A330/F 39 – what to do according to the coordinates for "sinking ships sounds, describes at the moment my very personal battlefield. It is just about 35 by 35 cm big. The opponents: flat seat versus sab muscles. And already after two hours the pain in my thighs shows me that I will lose the fight. I am sitting in seat F in row 39 of the airbus 330 to abu dhabi and yes: i hate flying. Not because I was afraid of crashing. But at 1.90 meters tall, it's not really fun to be crammed into an economy class seat for eleven hours. There's occupational therapy wrapped in aluminum in the form of noodles. But this brings neither increased nutritional value nor the desired distraction.
According to confucius, the "way is the goal". My destination is kathmandu, abu dhabi is only a short stopover. I am on my way to nepal. Sitting next to me is wolfgang grader. The bamberger grunen councillor will devote the next two weeks to his duties as national chairman of the tibet initiative and i will accompany him to document his work on the ground in nepal and india photographically.