By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 9/12/17 (Tue)
If you travel beyond
But sometimes we travel overseas and when we do, we see and hear things that we couldn’t possibly imagine in the
For instance, everybody says that German chocolate is so good, and it is. But did you ever try British chocolate?
• I was stuck in
It was incredible and I just wish it was available in the
• In 1999, our National Guard unit made a trip to
Some of us then made purchases for the purpose of getting change back in Euros.
And when we were tired and got back to where our flight was leaving, one of the guys said he would buy me a beer before our flight for Frankurt took off. We sat down and had Heineken, a Dutch beer in a Dutch airport.
• After a long, 14-hour direct flight from
When we got into the airport, the first thing we saw was law enforcement officers with a beagles sniffing through luggage and looking for contraband.
Hours later, I was on a smaller plane that took off for
• Flying to
That meant a lot of civilian airports along the way, perhaps the most notable was when I arrived in
It turned into somewhat of an argument and obviously the guy looking at it didn’t understand English very well and I didn’t understand Arabic at all. Finally after nearly an hour, a couple of the Soldiers from my unit showed up to pick me up, they vouched for me and everything was fine. I was free to go, no questions asked and no further restrictions.
• Military flights are often very different and the airports you land in, if you land in an airport, are often nothing more than a building with a few seats and a telephone.
It was like that in
The airport was drab and very industrial as you might expect from a military post but it sure wasn’t indicative of our surroundings because we got to see some incredible scenery including ships transiting the
Four years later we took roughly the same path, but after a stop in
That was nothing more than an airstrip near the Argentine border. We were in a C-130 cargo plane and I still remember the pilot saying he wasn’t sure he could land that bird on such a short runway.
But he did, we got out and there was nothing but scrub brush like you’d see in parts of
• We also flew into
We all like to travel and when we get there, we all like to get to the beach as quick as we can for that much needed relaxation.
But when we have these layovers, there’s plenty to see either in the airport itself or from the people who are in said airport.
And back to exotic