On one of my flights to Switzerland, a commuter flight, the stewardess asked someone from the left hand side of the plane between rows 1 & 7 to move to the other side of the plane... to balance it out...
Being a nice guy, I volunteered. Now, keep in mind, I weigh about 135 pounds. I didn't feel very comfortable with the fact that a 130+ pounds was enough to hold up the plane from taking off... scary.
Scarier still was the turbulence we hit on the longer flight going to Zurich. I've only been more scared once in my life (when I was held-up at gun point). I don't like to fly as it is, but this was nuts. People we're screaming and the stewardess was nicely telling people to calm down. Yikes. I was terrified... so much for sleeping on the flight!
The cool part of the long flight was a video screen embedded in the top of the chair in front of me. How very cool! One of the options was a Map that let you track the plane. It actually displayed a little plane on the map as well as the route we were taking... It gave statistics covering time elapsed, miles traveled, current time and estimated time of arrival. As someone who doesn't wear a watch, it was cool to know how far along we were. I was able to sleep for a couple of hours which is good because I lost 6 hours flying over. Got in around 8AM local time then went to work. Got done around 4:30.
As you can tell, I'm in Zurich. I'm in a small town about 25 miles from Zurich. My first impression is that it is VERY, VERY expensive. 4 swiss francs for a cup of coffee. It's good coffee, but with tip (2 swiss francs), that is quite pricey. Steak for dinner, 46 swiss francs. Yikes!
I'm in my very cool, very modern hotel room and the only english channel on TV is CNN. I'm glad I brought 3 books!
My German class has not paid any dividends yet, but I have made a foul of myself once - I said Bitte (please) when I meant to say Danke (Thank you). DOH!
I've not quite adjusted to the time difference yet. Probably towards the end of the week... just when I'm ready to come home. LOL!!!