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Month: September 2016

Entertaining things to do during flights

I think that a trip begins when one sets foot on the road outside the door, as Tolkien writes in his famous works.

Some people tell me that they hate the necessary prelaminar activities to start their journeys, like taking a taxi to the airport, checking in or waiting at the departure gate. Some others dislike the flight or the drive as well. All of them feel that the real trip starts when they arrive to their destinies and engage in the first amusing or relaxing activity.

But I agree to disagree with them… Taking a cab or bus gains a complete new meaning to me when the destination is the airport and the meaning also changes, depending on the nature of the trip (business, vacations, adventure or long terms abroad).

After traveling for a long time, I have also learned to make the best out of the “wasted hours” at airports, gates and planes. In fact, I don’t think they are wasted at all, because actually it is a precious time that can be spent in useful and entertaining activities. And I’m not just thinking about eating, shopping or sleeping.

For example, here are my favourite things to do during flights:

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  1. Reading

Actually, this is one of my favourite things to do in life, so it is not unusual for me to carry at least one printed book and many more in my tablet every time I travel. If it is a short flight, like the ones I took with VivaAerobus (the low cost airline that I discovered when I visited Mexico), I usually read newspapers or magazines. During longer, intercontinental flights, I can engage with something deeper, like novels, essays or philosophy books. Whatever you prefer, you will find that reading is ideal to relax and entertain yourself, whenever you have free time.

  1. Listening to music

That’s another of my top activities and the best part of it is that sometimes you can enjoy it while doing something else. I find that some kind of music, like classic, jazz or instrumental, can create the best environment to enjoy a good reading. Other music is excellent to induce relaxation and sleep. And in some contexts and situations, you can listen to music just because of the pure joy of it. During long flights, you can combine the three options.

  1. Learn something new

Flights lasting more than two hours are perfect to engage in learning activities. It doesn’t have to be something complicated; try to learn a few words of a foreign language; read that article that you have been saving for your free time or find something interesting about the place you are about to visit.

  1. Keep up with your business or job

Well, that’s not the best thing to do if you are on vacations. But if you are heading to a business meeting or convention, you can review your notes or improve your presentation during the flight.

  1. Practice some relaxation techniques

Given the difficult times that we are living, it has become normal that we are always under pressure. Relaxing and meditating are common advices, but when can we do it? If you are going to sit in a plane for more than two hours, use that time to relax and find some peace. Put your head phones on, play your favourite music, close your eyes and do some breathing exercises. You may find that the cabin, with all its steady movements and noises, can be a great place to clear your mind.

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The end of the E.U.

For the last couple of years I have been living in Russia and quite recently I took a trip through some of Europe’s major cites with a friend of mine who works in the industrial real estate business in Brussels and does very well for herself.

It is quite interesting to see how in a couple of years, it is possible to forget the actual ways of one’s country, when adaptation to another place is a requirement both for welfare and survival.

I moved to Moscow eight years ago from Washington D.C to work in an American company dedicated to the affairs of real estate that operates in all of Russia, but focuses mainly in major cities such as Moscow or Saint Petersburg, where the business is quite different from the rest of the nation.

Since I have come here to Europe I see a continent that is much different than the one I remember in a great number of negative ways.

Since the very beginning I have felt that the ideals of the Europe Union were wrong and abusive culturally speaking, given to the fact that the true objective of the E.U was and has always been to destroy the individual culture of European countries, therefore stripping them from their identity.

The European Union’s so called values have been the chief destructors of Europe, for they have earnestly destroyed the roots and traditions of every country of that confederacy, intending to create one big nation destined for destruction.

Throughout my years in Russia I have seen many Europeans come to visit and simply by listening to a couple of words from their ideology and glancing at their empty eyes I could tell, and in fact I told a lot of people, that Europe was destined to burn by a fire built by their own hands.

The leaders of the European Union spread amongst their folk a fever of multiculturalism that spread throughout the member countries like fire spreads through a dry cornfield, speaking harshly against anybody who would not agree with the given policy.

In addition to a fanatical multicultural tendency, the European Union’s leaders have skillfully made working robots out of their citizens, making them forget about any other branch of life, including reproduction, a concept that slowly but surely has become a negative social trend.

This is nothing new, for countries of continental Europe have proved to be much short sighted throughout history, particularly in that of the last century, when they were overrun twice by an enemy who grew stronger than them under their own noses except only for the British who were always, and still are, many steps ahead of the Europeans who have never known how to handle themselves properly.

It is only by looking into the past that we can understand the present and predict the future for humanity has a pattern of behavior that has never and will ever change.

Because of their lack of foresight Europe is now doomed and as usual they begin to wake up when it is simply too late.

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