Monday, 8 June 2009
This may be a little late - but it took me a couple of days to work out the wireless in the hotel, and flying home again reminded me of a couple of things I'd meant to tell you about flying out to Denver.
Aside from when we flew over Greenland, there was nothing terribly exciting about the flight itself. The food was average (that is to say, a lot better than some airline meals) and the entertainment system was disappointingly buzzy, as well as being the kind where the films start at specific times (making it impractical to change your mind if you start watching a bad film). I was slightly mystified by the number of people who seemed to want to sleep, considering that it was daytime in both timezones.
My first thought on seeing Denver was that, for a mile-high city, the area is remarkably flat. My new theory is that Europe, being so much smaller, doesn't have space for high, flat areas - in Europe, if it's high, it's probably also pointy. The real advantage to landing so high up is that my ears didn't pop.
Getting off the plane, I had to ask four different people in the airport before I got to the right desk to buy a bus ticket out to Boulder - and then emerged into the oppressive heat outside, to look for the bus stop. There was an American family waiting at the same stop, I don't know where they'd come from but I was amused to hear the kids exclaim "At last! Civilization! Food!" when Dad came back with hotdogs.
Here are some photos of the disappointing sunrise on Thursday; I tried to make up for the lack of sun by photographing it through the pine trees, but I'm not sure any of these shots are really any good - they are, however, an accurate representation of what we saw.