8 Things I Saw/ Heard/ Learned/ Realised While On Planes


To round up my month of adventures, here are a couple of bits and bobs which I’ve found heartening, enlightening, inspiring or just plain cool. I think my favourite travel quote of all time would be pretty apt for this post so here it is:

“Travelling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
― Ibn Battuta, The Travels of Ibn Battutah

1. RyanAir has the coolest boarding music in the world. This forum is proof. And I’ve recorded it so You can listen to it too. 😉

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2. Sometimes, people have interesting things written on the bags they carry.

A woman’s bag read:

“Imagination sets the spirit free,
Into distant lands of fantasy,
Close your eyes and you will see,
Within your mind there lies the key.”

A man’s tote bag read:

“My other bags are Prada.”

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3. Five of my favourite love songs are: Can’t Help Falling In Love With You by Elvis Presley, I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher, Jasmine Thompson’s cover of Like I’m Gonna Lose You (originally sung by Meghan Trainor and John Legend), Eternal Flame by Atomic Kitten and Whole Again also by Atomic Kitten.

I don’t know, I seem to gravitate to love songs thousands of feet above the ground.

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4. Greek only has 24 alphabets. ‘Apart from its use in writing the Greek language, in both its ancient and its modern forms, the Greek alphabet today also serves as a source of technical symbols and labels in many domains of mathematics, science and other fields.’

Recognise some of the symbols?

Speaking of Greece, as a form of encouragement, my sister shared with me that, on Tumblr, she saw this:

“If you’re ever feeling lazy, just remember that the ancient Greeks believed their Gods lived on top of a very climbable hill but no one even bothered to check.”

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5. Drone shots are amazing, especially if they were taken by Shoayb Khattab.

“As an architect, I tend to see the world in two dimensions. I was fascinated by the idea of showing the camels at the Al-Marmoum race from above, with only their shadows really visible. My only fear was that the drone would disturb one of the valuable animals.” — Shoayb Khattab, as he speaks about this spectacular shot.

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6. High tech trainers made out of wood exist.

“We wanted our sneakers to combine ‘Vegan’ and ‘ecologically correct’… the raw material — ash, birch, maple, tulip, walnut, cherry, elm and beech wood — comes from sustainably managed forests… the material retains the wood’s grain and the shoes even smell of wood… This material is so nice, we just have to make shoes out of it.” — Sebastian Thies, founder of Nat-2

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7. Silvia Wald, the founder of Aufschnitt Textile Butchery, leaves me dumbfounded. Really, You’ve got to read this.

“The name ‘Aufschnitt’ is a play on the German words for both cold cuts and cutting cloth… Those who enter the store – the world’s first textile butchery – may be further surprised to discover that Wald is a vegetarian, a fact which lies at the heart of Aufschnitt’s philosophy of representation, humour and tactility… This paradox reveals my sense of humour – I work with something I actually don’t like. It’s ironic, a bit sarcastic even. So the name has to do with cutting, with meat, and with my dislike for meat.” — Silvia Wald

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8. Wine Age — Instead of fish bladder, Vegan wine is filtered using a mineral soil of volcanic ash and activated carbon to remove any colour, scent or taste defects. Natural sedimentation clarifies the wine. Read more about it here (on the left side).

“The wines are fuller and more honest.” — Edoardo Garoppo, co-founder of Wine Age

Hugs and more hugs, Nat ❤


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