Leaving home was a bit hard this time. I couldn’t bear to leave behind my cat, Mishti. Still, I had to go. As I was on my way to the airport, I looked wistfully at the busy streets of Mumbai, thinking about how I wouldn’t see them for almost a fortnight.
We had already checked in online, so all we had to do was go through the security check and immigration process. It took much longer than it should have. It felt as if the whole of Mumbai had come to the airport. Everyone was looking for a getaway from the usual hustle bustle of Mumbai.
After completing the whole thing, which took an hour and half, we went and sat in the waiting lounge. Our flight got delayed, but it was ok. The seats of the aircraft were quite comfortable, although we were in the economy section. I watched ‘Black Panther’ but was able to watch only half the movie before sleep got the better of me. I opened my eyes again only when the tiny, twinkling stars were were nowhere to be seen and the sun was on its way out. It was a beautiful sight. I took out my camera to click a picture while I was still drowsy. I slept a bit more and soon it was time for us to land. It felt as if we reached our destination in almost no time although it had been eight hours since we had boarded the flight.
Our stopover was in Munich, Germany. I couldn’t explore the airport enough, since our flight was in an hour’s time, but it seemed lovely. We boarded our flight; the flight attendant greeted with a packet of candy and a pack of trump cards. It took us less than an hour to reach Austria. I had become so used to long flights that it felt like I had hardly sat down and we had arrived. Soon we were stepping out into the pleasant and picturesque Vienna. We were staying at ‘Hilton Garden View Inn’.