So - on May 30th I flew from Manchester, England, to Newark in New Jersey. Back in November 2013 when I booked this flight, I decided to do something that's been on my 'bucket list' for a long time i.e. fly Business Class.
My day started early with a taxi to the airport at 6am. After check-in and security, I made my way to the 'Escape Lounge' in Terminal 2 - to enjoy free coffee and a bacon muffin. Well, not exactly free, because I'd paid for it with my Business Class fare, of course, but it was very civilised sitting in a quiet lounge instead of a noisy terminal.
First smoked salmon
And finally ice cream
Then it was time to watch a movie, before another 'snack' about 4pm (i.e. 11am USA time)
As we approached Newark Airport just before midday (USA time), there was a somewhat hazy view of Manhattan - and my first sight of the Freedom Tower.
My cousin Liz met me at the airport, but we had to wait a while as her husband had parked at the wrong terminal, so he had to go back there to collect his car. Then we were on our way to Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
Eventually, after a lot of chat and laughs (and pizza - and Miller Lite), I got to bed at 11.30 pm, which was 4.30am in my time. I'd been up almost 24 hours - it was a long day!