YES. Wrestling with Satan, a documentary about the Christian Wrestling Federation. This is fantastic. I only get 40 or so minutes through on the flight but love every second of it. But, oh, we’re coming into land. Ace.
This flight was timetabled to land at Bologna at 2310. All day the BA app had been telling me it’d be more like 2325, but now here we are on the ground at 2305. I’ve read that it’s a small and efficient airport, and am hoping it’s true. Being so late there are only 2 buses into the city centre left for the day, and one of them is at 2315. My aisle seat choice was to enable a fast exit.
Down some steps. Walk across the tarmac. Straight up to an immigration desk and waved through with the smallest raise of an eyebrow. Waltz straight through baggage reclaim and out. Follow the signs to the bus. Get outside, the bus is there but its doors are closed. Run up to it, he opens the door for me. Hurrah! I’d bought a ticket in advance - a QR code on my phone - he scans it and I’m on the 2315. Magnifico!
I am in my room, 242 (sadly at the back, not Front) in a city centre hotel directly opposite Bologna Centrale railway station, less than 25 minutes after we touched down. This is pretty remarkable and I’m very happy about it. At reception the woman had told me my room comes with breakfast, which is even better news, and said something about the mini-bar which I didn’t quite catch.
Hot though, innit? Where’s the aircon... 25ºc! Fuck that!