Category Archives: The world from above

North of the sun.

I’ve never flown this far north. On the moving map a rendition of our aircraft is hurtling down a steep curve, a headfirst plunge along a yellow arc linking London to the Pacific Northwest. We’ve climbed north, past Scotland and … Continue reading

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The world from above. Steppe, mountains and the Caspian sea.

Looking at out planet from above is a profound experience. Michael Collins, Apollo 11’s resident philosopher, famously said that looking at Earth from a great distance was the strongest memory of his epic voyage, going on to add that Earth was … Continue reading

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The world from above: Amazonia

Over the years, as flying became less an event and more a frequent occurrence, my seat-choosing preferences changed, from “always window” to “you know what, I’d rather have aisle”. However, there are exceptions. There are places – Greenland, the Putorana … Continue reading

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The closest thing to “Out of office”

So, the last three weeks have been hectic. I’m inbetween projects and that means that I’m living dreaded moment when you’re being squeezed like a lemon from your old team and new commitments flooding in. Hopefully it’ll all be over … Continue reading

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The world from above: Paris, France

I fly above Paris at least once a month but I could count on the fingers of a hand the times I actually have been to see the place. Today is one of such days and I couldn’t pass the chance of … Continue reading

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Going up: Rio de Janeiro from above

One of my petty obsessions is to flicker through the pages of glossy magazines, or of travel websites, scouting for those articles whose titles are inevitably starting with “Ten things to do in…” or “Nine amazing places in…”, read them and … Continue reading

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The world from above – An air race over the skies of Iran

The flight was rather uneventful, a barely half-full Qatar Airways Airbus A380 from Doha to London. Meal trays were being cleared away and I was about to decide which film would’ve been more appropriate to induce me to sleep as … Continue reading

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A quick hike in the Alps

It’s been a strange winter, so far, in the Alps. It’s mild, warm, rainy instead of being snowy. So, when an opportunity came to go for a quick hike on the massive slope leading up to the Mucrone mount, a … Continue reading

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Seeing an old friend (four years after and 30,000 ft. from above)

It was the faithful companion of many a sunset in Turin for over six years. We lived always in the same place, a rather nondescript tenament in the southern Santa Rita borough, one of those neighbourhoods that had popped up … Continue reading

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The world from above – Bergen & Hordaland, Norway

British Airways flight crews have a few common features: they all are almost inevitably called Nigel, love to speak like Lord Kitchener as much as US astronauts adored to imitate Chuck Yeager’s drawl and, finally, are remarkably understated. To give … Continue reading

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