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Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

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Hello everyone!
I spend the last 6 weeks circling the globe,
visiting Thailand, Russia, Turkey,
Greece and finishing it all off in New York.
I flew on some exotic aircraft,
met lots of friendly people, met some beautiful
women and drank lots of booze in the process.

My itinerary was
SFO-NRT ¡KUnited Airlines 747-400
NRT-BKK ¡KUnited Airliners 747-400
BKK-SVO ¡KAeroflot IL-96-300
SVO-IST ¡KAeroflot TU-154
IST-ATH ¡KOlympic Airways ATR-72
ATH-JFK ¡KOlympic Airways A340-300
JFK-OAK ¡K JetBlue A320
OAK-SFO- BART

I flew business class in the upper-deck of a United 747-400
(reg# N196UA) from San Francisco to Tokyo, Japan.
Service was excellent. I had a 6 hour layover at
Narita before catching my connecting flight to Bangkok,
Thailand. That flight was also business class on United
747-400 (re# N128UA).
After 16 hours of flying, we touched down in Bangkok
at midnight. When stepping off the plane, the heat
& humidity hit me as I walked down the
air-stairs and squeezed in to the shuttle bus that takes
us in to the terminal. Going through customs control
was very swift. I had no idea what I¡¦d be in for over
the next 2 weeks in Thailand.

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I fell in love with Thailand!
The people are very nice and polite.
The women are beautiful, great personality,
the food is amazing, everything is cheap and it's
easy to get away from all the tourist.
Bangkok is a very wild city. Lots of really bizarre
stuff going on but overall, people really have a
healthy and friendly attitude.

I managed to make friends with native
Thais that really showed me a good time including
all the cheap eating spots and
Buddhist temples in Bangkok.
The massage parlors are world-class.

There were some real whacky things I saw in Bangkok.
You can tell by the pictures.
On several occasions, would see someone
riding there elephant through town.
(Pictured below)

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The women of Thailand are exceptionally beautiful.
Here I met two really nice Thai ladies
that are in flight school. They could potentially
become future Thai Airways pilots. I of course stay
in contact with them because
I am ..uhh..an aspiring pilot.too.  Wink




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Bangkok has a great public transit system as well.
I found the Bangkok river taxis to be a
very relaxing way to get from point
A to point B as well as get an un-obstructed
view of the Bangkok cityscape. Best of all, it's
cheaper than a car taxi or ¡¥Tuk-Tuk¡¦.

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Bangkok subways can get very
crowded but they run very frequent,
never break down and make our
sophisticated systems in New York,
San Francisco and Portland, Or. look like a joke.
Yes I know ours are much older.

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When I went to Bangkok,
I had intentions on going to the take the
elephant tours through the jungles of
Thailand as well as visit Cambodia,
Vietnam and Laos.
Well, the mosquitoes in Bangkok ate me alive!
So I know I would certainly have trouble in the
jungles and in those other countries where
Malaria is a problem nationwide. I didn't do
my homework nor get the proper shots &
meds prior to my trip so I stayed in Bangkok.
That of course was no problem at all either.
Out of 13 days, I never had a dull moment.
Damn I love Bangkok!

Enough about Bangkok, Thailand.
Next stop was Moscow, Russia.
I can write a book about my Aeroflot IL-96-300
flight from Bangkok to Moscow alone.

The 10 hour flight between Bangkok & Moscow
was the longest 10 hours I've ever experienced!
I don¡'t know where to begin.
Some here at Airliners.net already know that
I have fascination with Soviet jetliners as well
as all older Western aircraft types.
Well the IL-96 I flew on is less than 10 years old,
yet, the aircraft has old abandoned IL-86 interiors.
In terms of the service by Aeroflot flight attendants,
I've met friendly Hiway Patrol and Police officers that's
pulled me over for speeding.


The IL-96 BKK-SVO was an awful experience and the
worst flight I've ever had!
The IL-96 is a great plane but it's a shame that
Aeroflot put in abandoned bus seats in this new
aircraft. I've had better experiences on Greyhound.
Cubana's IL-62 interiors are much better.
If any of you want to fly on an IL-96, take Cubana
instead. They have two already.

Before I get to the in-flight entertainment¡,
let's talk about the takeoff roll.
I've seen videos here at Airliners.net of some of
the fuel saving techniques Aeroflot pilot's use.

The IL-96 is a modern aircraft, yet the pilot chose to use only
2/3rds power for takeoff and used every inch of the runway
before pulling the nose up at the very end.
We went in to a very gradual ascend.
I mean VERY GRADUAL ascend before going in to a
step ascend 2 minutes after takeoff.

Aeroflot flight attendants eat before they get up
and serve the passengers. Mind you, I don't have
a problem with this because I like to think of myself
as a Spartan traveler and some of this stuff just comes with the territory.

A fist-fight broke out between two drunk Russian guys
in the rear galley. The fight went on for about 5 minutes
before others tried to break it up. The flight attendants
were older women in there 50s and certainly could
not break up a fight of these men twice there size.
The only male flight attendant was having a
cigarette up in first class. Nevermind the fact that the
'no smoking' light stayed on throughout the flight,
yet half the passengers and some FAs smoke
in-flight. Eventually, things calmed down and our
dinner was served 3 hours in to the flight.

Later on
another drunk Russian guy was running around the plane
opening and slamming lavatory doors shouting out how
much he hates Asians and Africans coming to "his"
country. He was also shouting that Russia should only
be for Russians. This guy wasn't even a skinhead. He
looked like an ordinary family man.
What did the Aeroflot flight attendants do? They sat
him down in first class! I¡¦ve read that a lot of
younger and poorer Russians have latched on to
Adolph Hitler's warped ideology but I'd never imagined
that someone on and international Aeroflot flight would
express there warped views so freely.
This tells me that this ideology is shared by some
middle & upper class Russians as well.
A flight to Bangkok isn't cheap, especially with Rubles.
There were about 14 Chinese exchange
students as well as me and one other man from
South Africa being the only non-Russians/Slavics on this flight.

Towards the end of the flight, things started to
lighten up. Two drunk guys started standing on there
heads in the aisle and were competing to see who can
do it the longest.
By the way, there were NO BOOZ served on this flight!
It was
a BYOB (bring your own bottle) flight! Yes they were
passing around many bottles of vodka they brought on
board.

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Victor (Tu204) was a really nice guy and showed me
around. We went to the bone yard across the road from
SVO and we drank vodka on the wing of an IL-86.
That was very cool!
(I'll add those photos later)
The man guarding the facility was an old-line Communist hardliner.
Being an American pinko-Commie sympathizer
that I am would not have been enough to get in.
So my friend suggested that I say I was from Angola or Cuba.
Well I look more Cuban than Angolan and I've been to Cuba so
I faked a Cuban accent to get in to the facility. Gosh I wish I had a video camera to tape that!
Damn, that was really cool to visit and that was awesome for my friend Victor to be able to arrange all of this.

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I did see Red Square and St. Basils Cathedral.
The Mausoleum and Monino was closed that day.
One of the highlights of Moscow was seeing a beautiful
Zil sedan enroute to the Red
Square. The Zil was/is the Soviet Union's answer to my car
(1970s full-sized, body on frame luxury sedan).

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The absence of center storage bins gave
this flight even more of a 'Circus tent' feel.

Me, Victor (Tu204), and his friend Bracksha
who is an engine mechanic for Aeroflot.
I owe a very special thanks to them and there families for opening there doors to me, showing me around and getting me drunk.

Even though I spend less than 48 hours in Moscow,
I had the unfortunate experience of seeing two low-class
Russians shout at me a give me the Heil Hitler salute
as me and Victor departed Moscow Metro enrout to his place.
The xenophobia in Russia is widespread and it's a
shame that this once great nation has adopted
an ideology which killed 26+ million of it's own citizens.
Red Square was beautiful as well as St. Basils's Cathedral
but the rest of Moscow reminded me of the south suburbs
of Chicago (Calumet City, Riverdell, Dalton)
which is not a good thing.

The flight from Moscow, Russia to Istanbul,
Turkey on Aeroflot TU-154 was great.
I was amazed with it's performance!
It got off the ground in no time.
The passengers (mostly Turkish and Russian mobsters)
were much better behaved
than the idiots on the long-haul IL-96 flight.
The TU-154 was quieter than expected.

I was pleasantly surprised with Turkey.
The funny thing was after checking in with the
Turkish customs agent, he stamped my passport
and sold me my visa, he jumps from behind the
glass window and asked me;
"What is your stage name? Aren't you that singer, Usher¨?
Come on now!
I look way better than Usher so I took that as an insult! Big grin
However, this wasn't the first time on my trip that people
thought that I was an R&B singer.
Several women in Thailand thought I was an R&B singer,
but I let them live out there fantasy while
I was in there presence.  Wink
Twice, women asked me to sing for them.

Istanbul was nice, historical and clean but after
getting a taste of heaven (Thailand),
I didn't want to stay as long as I had planned.

OK, do any of you old-timers remember
Airliners.net user, 'RealHigh'?
For those of you too young to remember,
she was a SFO member and friend of mine
that was a Belly-Dancer.
Me and a lady friend of her's became
good friends but both of us lost contact
with her after she moved to Belgium. Anyhow,
me and her friend
(I won't divulge her name at this site)
stayed friends
throughout the years.
Well this friend of ours visa expired and she
had to move back to Turkey (her homeland).
We stayed in contact over the years.
After spending a few days with her and her
fQ#king mother, f$%king friends, f*4king co-workers,
f!^king family and repeatedly hearing the "M" word (marriage) for 5 days, it was time to get the hell out !
I ended up spending more time in Greece than planned.
So the book is closed on that chapter of my life.
Tbar220 and others, please, no more emails
asking about RealHigh!



Let me tell you all, the Athens airport is AWESOME!!!!!!
I arrived at 12:30 AM midnight and what do I hear
being played over the PA system?
'Theme from Superfly' by Curtis Mayfield!
It's as if Greece knew I was coming!
One thing I liked about the airport in Athens
is the high concentration of backpackers
(although I am not one) and just cool folks
that bring there sleeping bags, inflatable
mattresses and in some cases, hammocks
to the airport. I must say, Athens has some
of the coolest music I've ever heard at an airport terminal.
Hell, Athens even has a cool Herpa Wings retailer in which
I bought a Silk Way IL-76 1:500 scale model plane.

What I have gathered from other tourist is that
Greece is the most affordable European Union
nation to visit.
Being a Chicagoland native, it was mandatory
that I try the original pita gyro sandwich and compare.
Well, I must say that Athens has the best pita gyros in world!
I know of a place in which I could get
TWO pita gyro sandwiches and 1 liter of Mythos beer
for only 4 Euros.
In the United States, that would be $18 (24 Euros).

After touring Athens and Corinth,
it was time to visit the islands of Greece.
OMG!
Great beaches, beautiful women and almost as cheap as Thailand!
I visited Ios, Paros and Mykonos. Sad thing was that no one
in Corinth knew of any sort of Corinthian leather
that was sold exclusivly in Chrysler luxury vehicles from
1974-1995. As a former Chrysler Lebaron convertible owner, I was
rather peaved.
(dripping with sarcasm).
I didn't let this discovery ruin my trip.  Wink
Considering it was mid-June, Ios was still cheap and vacant.
I felt as if I had the entire island to my self.
I was told it was the party island but parties wasn't what
I was looking for. I found a room for only 9 Euros a night
and it was just a block from beautiful white sand beaches
and turquoise blue/green tropical water.

Mykonos was not my speed. Two cute girls
I met on the ferry (from LAX) talked me in to visiting
the island for the day.
Well there were no ruins, the scenery was just
average and it was over-priced. It was just a place
for rich gay guys to hook up.
Well I am not rich, nor gay so it's not my kind of island.

Now lets talk about the spectacular Olympic Airways A340-300!
OK, some members here think I am a nut because
I LOVE this aircraft/livery combo.
Keep in mind, my praise for this airline has nothing to
do with my bias based on appearance.
The flight and the service are top-notch. It's
mind-boggling to hear that this airline is struggling.
These are the best coach seats I've ever flown on.
Olympic coach rivals United business. The seats are
very comfortable, has adjustable head rest, foot rest
and everyone has there own PTV. The food was great,
and they served two rounds of meals. The first round
was lamb gyros with olives and potatoes, the second
was salmon with rice. They had a good selection of
Greek wines and I had about 9 rounds on this 10 hour
flight. Olympic also uses real silver wear.

The all female flight attendant crew was very
Professional and beautiful.
I didn't want this plane to land. This was the
shortest 10 hour flight I've ever flown on.
The plane I flew on was 'Olympia' (SX-DFA) which was
one of the first photos I viewed at Airliners.net when
I discovered the site back in April 2000. This exact
plane has been listed in my favorites in my profile
every since A.net added this feature.


My stay in New York was great as well.
I stayed at two different places. My friend's
place in the Flatbush section of the borough of
New York and found a very affordable place
in the Village called the St. Marks hotel.
That place is ideal for the traveler on the budget.
My return flight to San Francisco was supposed
to be on United but I ended up get a
companion pass on JetBlue from JFK to Oakland,
California. I am not a huge fan of David Needleman
but he has a great airline with a fantastic F/A staff
and pilots. Ground crew? Well I'll take the 5th,.

If I had the chance, I'd do it all over again!


I owe a special thanks to (Victor) Tu204 for
being my tour guide/bodyguard as well as Bracksha
& family for letting me pass out at there pad.
Also, Alex (An-225) for making it all happen!
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Superfly
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:16 pm

Other highlights from this trip.

My lady friends;

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The women of Greece are beautiful!

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This is the Turkish customs agent that thought I was Usher!
He begged to have his photo taken with me!
Hillarious! Big grin

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This image sums up Russia in 2006 pretty well.
An abandoned fighter jet once aimed to kill Americans rust away in a open field will cheap Ikea-like faux luxury condos crop up over night.


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My diet in Greece.
Damn I miss these things!
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…and her too! Big grin
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a touch of class…
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:47 pm

Interesting report..... funny picture I liked was the guy riding thru town on his elephant (with the 7-11 in the background.)

Thanks for posting it.
 
jaysit
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Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:55 pm

Welcome back !

Great trip report.

We should make you Ambassador to Russia. You can have all the hot blond slavic babes and give those neo-nazi morons the sh*ts. But it looks like you'd rather be Ambassador to Thailand !
Atheism is Myth Understood.
 
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:32 am

Hilarious. Thank you for making me laugh so much. If I ever go to Thailand I will try to go at the coolest time and take insect repellent.
 
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:51 am

Where are the CCS and HAV stops? You certainly missed the best places on earth!

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Sabena332
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:45 am

Excellent report, Superfly!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
A fist-fight broke out between two drunk Russian guys
in the rear galley. The fight went on for about 5 minutes
before others tried to break it up. The flight attendants
were older women in there 50s and certainly could
not break up a fight of these men twice there size.
The only male flight attendant was having a
cigarette up in first class. Nevermind the fact that the
'no smoking' light stayed on throughout the flight,
yet half the passengers and some FAs smoke
in-flight. Eventually, things calmed down and our
dinner was served 3 hours in to the flight.



Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Two drunk guys started standing on there
heads in the aisle and were competing to see who can
do it the longest.

 rotfl  Flying long-haul on Aeroflot must be a pretty cool experience, I will definitely check them out since nobody cares if you're smoking or if you're drunk! Sounds like a really funny experience!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
The flight from Moscow, Russia to Istanbul,
Turkey on Aeroflot TU-154 was great.
I was amazed with it's performance!
It got off the ground in no time.

Great to hear. A friend and me will fly to Moscow next month and finally I managed it to book us on an Aeroflot flight operated by the TU-154! This will be my first flight in a Russian jet and I can't wait!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
My diet in Greece.
Damn I miss these things!

They taste awesome! How was the Mythos beer? I've never had the chance to check it out when I was in Greece because they mostly sell import beer on Zante.

Again, thanks for the fantastic report!

Patrick
NZ1's mother is a disgusting crack-whore and his father is a worthless alcoholic!
 
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:55 am

The pictures from Bangkok reminds me of my trip there a half-year ago. I can remember it as yesterday..  Smile Well, I'd like to see you with Cuban accent! Big grin Nice report anyway.
 
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:14 am

Only the 'fly would go round-the-world..In Search Of: Rich Corinthian Leather.

A classic report, good to have you back!
 
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:35 am

I forgot to add, these are the beautiful girls I met that are in flight school in Thailand.
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Quoting Jaysit (Reply 3):
We should make you Ambassador to Russia. You can have all the hot blond slavic babes and give those neo-nazi morons the sh*ts. But it looks like you'd rather be Ambassador to Thailand !

Nah, I'll pass on the Ambassador to Russia gig. I can get plenty of hot blond slavic babes here in San Francisco. The Thai girls just blew my mind!
Lots of thick in chunky girls in Thailand, yet none of them make it over here to the USA. Only the skinny ones seem to immigrate here.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
If I ever go to Thailand I will try to go at the coolest time

I've been told the only two seasons are hot & very hot.  
I had to douse my body with 100% DET. It was a bottle sold at 7-11 and all the text was in Thai but it did have a mosquito with a red X on it. Not sure it was for my skin or not but it worked!

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 5):
Where are the CCS and HAV stops? You certainly missed the best places on earth!

I've already been to HAV and had a great time! CCS is next on my list. I'll look you up when I arrive. 


Sabena332, try to contact Victor (Tu204) when you get to Moscow. He is a real fun guy to hang out with. Very knowlegable of aircraft, fluent in English & Russian and likes to drink. Those are all good qualities when hanging out in Russia.
Mythos beer is OK for the hot climate of Greece. I wouldn't be my beer of choice in the winter but often times, it was the only Greek beer sold. I can get Heineken and Amstel everywhere else.

If you fly Aeroflot longhaul, this will be your meal. Remember, you CAN bring your own booze onboard.   
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Quoting Malmoaviation (Reply 7):
Well, I'd like to see you with Cuban accent!

Well I was talking about aircraft with an al-la Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy accent.  

Quoting Maury (Reply 8):
Only the 'fly would go round-the-world..In Search Of: Rich Corinthian Leather.


Well I figured it was a marketing gimmick but I am the kind of guy that needs to see the proof.

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One of the highlights of visiting Bangkok was going to the top of the Bayoke Sky Hotel. It's the tallest hotel in the world, topping off at 85 stories. I like the glass elevator ride to the top.  

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Now this was strange. This is a Thai death metal group. The lead vocalist growls in Thai.
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This is how I got around on the islands of Greece.
Renting those mopeds were lots of fun.
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It is really sad to hear of Olympic Airways financial situation. There service is world-class.  

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I just love those classic lines!  

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Bring back the Concorde
 
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:52 am

'Fly! How cool! What an adventure you had...as did the ladies around the world!  Smile

Sorry your flight to Moscow wasn't better. Maybe if they had known that Usher was on the plane, they would have behaved...nah, probably not!

Welcome back!
But that was when I ruled the world
 
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:15 am

Very interesting trip report and it sounds like you had a great time everywhere you went!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Bangkok is a very wild city. Lots of really bizarre
stuff going on but overall, people really have a
healthy and friendly attitude.

Hope you get a chance to come back and explore the country a bit more. While Bangkok does have its wild side, there is a lot more to it than that, and of course a lot more to the entire country. But I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
If I ever go to Thailand I will try to go at the coolest time

I've been told the only two seasons are hot & very hot.

Three, actually: Hot from March to July, Rainy from July to October, Cool (relatively) from October to February
Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
 
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:50 am

Christao17:
Hey it's great to see an Airliners.net member from Thailand!
I fell in love with your country! I certainly don't need to have my arm twisted to come back.  Smile
I am glad to hear that Thailand has a cool season. Just how "cool" is it?
Is there any parts that get below 32 degrees C?
I have seriously considered moving to Thailand since my trip. I have many questions I want to ask you terms of being a non-Thai person and finding work.

Just how bad is the Maleria situation in the rural parts of Thailand?
Have you came down with it? Do you know anybody with Malaria?
How do you all cope living with the risk of this deadly disease?

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 10):
Maybe if they had known that Usher was on the plane, they would have behaved...nah, probably not!

Funny! Big grin
Bring back the Concorde
 
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Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:57 pm

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I owe a special thanks to (Victor) Tu204 for
being my tour guide/bodyguard as well as Bracksha
& family for letting me pass out at there pad.
Also, Alex (An-225) for making it all happen!

Excellent trip report! I hope to visit Thailand some time in the fall. Care to tag along?  Wink.

Alex.
Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
 
semsem
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:09 pm

There was an article in the Wall Street Journal about a trip to Russia. The authour flew like you on Aeroflot from BKK to Moscow on an Ilyushin and he said like on your trip that some of the passengers were drunk. He said it was terrible.
 
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:03 pm

What a fantastic journey lol - remind me to fly Aeroflot sometime!
Loved the bit on the replies - only the Fly would go round the world in search of real Corinthian leather!

I love this place - where else do people do things like go around the world to sample different carriers, or even fly to a particular place simply to be able to go on a particular aeroplane!!!! Big grin

You met some nice ladies didn't you!  Wink It will be Mykonos for me though, but I ain't rich!  Wink
All the same, from an aesthetic point of view, I do like women in a crisp uniform, like those Thai ladies at flight school - and they were pretty too.
Liked the elephant shot, and how this site puts us in touch with all sorts of people from all over the world.

For now - add a long haul Aeroflot flight to Sheremetyevo with three bottles of Vodka to the List Of Things To Do Big grin
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RE: Superfly Completes Trip Around The World

Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:19 pm

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Well, I must say that Athens has the best pita gyros in world!

If they're as good as the ones on Corfu, they were EXCELLENT!!!

That was the best TR ever, I like your style, if you ever decide to come to NZ, Jafa's yer man to show you the highs and lows (hope you like fishing!)

jafa39  Smile
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Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:34 pm

Quoting Semsem (Reply 14):
he said like on your trip that some of the passengers were drunk. He said it was terrible.

I don't have problems with people drinking. Hell I drink a lot anyway.
I just don't like to be around those that are aggressive, violent and beligerant.
Another problem I noticed was that some seats were not properly bolted to the floor. The carpets were not tacked down to the floor so someone can slip and fall easily in some parts of the plane.

This is really too bad because I like the IL-96 and much rather fly on one instead of a 777. I like four engine and three engine aircraft. I completed my entire trip without a 777.  Cool

It's a shame that there are no TU-154s in service in North America. I just love the sound of those Soloviev engines.



Quoting An-225 (Reply 13):
I hope to visit Thailand some time in the fall. Care to tag along?

You know you don't have to twist my arm! Big grin
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Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:41 pm

A lovely trip report. Well worth the reading.

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 16):

That was the best TR ever, I like your style, if you ever decide to come to NZ, Jafa's yer man to show you the highs and lows (hope you like fishing!)

Fishing. What's that?? I'm sure there are more important things than that word to do.  duck 
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Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:43 pm

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 15):
I love this place - where else do people do things like go around the world to sample different carriers, or even fly to a particular place simply to be able to go on a particular aeroplane!!!!

Oh yes, ...umm... I chose Bangkok because the Aeroflot IL-96 flies there.
(dripping with sarcasm)  Wink


Being an aviation & car buff and womanizing alcohalic that I am, this trip was essential.  Silly

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 15):
It will be Mykonos for me though, but I ain't rich!

I am sure you'll find a sugar daddy there to make sure your needs are met.  Wink

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 16):
That was the best TR ever, I like your style, if you ever decide to come to NZ, Jafa's yer man to show you the highs and lows (hope you like fishing!)

Thanks man and yes, I do like fishing.
In fact I went on a camping trip up near Lake Tahoe last weekend to 'decompress' from this trip. We did go fishing but didn't catch anything.  Sad
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Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:24 pm

Quoting NZ560 (Reply 18):
I'm sure there are more important things than that word to do

Yes, duck mate, keep your head down.  Smile  Smile
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Wed Jul 12, 2006 4:58 am

Hey great report and pics 

Whats with all the different ladies?  

Oh, I agree that Thailand is a fantastic place. I'm certainly gonna go back there Big grin



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Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:19 pm

Here are more photos of us drinking vodka on the wing of an IL-86.

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Wed Jul 12, 2006 4:47 pm

Gosh, I am such an idiot. Embarrassment
I forgot to include the Aeroflot TU-154 I flew on between Moscow and Istanbul.


Here are some artifacts from Olympic Airways.
It's great to see that they still use real silverware with there logo engraved in the handles. It was a reminder of how great travel used to be.

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Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 21):
Whats with all the different ladies?

Well you see Lee I took this trip all by myself so I needed 'company'.  Smile
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Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:18 pm

Welcome back!

BCAInfoSys never got your memo that you went around the world, so he got worried.
Did I Miss The Memo - Where's Superfly? (by BCAInfoSys Jun 29 2006 in Non Aviation)


Does that say "Bang Sue" on that banner? Thats funny.

I'm gald that you made it home safely! Thanks for sharing. That is a trip I would love to make some day!
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Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:17 pm

No wonder Olympic might be in financial trouble if everyone keeps stealing their cutlery and headsets  Silly
 
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Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:29 pm

Quoting Ilikeyyc (Reply 24):
BCAInfoSys never got your memo that you went around the world, so he got worried.

Thanks Ilikeyyc!
Sorry I forgot to CC him on the memo.

To answer your question; yes  yes  that sign does say "Bang Sue".
I was on my way to Bang Sue when I took that picture.
I thought someone would catch that sooner. Big grin




EK773:
The descision had already been made to buy Olympic before I bought my ticket. Most people don't take those things but it's important for me to have it.  Smile
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Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:14 am

Nice trip report!
Two little notes: my (strange) friend's name is Pasha, who, btw asked nearly every day how the rest of your trip was going. (I will now link him the trip report) btw, can you PLEASE PHOTOGRAPH yourself with the "Sheremetyevo" ramp monkey vest?????? I really want to see it  Smile
Second note for all those that were not on the wing: There was a bottle of Vodka behind Superfly's back that we downed on the wing after the photo (which was taken by me)  Smile
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Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:22 am

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Thu Jul 13, 2006 2:39 pm

Quoting Tu204 (Reply 27):
Two little notes: my (strange) friend's name is Pasha,

 Embarrassment Embarrassment Embarrassment

Damn, I was way off!  Sad
Well, now he knows. Pasha was a lot of fun to hang out with. I like people that are "strange" but have good intentions. Normal people scare me.  scared 
I am in Chicago right now but when I get back home, I'll model and take a picture with that vest on.
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Fri Jul 14, 2006 7:02 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Is there any parts that get below 32 degrees C?
I have seriously considered moving to Thailand since my trip. I have many questions I want to ask you terms of being a non-Thai person and finding work.

Just how bad is the Maleria situation in the rural parts of Thailand?
Have you came down with it? Do you know anybody with Malaria?
How do you all cope living with the risk of this deadly disease?

If you go further north (Chiang Mai) it gets much cooler in the winter months. Overnight lows in the mid-teens. Here in Bangkok, the lowest it gets during the winter is about 24 overnight, highs still around 28-30.

As for malaria, it isn't a significant risk. If you'll be outside or in areas with many mosquitos, you can use a insect spray. I've never contracted malaria nor have I met anyone (or personally know of anyone) who has contracted it.

You wouldn't be the first a.netter to contact me about moving here! Feel free to email me if you'd like more information or have other questions.
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Sat Jul 15, 2006 7:31 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Sabena332, try to contact Victor (Tu204) when you get to Moscow. He is a real fun guy to hang out with. Very knowlegable of aircraft, fluent in English & Russian and likes to drink.

Yesterday me and my friend sent our passports to the Russian embassy and I hope that everything works well this time. I will definitely contact Victor in case I get the visa without any problems (which I had before).

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Mythos beer is OK for the hot climate of Greece. I wouldn't be my beer of choice in the winter but often times, it was the only Greek beer sold. I can get Heineken and Amstel everywhere else.

That is the problem in the tourist area of Zante, they only sell import beer (from Germany, Holland, the UK, etc.) so I never, ever drink a proper Greece beer.  Angry

Quoting Superfly (Reply 22):
Here are more photos of us drinking vodka on the wing of an IL-86.

Awesome! That was definitely worth the fake Cuban accent!  Wink

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Sat Jul 15, 2006 4:30 pm

Well, Mr. Fly my dear.....that's for taking the time to put together an amazing trip report. The pics are fantastic and I can tell by the smile on your face that you had a great time!!! Thanks for taking the time to include me in your emails while you were travelling!!!

I know I have missed you here on a.net...and it is so good to have you back!!!

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Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:06 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
I forgot to add, these are the beautiful girls I met that are in flight school in Thailand.

Excellent trip-report, especially the Aeroflot flights !!!

Gosh, these Thai pilots-to-be look awesome: what's their age-bracket ???
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Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:48 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):
Well you see Lee I took this trip all by myself so I needed 'company'.

Great idea  Wink

By the way, have you cut your hair? I think it was longer when I saw you in Vegas?
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Tue Jul 18, 2006 1:40 am

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 34):
By the way, have you cut your hair? I think it was longer when I saw you in Vegas?

Yes I did have an afro in Las Vegas.
I realized the angry militant look doesn't work for me.  Smile

Quoting MH017 (Reply 33):
Gosh, these Thai pilots-to-be look awesome: what's their age-bracket ???

Mid 20s.

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 32):
Thanks for taking the time to include me in your emails while you were travelling!!!

I know I have missed you here on a.net...and it is so good to have you back!!!

Thanks for the kind words. Thanks again for the birthday wishes back in May.  Smile

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 31):
Yesterday me and my friend sent our passports to the Russian embassy and I hope that everything works well this time. I will definitely contact Victor in case I get the visa without any problems (which I had before).

How much does Russia charge Germans for visas?
I had to pay $100.00 (US) and wait a week before getting my visa.

Victor is a cool guy to hang out with. He is an airplane geek like all of us but he does like to go out, drink and meet woman as well. You will all have fun.  Cool


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Tue Jul 18, 2006 6:03 am

Excellent!

I imagine some of the people on your BKK-SVO were the kind who go to Pattaya to  ahem  do the nasty.............
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Tue Jul 18, 2006 5:54 pm

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Bangkok is a very wild city. Lots of really bizarre
stuff going on

"bizarre" ain't the word - I have vague memories last December of being in a "ping-pong" bar at 2am but I was very heavily dosed up on Singha and the lighting was dim so I'm not quite sure if what I do recall actually happened or not  eyepopping  covereyes 

Real fun report. I liked the random non-captioned photos - added character to the unique aviation adventure you had.

Good to also see the younger generation is still boozing and womanising around the world - geez if only I were 30 years younger!  biggrin 

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Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:56 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 35):
but he does like to go out, drink and meet woman as well. You will all have fun.

Sounds excellent!  thumbsup  I am sure that we will have fun!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 35):
How much does Russia charge Germans for visas?

A tourist visa cost 35 EUR (44 USD) when you choose "14 days handling time", additionally I have to pay 5 EUR for shipping by post because I didn't go to the embassy myself.

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Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:31 am

Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 37):
Good to also see the younger generation is still boozing and womanising around the world

Well I am carrying the torch of pleasure and hedonism.  Smile

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 38):
A tourist visa cost 35 EUR (44 USD) when you choose

Why is it cheaper for the Germans?
Damn, we helped Russia defeat the Germans!
Oh well.
I had to go to the Russian Consulate to get my visa.
I think it's quicker when you go through the Embassy.
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Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:42 am

I already commented in the email, but this is one great trip report!

Love the photos (the head-standing competition on Aeroflot is surreal) and from the on-the-spot emails you sent while on vacation it's apparent you had the time of your life, so congratulations!


It sounds like we all need to try Olympic.
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Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:15 am

Yo Fly. Well I read this a few days ago but I've only just paid my FC membership so feel honoured I remembered to congratulate you on a) the trip and b) the report  Wink . RTW must be a great thing to do, glad you had such a good time doing so.

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Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:29 am

Great Trip Report and fantastic pictures.

I wanna hear more about that "World Class" massage you got in BKK!
 
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Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:00 pm

Very good report my friend! Excellent . . .

Sounds like quite the adventure for a womanizing, alcoholic old car driving aviation fan!  wink 
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Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:02 pm

Nice and funny trip report. I am glad to see that they even have 7-11s in Bangkok Thailand. 7-11 is just something I can not live without.

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Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:14 am

Quoting Touchdown777 (Reply 44):
7-11 is just something I can not live without.

Is it the spicy bratwurst dogs and cheap beer? Big grin
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Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:55 pm

Christao17:
I send you an email with some questions.
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Tue Jul 25, 2006 6:42 pm

Excellent trip report. I really like the style you used to write it.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):

What I have gathered from other tourist is that
Greece is the most affordable European Union
nation to visit.

The truth is that its getting too expensive in Athens and in most of the popular islands. You can find more affordable places in Spain or Portugal. I found Barcelona to be much cheaper than Athens for the basics like food (especially seafood) and alcohol (and cigarettes).
 
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Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:25 am

Quoting Lewis (Reply 47):
I found Barcelona to be much cheaper than Athens for the basics like food (especially seafood) and alcohol (and cigarettes).

I need to check out Spain again.
The last time I was there, I was a teenager so my dad was paying for everything.
Cheaper beer in Spain, huh?
I may have to make a trip to Spain on Iberia's magnificent A340-600.
Gyros for only 1.20 Euros is hard to beat.


I actually want to apologize for my writing style. I was drunk when I post this and should have proofread it before posting it.
Sorry for the mis-spelled words. Embarrassment
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Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:48 pm

Tu204:
Tell Pasha that I'll have the photo tomorrow.
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