Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Evading Boredom

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Somewhere I have read that boredom is the torment of hell that Dante forgot.
– Albert Speer, Spandau: The Secret Diaries, 1976

Ready to embrace boredom throughout the 35 hours and 20 minutes travel time from Manila to Lima, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I never felt bored at all. Thanks to KLM’s remarkable on-board meals and entertainment, I hardly noticed the hours passing by, my eyes fixed on the monitor in front of me while relishing the unexpected tastiness and abundance of food that the flight attendants served. Watching one movie after another--ten in all—-whose subjects varied from exorcism, vengeance and witches to speech difficulties, deteriorating marriages, stolen identity and love’s tenacity distracted me from the discomfort of remaining in a cramped space permeated with dry cabin air. And what’s even more surprising, the long flight inured me to turbulence. Flooding, I found out, is effective in overcoming fear after all. In between meals and movies, I closed my eyes and let the joy of anticipation prevail over the constraints of boredom and impatience.


Anonymous said...

dry cabin air? flatulence is never dry! :)

Arti said...

Wow! 35 hours of air travel!! Thats hell of a lot for me!
Hope you enjoyed your journey!
Have a fabulous week ahead:)

Loree said...

Wow I admire your tenacity. Whenever we visit the US the 8 hour flight across the Atlantic just drives me nuts. After 3 hours I am ready to get off and go for a long walk. I don't think it's the boredom that gets me so much as being surrounded by so many people.

Angeli said...

@anonymous: i was lucky not to have flatulent seatmates.

@arti: yes, arti 35+ hours of travel just to reach peru. hahaha

@loree: it was a bit claustrophobic but i didn't really mind.

Amelia said...

Good for you angel ;)

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