WHERE I GO TO PLAY

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

Work travel of­ten takes me to cities, so lo­cal mu­se­ums are some of my favourite things to visit abroad. It’s there where you see what folk are most proud of, all ar­ranged in such a way as they would pre­fer you to see it.

MOST MEM­O­RABLE MEAL WHILE TRAV­EL­LING

favourite parts of any travel ex­pe­ri­ence is play­ing sound­tracks or score mu­sic that cor­re­sponds in the feel or mood to what­ever I’m look­ing at. But I swear some­body in the air­line book­ing sys­tem has a grudge against me as I al­ways end up sit­ting right over the wing when­ever I get a win­dow seat. In this case, I just play No time for Cau­tion from the In­ter­stel­lar sound­track, as it goes nicely with the wing me­chan­ics of take-off.

HOW I DEAL WITH JET LAG

I avoid sleep­ing un­til lo­cal bed­time. If that doesn’t work then I just em­brace the drowsi­ness and in­voke the jet lag sym­pa­thy rule if I do some­thing wrong.

THE HOL­I­DAY SOU­VENIR I AL­WAYS BUY

and so if it’s small enough to trans­port, I’ll buy one. For ex­am­ple, I re­turned from China with two dizi (bam­boo flutes), one was a re­place­ment for the bro­ken other, which I had started us­ing as a pa­rade ba­ton af­ter I’d given up try­ing to play it. I can al­most play it a year later.

HOW I GET THROUGH A LONG-HAUL FLIGHT

Ed­u­ca­tional au­dio­books! A dark cabin on a plane is one of the few places where I can ac­tu­ally ab­sorb tricky info with­out hav­ing to re-read some­thing 10 times.

ROLE PLAY: Cal­lan McAuliffe likes noth­ing more than to find an Ir­ish pub and re­lax to mu­sic and a Guin­ness (be­low).

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