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Jet Lag & Movies

I very much get jet-lag.  And because it’s Friday, here’s a funny story to show you how bad it can be.

This last September, we arrived in Greece around 4pm after red-eying from the US and connecting/running through Charles de Gaulle.  With the metro on strike, it took a lot longer than we had expected to get to our hotel in the heart of Athens.  It looked like we had missed the nap window and so decided to walk around a little, get dinner and stay up until 8 or 9pm.  Feeling good, we hit up a rooftop bar for a drink and a spectacular view of the Acropolis.  Back at the hotel, my hubby started playing with the TV and found, of all things, The Patriot with Greek subtitles.

Maybe 10 minutes into the movie, I starting tearing up.  Bear in mind that at this point, I had watch a small battle scene, bad guys plotting revenge and some characters hiding from the British – nothing particularly emotional.  Then, when the family reunites at the beach, I started sobbing!  I remembered thinking the sappy parts of the movie seemed so forced the first time I watched this, but it didn’t matter this time.  Crying during a cheesy movies you’ve already seen – definitely a sign of jet lag!

I tried this test again the next day.  I must have got enough sleep because I was not at all affected by The Mask of Zorro.

Athens at Night

The Acropolis at night as viewed from above Monastiraki Square

On the flight back from Greece, I was getting excited to post about my trip but I have been a lazy girl since I got back.  Normally I get jet-lag for a day at the most, but I have been out by 8pm almost all week!  I’m finally feeling back to normal and am now sorting through my 600 photos.  Greece was so much fun.  It was one of those 10 day vacations which is so relaxing and so filled with sights that it feels like you were gone a month! (Maybe that’s why it took so long to adjust when I returned…)

In the meantime, here is a Acropolis view taken our first night in Athens from a sixth floor bar on Monastiraki Square.  The view was well worth my 9 Euro Metaxa-sangria (which itself was good too)!

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