Every person who is working in IT field has a dream of going to onsite or to a clients place once, especially a trip to another country. Recently I got the chance to visit Paris (one of the most peaceful and romantic places in the world). A team of 7 people was going for the trip but on the last moment my trip was postponed by a week and I will be travel alone in an International flight and that too for the first time.
Finally, the day came when I have to travel and I was too nervous as it was my first international travel. I didn’t have any knowledge about the process like, immigration etc. although my friends have given some info about the process but now I have to follow the information that was provided. I have reached Airport and Thanks for the Emirates assistance as they explained me all the processes I will have to follow in Kolkata as well as at Dubai Airport. Immigration, Security check went easily and at the right time, I was inside the plane with a Window Seat. The flight took off from Kolkata and the view of Kolkata from the sky especially during Diwali was awesome, it was like thousands of colorful diamonds were laying on the floor. Unfortunately, I have switched off my Phone due to which I was unable to take any Pics (which I will regret all the time). After some time, hot dinner was served and I didn’t expect that the food will be so delicious (as compared to what I had with domestic flights).
The flight route was such that it was flying over my home i.e Nashik and it was a bit emotional for me as I didn’t get the chance to visit my home from more than a year. but soon we touched the sea and I tried to keep my attention to the movie “Prakash Amate” Marathi movie. Till the movie came to end the Pilot announced that we are reaching Dubai and all the other information normally provided. Just before Landing in Dubai, I have recorded the video showing beautiful view of city. Below is the video
Post Landing, I was more concern as I didn’t know what to do and where to go but thanks to Amazing Instruction boards and helpful staff of Dubai Airport which made everything easy. Post security check I had couple of hours in my hand before I board the Paris flight so I was roaming in the Airport Terminal B. The terminal is as big as a Shopping mall and you will find shop of everything like chocolates, alcohol, laptops, mobiles, mobile covers as well, here and that too Duty free. It was an amazing experience to explore the Dubai Airport and as I was traveling alone, I was roaming to all the place. Apart from the Shopping area which I liked about the airport is that the navigation is so simple that anyone can easily reach to a destination without any issue. Dubai Airport of signboards, officials to help and the most important they have installed many touch screen panels where a traveler just have to scan the barcode on his/her boarding pass and the panel will show the path to reach the correct gate. The panel also provides the information about restaurants, shops, spas etc. which I found very helpful.
I was excited for the next part of the journey as I was going to fly in Airbus380 – The largest commercial aircraft in the world. Boarding started at 02:30 AM and I was amazed by the size of the aircraft. As soon as you enter you will feel how comfortable journey will be. The back seat screens were big, clear and with ICE where you can select any movie from the list (Bollywood, Hollywood, European, TV Serial etc.). Everything was good except the seat provided to me which was exactly above the Huge wing of the aircraft and I was unable to see anything below. As soon as we took off I started a Movie I think it was Spy not sure properly as I slept as soon as it started. I woke up by attended to give the food, which was delicious as usual.
While eating, I was checking news and found about the attack in Paris and it was an alarming situation for me as I don’t have any idea about the situation going to be at Paris. Thanks to emirates for having a wifi, which helped me to send a message to family and friends about my safety. After Couple of Hours, we Landed in Paris and during which I watched a couple of movies and keeping an eye on news updates. Post landing I messaged the colleague which were in Paris and they gave me all the instructions to reach Hotel. Immigration was done quickly and I didn’t face any problems just having a few officers asking regular stuff to everyone. I came out of Airport and took a Taxi (Mercedes Business class) to the hotel.
In the Next article, I will explain the complete Paris Experience.