Saturday morning, Pudong International Airport. After quite fast check-in I wait in queue to give my departure card to the border guards, they’re controlling exits and entries at airport. Here procedure went quite fast as well.
I’m waiting at gate for the airplane that will fly directly to Vienna. After an hour of waiting we’re called to enter the plane. Normal procedure: you scan your ticket before the main gate, go forward to the plane, take your seat, etc.
We took off on time. It was cloudy day. However, the visibility was good that I could see well a whole city while turning left in direction to the west!
The last look at Lujiazui, cold and freeze, but so shining – even though the sun was not shining on building – it was like a positive message the text would be unknown to me how to write. It was just like “have a nice trip, nice holiday and see you soon”.
When we reached the cloud level and higher, it became darker for a while. Suddenly I heard some persons was ringing with a well known melody to me.
It was a grandma, who’s phone was ringing for unknown to me reasons. It shouldn’t be call since of course we’re required to have a plane mode during the flight. But this is not the topic. Here what impressed me, the melody that was playing in this grandma’s phone was song titled in Chinese “当你老了”；When You Get Old in direct translation.
What’s an irony I’d say, that grandma is having such a melody in hers phone. Like someone would set it on – good – porpoise; or maybe she has some memories with this song.
It’s funny to me that I reminded as equal month ago my Int’l Marketing professor was playing this exact song during the pause. She told me as curiosity what’s song about and from where it’s from.
It’s a song that was used in Chinese dramatic movie titled “芳华” (Eng.: Fanghua – there’s no translation of the title). Professor was touched how the main character is choosing between being kind and good man or bad one. The story touched more because this character experienced a lot of difficulties in his life…
I don’t know how, but my thoughts squeezed an hour of flight. Like I even don’t know when we passed Nanjing and cities to the north. I knew it’s an hour as the cabin crew was serving us lunch. Yet, I looked at map to see a present location. We were almost above Jining City (济宁市).
After consuming the given meal, I laid down the seat to have a rest. Inside of me I felt I can’t wait to land in Europe, in Vienna! I was really missing my hometown Bielsko-Biała! Now I just closed my eyes, turned on my “KM Fm” playlist and relaxed.
As song titled “Without You” started, I felt like the plane started to shake. Some strong emotions and maybe being tired and this turbulence made I fallen asleep immediately.
My dream was deep as I dreamed about Lujiazui building they were placed somewhere like in Warsaw. The only I memorize I just drove my car from there to the area of my hometown, it seemed to be so close I laughed at that would happened 20 years ago when I was studying and I would regularly live my life in this city like Warsaw and to live in my hometown not worrying about the distance.
I woke up just after 75 minutes when the song “Divenire” was playing on. This snooze and this dream gave me a reflection: first what’s in my mind and second why did I dreamt like the future?
Luckily it was not me when I get old, because yet I would think how the ringtone of grandma would influence my mind for some outstanding thoughts.
Such a query came to me: what’s our need in real life that sometimes we’re dreaming like we’re in the reality whereas it’s just a dream? What’s deep inside our minds that we don’t know about and can’t distinguish the impulse?
With a such questions I take my notes to write down what you can read right now.
After 10 hours I’m landing at Vienna Airport. It’s 4pm, so I just take my luggage, go to take the CAT train and go directly to Wien Hauptbahnhof to reach the train to my hometown.
“Without You” by Finding Hope (feat. Holly Drummond)
“Divenire” by Ludovico Einaudi
“当你老了” video from live performance at TV Show