Monday 4 June 2012

Up In The Air

As you're reading this, I should be landing in Vienna after a long flight.

It really surprises me how much technology can change your habits and the way you view things.
After so many of you replied to my questions (thank you) regarding the usefulness of a Kindle (over carrying books during travel) I decided that I definitely needed one. DH got us both a tablet instead. I must admit, I wasn't impressed at the time - I mean, it looked like just another device to me....and one I'd have to take the time to learn! Android learn! And I'm already time poor so when it comes to WIPs, I like them to quilting based - not techno learning based!

But I have had to admit whilst packing for this trip that I realised how very grateful I am that he did choose a tablet over a Kindle on it's own. Because now I can send emails, read kindle books, read magazines, browse the web, check into yahoo group, blog and skype ...all in the weight of a sketchbook! It's wonderful. One less piece of baggage - the laptop is now obsolete for travel and that's 3kgs off my shoulders and it lasts hours longer than my laptop battery did too! For once I'm really pleased with technology.

Well, the changes didn't stop there.
Here I am modelling my travel poncho.
Isn't it nice??!

Last year when I was flying, I decided that I needed a poncho. I don't especially like poncho's but I get cold easily when I travel and airplanes are either too hot or too cold for me and the idea of carrying around an extra jumper for the airplane was a waste of hand luggage space...and my pashmina wasn't warm enough and I always feel funny about the blankets on airplanes. So, here it is. I also have one in teal, just for a change on the way back home!

Speaking of hand luggage space, last year I promised myself I would not take on a 'handbag' as hand luggage onto a flight again. All my handbags are too roomy, I always overfill them and it's always such a nuisance to manage as well as a suitcase. So just for the airport and the airplane ...for the first time I have decided to use a backpack.

Here I am wondering if it really is such a good idea, I'm not exactly the backpacking type

but you know, I can't argue with how practical it is and I've reached a point where things have to be as practical and easy and possible. No more limping with an overfilled handbag, I strictly packed mine in my suitcase (at the bottom) so I wouldn't change my mind at the check in counter.

And I'm off!


  1. Hi Esther!
    I hope your travels across the ocean were calming!
    I too, travel with a packsack. I find it is much more convenient, for all of your reasons. I have a pink packsack (I'm a Breast Cancer supporter on a dragon boat team) so it is very easy to see in the crowd and hubby can always find me! Happy Travels!
    Take care, Leslie

  2. Hope you have a wonderful trip Esther

  3. Love the wall quilt too??????? Say hello to Vienna for me; such a beautiful city. You are right about the back pack especially when boarding the flights. Take care. E-8reatstomCheers Glenda

  4. Oh you're visiting my hometown? *g*

    Wish you a great time here in Vienna and lots of fun.

  5. What nice to have a trip to Europe. Vienna is a very beautiful city. We also go in August. Ouwer DD Live thear for 6 months in Feldkirch. A small town in Austria.
    Enjoy your trip pleasant holiday.

  6. Hope you have a fantastic trip. I wish I had of taken a backpack. I had it out and ready and my family said "oh Mom you don't need that". Well I was sorry.. Have fun with your tablet.

  7. Love the poncho and the backpack. I'm with you-make it as easy as possible.
    Have a great trip!

  8. Have always wanted to see Vienna - have a wonderful trip. I'm likewise always looking for ways to make travel easy. Love the quilt behind you in the post. What do you call it?

  9. Thanks everyone! The backpack really did make life at the airport and to the hotel so much easier, I don't know why I spent so many years lugging around an overstuffed handbag! I don't care how ridiculous I look, it's so comfortable, and it's only for the airplane anyway.

    The quilt behind me is in a lot of my shots through this blog (it's hanging on the main wall opposite my computer.. so it's snapped a lot)is called Blooming Blues, it's one of my very first quilts.

  10. Esther, would you let us know what tablet DH gave you. I have been thinking of buying a kindle but maybe this is a better option. We are not up on technology so some advice would help. Thank you, and enjoy your trip.


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