Got to Zurich on Swiss International Airlines, aka Swiss Air, flight from Mumbai. The name of the airport, the largest in Switzerland is just plain Zurich airport, unlike the names of important airports in India — all named after the same old retards from the same old family.
It is a seven-hour layover. I am not complaining since the lounge is really nice, huge, very quiet, and well stocked with food and drinks. I had a long shower and I have been catching up with email and stuff. They have internet-connected computers for use in the lounge. There’s wireless too. But here’s the rub: their power outlets don’t accept US-type plugs; only European plugs.
This is more than a little irritating. My laptop power is long over and it is a hassle to use public computers. What the world needs is more standardization, especially since the world is getting more integrated.
Talking of standards, the terrible thing about the US is that it still uses the British system of weights and measures (foot, pound, gallon, etc) instead of the Metric system (meter, kilogram, liter, etc.) God alone knows when the US will bite the bullet and just do it.
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It is quiet around here, as I mentioned before. The place is lightly occupied and some people are having conversations, but they don’t talk loudly here. That may be because there are no public announcements at all. There are TV monitors around but their sound is turned very low. Their sound does not intrude.
This is in sharp contrast to say Mumbai airport. First, there are those long drawn-out incessant flight announcement. You cannot do anything like some quite reading and writing while waiting for a flight. People talk loudly — but that could be because they want to be heard over the loud TVs and announcements.
Noise pollution in India is not funny. Constant honking. The mosques with their insane howls. Elevators announcing the opening and closing of doors and floor level. On airplanes too, they play muzak. Loudly.
Anyway, enough of this rant. I should sign off now. The last leg of my journey will start in a few hours. ZRH to SFO will take around 14 hours. I will be landing at 4:30 PM PST and expect to be home by 6 PM. Door to door, it would have been 33 hours in transit.