Fighting Jet Lag December 12, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in travel.
I think everyone has their own little scheme. It is like cold or sore throat remedies for children: every family has their own system for a cure. My personal jet-lag remedy is brute force. I just stay up until 9 or 10 at night. Go out with friends, set at a restaurant. Do something so I’m no where near my hotel room — the sirens of the bed are too powerful for me to resist after a long flight.
I didn’t make it this time. The flight over was brutal. I got stuck in a window seat on a 747 — so I couldn’t really get up to stretch my legs. And there were two stretches where it was so bumpy that the flight attendants had to sit down. It is amazing how you can see wave propagation on a 747’s wings. Yuck. So, when I got in I was exhausted.
In order to redeem myself after a 2 hour nap that I almost didn’t get out of bed after (really comfortable bed for that nap!), I went to visit a friend of mine from Chicago who is currently living in Lausanne, a city about an hour’s drive from Geneva. Shelley found a great place — one of the few that was open on Sunday (another difference between here and America).
And then I had to drive home. One hour after a good French/Swiss meal along with a glass of wine. By the end of the trip I was having to smack myself to make sure I didn’t fall asleep. Yes, I should have pulled off the highway, but I was so close to that amazing hotel bed…