

  5. I’ve been fairly lucky there I guess. I think the only time I may have had that happen was when there was a mechanical problem or other delay with the original aircraft and they brought in a different one.

    Comment by bitjockey | May 18, 2012 | Reply

  6. Delta often changes planes, especially in and out of Pensacola, depending on the passenger load. You know me, I am a forward planner, but the day I am traveling, I usually have a lot on my mind, and don’t have a lot of time – or interest – in fiddling with seating; I usually just count on getting the seat I’ve reserved. It doesn’t always work out that way . . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 19, 2012 | Reply

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