20 (Mon) February 2017
Grilled Seafood Selections
aboard Turkish Airlines TK 85
-Manila to Istanbul-
Mission to HQ, Day 1.
In Geneva. Here to attend a Scoping Meeting on the Ethics of Vector-Borne Diseases – Thu to Fri.
7th visit to Switzerland (see most recently 6.310 Mana à la Manor).
In flight, the food was quite good. Well-prepared, thoughtfully presented. Tasty. I even enjoyed the dessert.
At a literal level, the “chef” in uniform was a bit over-the-top – we know that she’s not actually cooking the food in a kitchen somewhere in the back of the plane. But then again, business class should present an elevated experience, so why not put on a good show?
First time on Turkish Airlines. I liked.
During the flight, I happened to watch the movie Inferno. It’s about a madman plot to release a lethal virus upon the world, with WHO playing a small but recurring role in the story, concluding in Istanbul. Meanwhile, I’m on a plane to Istanbul, on my way to attend a WHO meeting to discuss the ethics of addressing vector-borne disease. Fact check: WHO does not have a jet, WHO does not have SWAT teams, and WHO does not have some kind of supranational policing authority to show up on the scene, flash a badge at local law enforcement, and demand a situation report.
As always, I am grateful for and respectful of the opportunity to travel internationally, whether for fun or for work, especially via business class (see BEST IN FLIGHT), including airport lounge access (see in BEST IN LOUNGE).
Upon arrival, in search of lunch, I discovered a Turkish restaurant called Kebab Istanbul directly behind my hotel. Of course I did.