I thought it would be a bit naff to come all the way here and not see the water, and it is barely a stone’s throw away. The sky is cloudy, though the sun is threatening to burn it off but isn’t strong enough yet at this hour. There’s this statue of a winged lion, the text underneath explaining ... I dunno. Didn’t read it. Haven’t even zoomed in on the photo. I was distracted by the large bauble behind it on the pier.
The waves aren’t exactly crashing in, but are enough to periodically bump over the wall, specifically in the bits where there’s no wall. There is nothing noteworthy on the roadside - a few restaurants, other businesses, houses, but nothing grabbing my attention. About 10 minutes further down some guy is fishing, otherwise it’s just a long promenade full of people just out for a walk - no-one looks like they’re doing anything else but just that. It doesn’t look like a commute. I assume therefore that I’m living exactly like a local and doing cultural experiences right.
There’s another, longer, more made-of-stone pier at the very far end but I can’t quite reach it, because looking at my watch it seems to be about time I turned round and went back. It’s 0810, after all. Time’s a-tickin’.
Whee! I have the entire lounge to myself, there’s no-one else here but staff. Excellent. I avail myself of some Pepsi max and some cheese and sausage rolls and go sit by a window staring out at not much really.
There’s an outdoor terrace doubling up as smoking area, and a fish tank over the way. It’s a nice enough place and the WiFi is really fast. Oh, wait, WiFi - I should try and watch the rest of WWE NXT Takeover War Games II! So with another plate of food and a bowl of nuts and fruit, plus a local beer, I put my headphones and the show on. Holy fucking shit it’s spectacular.
Near the end I’m nervously checking the time a lot. My boarding pass says boarding starts at 1110 and finishes at 1115, from gate 25, which doesn’t seem too far away. I pack up at 1059 and set off. As I stride through the terminal the tannoy is playing a repeat recording of some loud alarm/beeps and “AN INCIDENT HAS OCCURRED”. Wonder what that is? At 1102 I reach the gate and the same Emirates staff who were at check-in are looking nervous, then relieved once they spot me, shepherding me to get the fuck on quickly. Apparently I’m the last person, delaying this ‘ere 777-300. Whoa. Really? It’s scheduled for 1135!
So, as I’ve repeatedly said in the preceding paragraphs, I was flying Emirates today. It’s a long-haul plane for a 2.5hr sector between Larnaca and Malta, which I was absolutely delighted to discover existed as I was planning this trip - I genuinely didn’t know about it in advance, unlike when I did that Frankfurt to Madrid thing a couple years back. I’ve never flown Emirates before and have been very much looking forwards to this.
Hello, Emirates business class, nice to make your acquaintance. Why is there so much fake wood everywhere? Looks ... nasty.
I’ve got plenty of legroom, such that even my feet can’t reach the pocket where the food menu is stored. Once we’re airborne I asked what I want to eat and I’m like, well, I haven’t managed to read the menu yet. He shows it me and I opt for “the chicken”.
We’ve a very multinational crew today. I know this because the English first officer in his pre-flight chat went through everyone’s name and nationality as if he was reading out the runners in the 100 metre Olympic final.
The TV doesn’t easily come out of its place, there’s a knack, so my handler has to come back and sort it for me. The faux wood wireless handset is hard to displace from its storage, and when I finally manage to do so it tells me to put it right the fuck back.
The fruit salad is insanely juicy and delicious. The bread’s alright. The butter was probably spreadable on its own, but the cutlery was so fucking cold I think it instantly froze the butter and bread on contact.
The chicken thing with fried kale and swede or whatever, that were nice ‘n all. The chocolate thing was a bit too heavy.
Got through it like gangbusters though eh.