Hello from Detroit!
Here’s the next video: best flight of the trip!!
My travels have been pleasant again with no delays. I even got a SHOWER in Amsterdam!!
I started the trip in the Nairobi airport. My flight wasn’t until 10:50pm. We’d had lunch at 2pm, and we didn’t want to eat a big dinner before going to the airport knowing we’d be fed on the flight. I was planning to have a LaraBar to tide me to midnight but I found a cheese platter in the lounge. I had 1 of the goudas, the roll and my banana, which was waaay overipe! I saved the other cheeses + crackers for my National Geographic friends who were flying coach.
On the plane I got another bowl of nuts. I couldn’t keep myself from eating them ALL – I was hungry! I don’t want to think about how many ounces that was, but nuts have never tasted so good.
For dinner we had a choice of a small cold supper or a hot dinner. I really wasn’t that hungry after my snack so I stuck with the supper, which was plenty.
The couscous was really good!!! I loved the combo of smoked salmon and cilantro. And that red thing is a tomato shaped like a rose! I definitely want to replicate this dish.
It came with this tart, which tasted like melted French vanilla icecream!! I ate most of it.
I turned down this yummy sounding chicken and luxury chocolates!
I managed to sleep for 5 hours on the flight, but it was SO bumpy!!!! Serious turbulence for the first 2 hours, then I slept better for the second 3. It’s funny how our Kericho flight was so much smoother.
I was awoken abruptly to breakfast at about 4am. She gave me this drink – it was called a liquid yogurt? It was like a cross between Kefir and yogurt. A sweet smoothie? Very good!
Then came the breakfast tray. We got to choose some options when we got on board to design the perfect continental breakfast. I was THRILLED to see that delicious muesli again!!
Best. granola. ever.
When they tray arrived I really wasn’t that hungry, but it had been 5 hours since dinner and I had 5 hours until my next meal, so I ate.
The hot component was a Apple Cinnamon Crepe. KLM sure knows how to do meals!
It was good, but I didn’t finish it.
When we landed I went to the KLM lounge again. It was so nice to know where I was going and what to expect this time.
The first thing I did was request the key to a shower closet. Man that hot water felt so good! It’s a little room with a shower and sink, towel and shampoo/soap. Very modern and clean too.
I certainly feel much cleaner then I did on the way here after this nice cleanse session.
The yogurt + fruit + granola + milk + wine + cookies + rolls + cappuccino all looked grand, but I decided I was not hungry and should not have anything. I got some good work done as the sun rose!
2/3 of the way through my 3 hour layover I did get a little hungry and had a cappuccino (from a cool machine) and two Euro cookies. I decided to let hunger build for the flight breakfast even though the other foods looked really good.
On the plane, it felt like lunchtime! So I settled for one last complimentary chardonnay. As much as I’ve taken advantage of the gratis refreshments, I really feel quite gluttonous coming home from this trip. I can’t wait to have raw veggies again!
I am now on Northwest Airlines and I have to say I miss the European feel of KLM. The food on this flight just isn’t as good. It’s not as fresh tasting, and it really does taste like American food. What’s the difference?! Here was the cold part of breakfast. I left a little of everything.
Except this roll. I made a ham and gouda with it!
The for the hot component I wanted the peach pancake, but since I am thinking of this as “lunch” I went for the omelet instead. It came with a tomato, hash browns and mushrooms. I ate all the veggies but left the hash browns and some omelet. I’m just not a fan of hot breakfasts! Give me yogurt and granola! (Oh wait, take that back, I forgot about oatmeal!?!?!?)
I took a 1.5 hour nap (holy drool – haha!) and woke up to get some work done. I finished my Africa Highlights Video – to come soon – and I’m up to 8 pages in my Foodservice paper (guh).
An hour before we landed, we had a “snack”
It was a make-your-own-sandwich type deal. I made prosciutto and cheese one –
And couldn’t resist the dessert – it was a marshmallowy thing. I didn’t finish it all, but I definitely ate all the ganache off the top.
Customs was a PAIN. Although it moved swiftly. And I made the mistake of not going to the bathroom before landing so I had to go!
I was excited to find some carrots in the NWA lounge!!! Yay VEGETABLES!! I’m also having a club soda spiked with cranberry. What meal is my stomach on at this hour!? I think it’s 7pm in Kenya now?
It’s weird to be back in the USA because everything is so packaged. The cheese + crackers, the eye mask package on the flight.
If my flight is on time, I’m landing at 3:30 and then we’re going to a party tonight! Not the best timing since I”m short on sleep, but I’m excited to see our friends and we planned this long before I knew I was going to Kenya.