After landing in Rome on my first transatlantic flight, I found myself dead tired…and in awe.
If memory serves me, I took a short nap (never longer than 3-4 hours on a European layover or you can’t sleep that night) and ventured out to see the sites.
A few months earlier, an exciting layover amounted to a leisurely stroll across the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.
And yet there I was in Rome, asking a tourist to take my photo in front of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum, and eating dinner a block or two from the Pantheon while marveling at the beautiful architecture and the cobblestone streets.
It felt like a dream.
The ability to live like a local quickly became my favorite part of European flying—or even domestic trips for that matter; there was never a feeling of needing to see everything in one trip, so you’d bite off a little each time.
It’s a far more relaxing way to see a city than the rush-rush-rush most tourists experience.
It’s also a great luxury afforded to very few.
One of my pilot friends likes to refer to our jobs as being simply “transportation to the layover.” Sure, the hotels and time away from home get old now and then. Especially after getting married and having a child.
I’m hopeful, however, that wherever my career ultimately leads me—or wherever yours leads you, for that matter—that I never lose the sense of wonderment I had that day in St. Peter’s Square.
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