The Long Journey

Long Escalator, Heathrow Airport - Longford, United Kingdom

Long Escalator, Heathrow Airport – Longford, United Kingdom

Even with modern jets, going to India, from Austin, takes a fair bit of time. I left Austin on Friday night around 9pm, after a two-hour delay. I arrived in London’s Heathrow Airport around noontime on Saturday — the flight took around 9 hours. Luckily, I was able to fly business class on most legs of my trip.

After a shortened, less than 2 hour layover at Heathrow, I was off to Bangalore, India on another 9 1/2 hour flight. I arrived around 5am in India on Sunday morning.

Over the years, I’ve gotten very efficient at packing. That, and having small mirrorless cameras really helps. I’m proud to say that I did my two-week trip with just two carry-ons. A standard roller board held all my clothing (14 pairs of T-Shirts, underwear and socks, some pants and two jackets), all the assorted toiletries, a foldable camera bag and even a tripod. My second bag held my 15″ Macbook Pro, three cameras, four lenses, and the various cables and chargers.

I shot this photo with the Canon G7X Mark II at Heathrow during my short layover. I’m a sucker for escalators, especially long ones with sweeping leading lines. I also figured it would be a good metaphor for this long journey.


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