My flight to Hong Kong on Tuesday proved to be an exciting event, not that I would have wished it to be so. I was flying via Zürich with Swiss Air and set off in high spirits from London. During the first flight, I was quietly reading, minding my own business when I colossal bang knocked my head sideways. I was totally shocked, as you can imagine. It seemed that the passenger behind me had opened the overhead locker to retrieve something (no doubt of vital importance on a 75-minute journey) and a computer case crash down onto my head.
I spent the rest of the flight on the jump seat in the galley with a bag of ice clasped to my head. The staff were wonderful. There was no obvious injury and I felt ok so I had no qualms about boarding the flight to Hong Kong. I’d treated myself and used air miles up upgrade to first class so I wasn’t about to miss that.
Whether by coincidence or as a consequence of the shock, I began to feel a bit queasy shortly after leaving Zürich. There was a fair amount of turbulence, admittedly, but I’ve never experienced motion sickness before. Again, the staff were magnificent and offered Reisekrankheit tablets which settled me down a bit. But unfortunately I didn’t have much stomach for the fine food and wine, nor did I get much sleep despite the pyjamas and comfortable bed. I suppose there was an element of delayed shock or, perhaps, simply a coincidence. Altogether, though, this was an uninspiring experience, given the anticipation I’d lavished on the journey. Sensibly, the Swiss Air purser recommended I get myself checked on arrival in Hong Kong.
Thus it was that I spent my first night in Hong Kong in the casualty department at St. Theresa’s Hospital. I felt perfectly well by that stage but decided to be cautious.
I don’t know what I imagined would be my first photo of Hong Kong on this trip but it certainly wasn’t a snap of the the colourful chairs in the otherwise rather charmless emergency department. It has to be said, though, it is identical to most I’ve attended in various parts of the world and the staff were efficient and helpful.
Fortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any damage. I’m to report back with my referral letter if I have any strange symptoms, but so far so good.
I’m still able to write and blog, as you can see. But I feel rather cheated out of what I had hoped would be a great experience. Next time I will forego my usual aisle seat and sit next to the window. It could be safer.