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#76 Mose

Posted 03 April 2019 - 12:12 AM

Currently sitting on a couch in my hotel room watching Escape to the Country and drinking a beer.  Such luxury.

I think the key thing I have learned from this trip is I need to do a little something about carving out time for myself, because the real highlight for me has been having some time to myself.

#77 born.a.girl

Posted 03 April 2019 - 04:04 AM

View PostIamOzgirl, on 02 April 2019 - 07:39 PM, said:

Lol that was supposed to be ‘unused’

LOL


Ha ha, I did assume 'used' mean an item or two missing, rather than half empty hand cream and a used eye mask!

#78 born.a.girl

Posted 03 April 2019 - 04:06 AM

View PostMose, on 03 April 2019 - 12:12 AM, said:

Currently sitting on a couch in my hotel room watching Escape to the Country and drinking a beer.  Such luxury.

I think the key thing I have learned from this trip is I need to do a little something about carving out time for myself, because the real highlight for me has been having some time to myself.


Good on you, that sounds healthy.

I only have one child, and I remember at one stage having a day to myself and wondering why it felt so different from the years, and years and years I'd had of being on my own.   (Permanently partnered up at 35, and hadn't ever actually shared an address with anyone before that.)

#79 born.a.girl

Posted 03 April 2019 - 04:11 AM

View PostBabetty, on 02 April 2019 - 08:32 PM, said:

My MIL frequently gives them to me from her extensive business class travels. I use them for travel myself, and gave an unused pack to a friend who was in hospital and it was perfect - woolly socks, eye mask, earplugs and all!

So if you do open one, take all of it with you so it doesn't get wasted!


I've actually decided we will take any offered and take them to Cuba with us.

Was reading up on our info sheet and there are things that it's almost impossible for women to buy there, and we are encouraged to bring (suggested) items, with advice as to when to give them, along with a tip.

I might get some packets of tampons to put in, which are apparently as scarce as hen's teeth there.  Although ... if people have never had the chance to use them, that might not be appropriate.  I'll have a think about that one.

#80 SelceLisbeth

Posted 03 April 2019 - 06:38 AM

I am glad it went well Mose. I cant understand a bit of disappointment in dissenting voices, but like you say, you began an important conversation and contributed to something positive. What a wonderful role model!

I am also really glad that you are enjoying your peace and just looking after you.

Well done!!

#81 Babetty

Posted 03 April 2019 - 07:01 PM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 03 April 2019 - 04:11 AM, said:


I might get some packets of tampons to put in, which are apparently as scarce as hen's tee(th there.  Although ... if people have never had the chance to use them, that might not be appropriate.  I'll have a think about that one.

You made me curious - this article from Havana Times mentions pads rather than tampons https://havanatimes.org/?p=131939

#82 born.a.girl

Posted 03 April 2019 - 09:08 PM

View PostBabetty, on 03 April 2019 - 07:01 PM, said:

You made me curious - this article from Havana Times mentions pads rather than tampons https://havanatimes.org/?p=131939

Thank you so much for that, I'll stock up on the compact pads we have here.  The advice from Intrepid travel, is that even male guides will be very grateful for anything they can hand on to the women in their lives.

We have even been advised to buy our own snacks to bring (like muesli bars etc) as they are eye wateringly expensive even to relatively wealthy tourists, much less locals.


ETA: It's interesting that at the bottom of that article, someone mentions the possibility of things like menstrual cups. It would be great if a country like Cuba, decades behind in terms of the disposables we've all had, could jump straight to the re-usable that's slowly becoming more acceptable.

Edited by born.a.girl, 03 April 2019 - 09:14 PM.


#83 Mose

Posted 04 April 2019 - 12:26 AM

I like the way you think b.a.g!

Btw, the pyjamas are awesome. I actually loved my last BC pyjamas almost to death, and brought them with me in the hope I would replace them with new ones, which I am.

I reckon the old ones must be at least four years old and worn regularly in winter because they are so comfy.

So that's one aspect that isn't complete environmental vandalism!  (Possible it might be the only such aspect of the trip)

#84 born.a.girl

Posted 04 April 2019 - 05:13 AM

View PostMose, on 04 April 2019 - 12:26 AM, said:

I like the way you think b.a.g!

Btw, the pyjamas are awesome. I actually loved my last BC pyjamas almost to death, and brought them with me in the hope I would replace them with new ones, which I am.

I reckon the old ones must be at least four years old and worn regularly in winter because they are so comfy.

So that's one aspect that isn't complete environmental vandalism!  (Possible it might be the only such aspect of the trip)

We'll accept the pjs too and take them.  Wearable clothes that you were about to send to the op shop is another suggestion from the travel group.

It seems Cuba has suffered from Venezuela's miseries.  I hadn't made that connection.


For anyone else wanting to bring back, but not take, the second bag you're entitled to for business luggage, we've found a solution, and bought two of these.  Everything we take has to be lugged around in mini bus in Cuba, so  until we get back to Canada from there, restricted to the usual 23kg, and we need heavy and bulky stuff for the Rockies.


https://www.bagworld...le-duffle-grey/

#85 Mose

Posted 04 April 2019 - 05:23 AM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 04 April 2019 - 05:13 AM, said:

We'll accept the pjs too and take them.  Wearable clothes that you were about to send to the op shop is another suggestion from the travel group.

It seems Cuba has suffered from Venezuela's miseries.  I hadn't made that connection.


For anyone else wanting to bring back, but not take, the second bag you're entitled to for business luggage, we've found a solution, and bought two of these.  Everything we take has to be lugged around in mini bus in Cuba, so  until we get back to Canada from there, restricted to the usual 23kg, and we need heavy and bulky stuff for the Rockies.


https://www.bagworld...le-duffle-grey/

Cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to hearing about your trip.  You are going to share, right?

Last night for me tonight - think I have timed it well, I am ready to go home.  In fact, if it weren't for you supportive ladies I think I would have had more of a melt down yesterday morning, when I realised I had done my key-activity by mid morning on Tuesday and still wouldn't see my kids again until Saturday.  It was really helpful to read back over the thread and get back in the zone of why this whole trip is so good for me.

#86 Cimbom

Posted 04 April 2019 - 03:57 PM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 04 April 2019 - 05:13 AM, said:

It seems Cuba has suffered from Venezuela's miseries.  I hadn't made that connection
Due to American sanctions. Most of the "miseries" in Latin America are due to aggressive foreign policy, interventions and regime change by the US government. Actions that are taken under the guise of "bringing democracy" but have actually economically destroyed and destabilised the region. Look up what they've done in Haiti, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador just to name a few. Don't believe the MSM hype

Edited by Cimbom, 04 April 2019 - 03:57 PM.


#87 born.a.girl

Posted 04 April 2019 - 04:10 PM

View PostCimbom, on 04 April 2019 - 03:57 PM, said:

Due to American sanctions. Most of the "miseries" in Latin America are due to aggressive foreign policy, interventions and regime change by the US government. Actions that are taken under the guise of "bringing democracy" but have actually economically destroyed and destabilised the region. Look up what they've done in Haiti, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador just to name a few. Don't believe the MSM hype


What 'MSM'?  Why do you think I'm believing any hype from anywhere, including whatever MSM is?  Why do you think I need to look them up?


I hear what you're saying about the area in general, my point was that I hadn't realised the extent of Cuba's dependency on Venezuela specifically, and because Venezuela's dramatic decline is relatively recent, Cuba's fortunes are worse than they were a couple of years ago.

#88 Mose

Posted 04 April 2019 - 10:41 PM

I am afraid I am going to skip over the important geo-political conversation above (because I have nothing informed or useful to add) to report, importantly, that the Emirates lounge has the biggest selection of magazines I have seen anywhere outside a news agent.

You will find me with a glass of wine and a glossy.

#89 born.a.girl

Posted 05 April 2019 - 05:57 AM

Impressive, Mose.

I spoke to people yesterday who've had a number of long haul business flights and have never been offered pyjamas - I wonder if it's a Qantas thing?  My husband actually has a Qantas pair that he quite likes that our neighbour gave him.

#90 Babetty

Posted 05 April 2019 - 06:53 AM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 05 April 2019 - 05:57 AM, said:

Impressive, Mose.

I spoke to people yesterday who've had a number of long haul business flights and have never been offered pyjamas - I wonder if it's a Qantas thing?  My husband actually has a Qantas pair that he quite likes that our neighbour gave him.

Might also be a time of day - I got them with China Eastern Shanghai - Brisbane which was overnight, but not Brisbane - Shanghai which was still 10 hours, but daytime

#91 Mose

Posted 05 April 2019 - 07:36 AM

View PostBabetty, on 05 April 2019 - 06:53 AM, said:



Might also be a time of day - I got them with China Eastern Shanghai - Brisbane which was overnight, but not Brisbane - Shanghai which was still 10 hours, but daytime

On the way here I didn't get offered them Melbourne to Singapore, but did on Singapore to London.

Emirates didn't offer them London to Dubai, but not yet in a position to comment re Dubai to Melbourne.

#92 Mose

Posted 05 April 2019 - 10:49 PM

No pyjamas - but a lot of people were changing into Qantas pyjamas!

Emirates has your own little mini bar with water, coke, lemonade at every seat. And an actual bar to go to up the back!

Although I think the Qantas seats are better designed for getting sleep and minimising noise.  But the level of service on Emirates was probably more "impressive" (bordering on un-necessarily so in my opinion, but each to their own).

Either way,both very, very pleasant ways to travel.

Am tagging you in now b.a.g, I feel your trip needs an  epic thread.

#93 ExpatInAsia

Posted 05 April 2019 - 11:32 PM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 05 April 2019 - 05:57 AM, said:

Impressive, Mose.

I spoke to people yesterday who've had a number of long haul business flights and have never been offered pyjamas - I wonder if it's a Qantas thing?  My husband actually has a Qantas pair that he quite likes that our neighbour gave him.

Emirates stopped giving pajamas in business class a couple of years ago. Qantas still give them out.

#94 Caribou

Posted 06 April 2019 - 03:15 AM

Qantas as a free for all mini bar in their lounge on the plane. When The kids wouldn’t sleep I Took them to the lounge which seated four and amd a tv on wall, game consoles and food bar. It was better than staying in seats whole flight. Hardly anyone ever went in there and it was a dream for DS to crawl all over seats as he wasn’t allowed to crawl on floors.

Boo for no pjs! But I hope you had a lovely time :)

Edited by Caribou, 06 April 2019 - 06:40 AM.


#95 born.a.girl

Posted 06 April 2019 - 06:38 AM

View PostMose, on 05 April 2019 - 10:49 PM, said:

No pyjamas - but a lot of people were changing into Qantas pyjamas!

Emirates has your own little mini bar with water, coke, lemonade at every seat. And an actual bar to go to up the back!

Although I think the Qantas seats are better designed for getting sleep and minimising noise.  But the level of service on Emirates was probably more "impressive" (bordering on un-necessarily so in my opinion, but each to their own).

Either way,both very, very pleasant ways to travel.

Am tagging you in now b.a.g, I feel your trip needs an  epic thread.


From what I've read Philippine airlines don't rate all that highly either in the air or their lounges - I'm talking comparatively.   Comments are presumably from people comparing them with the best there is, and who always fly business.

Given I haven't ever flown business, just having my legs up will be phenomenal. Anything more is a bonus.

Our eleven hour leg return Toronto-Manila is an angle-flat seat so I'll be interested to see how that compares with the lie flat.

Do people still wear flight socks in business?   I was astonished at how well they worked in economy last time.

#96 Mose

Posted 06 April 2019 - 09:21 AM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 06 April 2019 - 06:38 AM, said:



Do people still wear flight socks in business?   I was astonished at how well they worked in economy last time.

I did.  In the past my feet have still swollen quite a bit even in business. This is the first time I have tried them and it made an enormous difference to comfort throughout and after the flight.

#97 can'tstayaway

Posted 08 April 2019 - 07:56 PM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 06 April 2019 - 06:38 AM, said:

Do people still wear flight socks in business?   I was astonished at how well they worked in economy last time.
I do. I have poor circulation and my feet swell badly to the point I had a travel set of shoes that were a size bigger.




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