Lessons before Class

I left the U.S. 9 PM eastern and arrived in London 11 AM their time. I did not sleep for more than an hour on the flight so the only thing I can say about London is their airport lounge seats are great for 30 minute naps.

The  entrance to the retired monastery I am staying in

I arrived at my final destination 4 PM Luxembourg time (10 AM  eastern). Luxembourg is breathtaking with a city landscape and rural areas in between. I have already traveled nearly the entire rural area of the city on our way to dinner last night. Luxembourg mixes the modern and old with brand new cube houses sitting next to cottages out of Snow White.


I’ve already learned a few things before class has even begun so I want to share them here:

1. Taping the lid onto a bottle does nothing if said lid is not taped closed

Thank you body wash for getting on basically all my toiletries. Thank you Taylor for putting make up in a bag separate from the rest of toiletries

2. Norwegian has dang nice planes and service

The plane had a touch screen android for every person with free movies, music, and games. I am unbelievably sensitive to motion like I get headaches if I focus on my phone while riding on an elevator yet this plane did not bother me one bit. The take off and landing were super smooth. The two biggest advantages of the plane was the speed (I went Orlando to London in under 8 hours) and the fuel efficiency. You may be wondering why you’re supposed to care about a planes fuel efficiency but it allows Norwegian to keep prices crazy low. I paid under $400 for an upgraded seat while I struggled to find any other flight under $650.  Also high fuel efficiency is better for the environment and if you don’t care about that then you need to go hug a tree. Yes. I am serious. Get up. Walk outside. Find a strong (or weak (I’m no picky)) tree. Now,  wrap your arms around it. Don’t you want to go recycle now?

The attendants were amazing too. I was cold on the plane and blamed it on my stupidity of not bringing a blanket or sweatshirt. About halfway through the flight an attendant stood in my area for a few minutes and walked away. She returned moments later with free blankets for everyone near me because the emergency exit door was making it colder in my area than anywhere else. Those blankets were $5 a pop.

climbing 3. Do not assume because you “can sleep anywhere” you  will be able to sleep on an overnight flight

 Instead you will sit zombie eyed watching Reese  Witherspoon walk 1000 miles and start imagining maybe  you should could do that.

4. Arriving a few hours after everyone else is not the worst thing

For example you could end up in only one of two rooms with its own bathroom.

5. Words have different meanings here

Like a “15 minute walk” actually means over an hour and a half walking up and down incredibly steep staircases and slopes.


6. Luxembourg bartenders are not used to people ordering liquor and soda

This is 100% from observation (yes, really, mom. I had a lovely Merlot with my ravioli). Two different students ordered two different variation of a soda and liquor and both resulted incorrectly. One received a soda with no vodka and the other received whisky with no soda. Apparently, the Luxembourgers are much tougher than Americans when it comes to drinking liquors.

And last, but certainly not least

7. A map on a phone means nothing when you have no data

Referencing my previous post, my phone map does me no good because I do not have wi-fi throughout the city. Instead I actually pay attention to where I am walking and pray I remember the way.


Last night and today have been unbelievable touring the city with literal perfect weather (70 with few clouds). I plan to upload more photos (of the 500 I took) later tonight but for now I am off to dinner.

Update: The photos are now live on my flickr



One thought on “Lessons before Class

  1. Tay, Thank you for sharing your new experiences, I am loving them and look forward to many more. I miss you on our Yathzee games…Stay safe. love you.

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