Flying Solo: Nine Ways to Entertain Myself

Well this is a first…I am flying to Paris solo.  No travel companion for the first time to Europe in I believe 22 years.  None of my US peeps are making the pilgrimage to Paris this year – a horrific tragedy for them and me!  The original Gal Pal Lisa is taking the train from London to meet me so she won’t be able to entertain me on the plane.  I’ve got no alternative but to suck it up and fly solo.

Spending 9 1/2 hours solo heading over to Charles de Gaulle Airport is not a problem since my favorite flight attendant Sharon Conrad is working the flight and let’s face it, I will sleep most of the time.  But it was way more fun last year flying with Gal Pal Elizabeth, from start to finish a laugh a minute.  On the way to Paris we convinced Sharon to take our photo in the plane lavatory in a funny pose to post on hilarious and infamous flight attendant, turned author, Heather Poole’s blog photo contest entitled “Laviators.” It’s the return flight of 11 hours that won’t be as much fun because there won’t be anyone to reminisce about the trip with.  Worse than that, Murphy’s Law for this Irish girl means that I will most likely score one of the “great unwashed” or “try to cover it up with hideous cologne” people as a close seat mate.

If History is any indication, here’s how I will attempt to entertain myself on the return flight:

  1. Transfer trip photos from the camera to my laptop, discarding any that are out of focus or make me look fat (duh)
  2. Watch “D List” movies that will rot my brain a little and then switch to a foreign film to try to engage some brain cells following translations
  3. Nap
  4. Read part of a novel that I started on the way over, but have to skim from the beginning to recall character’s names and the plot in general
  5. Thumb through the SkyMall magazine and actually stop for a few seconds to ponder purchasing some cheesy item
  6. Complete the “Easy” Soduko puzzle and attempt the Medium one, but leave it after 20 minutes of frustration
  7. Read the entire inflight magazine, even the boring articles on places I know more about than their travel writers
  8. Nap
  9. Fill out the Customs and Declaration card in detail declaring every item purchased abroad that you are bringing into the US  (Yes, every item!  Not cool to be pulled over by Customs Officials and have your integrity in question over an undeclared bottle of wine.  That Bordeaux will lose its panache if you are sipping it with a memory of the old pat down and interrogation, won’t it?)

I know you were all expecting a tenth item since people like the evenness of a “Top Ten” list, but no sense in making something up because I can’t think of anything else I will be doing that’s worth reporting.  And lest you think I am complaining, I assure you I am not!  I don’t mind flying solo, but it sure is more fun flying 11 hours when you are with friends as reported before on my Giggling and Gagging post.

  • Lhd
    Posted at 01:14h, 09 February Reply

    Ahahah I spent 15 years flying solo (for work) and I’ve done it all but for one…. The sudoku!! Super advanced level for me!!! That’s what happens when you spend a lot of time in the sky!! 😉
    Hope the flight doesn’t feel too long!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:23h, 26 February Reply

      Hello Lhd,
      The flight went amazingly fast and I stuck to the easy level Sudoku! 😉
      Thank you for reading my blog and for taking the time to comment.

  • Cassie Piasecki
    Posted at 20:32h, 10 January Reply

    Ha! I would agree with Brandon… drink and take a drug to ensure that sleep will occur. Oh and the smelly guy on the way home is usually accompanied by the damn French cold/cough souvenir that I pick up on the last day.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 20:48h, 10 January Reply

      Hey Cassie,
      So hoping I don’t get any cough/cold on the way over. I don’t’ mind so much on the way back since then I will be comfy back home in my own bed.

  • Brandon S
    Posted at 16:03h, 09 January Reply

    Absolutely love your blog! Paris is my second home!

    Anyway… I tend to whittle down your list to just three simple items…
    1. Order Bloody Mary.
    2. Take two Tylenol PM
    3. Sleep all 11 hours from LAX.

    I used to plan all these great things but they never got done. HAHA!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 10:04h, 10 January Reply

      Hi Brandon!
      Welcome to Weekend In Paris. Love that Paris is your second home. How lucky you are.
      Love your take and the list of three. I perhaps could whittle it down to three if one of the three is champagne.
      Please keep reading and commenting, you’re too funny!

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