Personal: BA 2119 | Flight of the Future Exhibition

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Disclaimer: This post BA 2119: The Flight of the Future Exhibition first appeared on Bankelele as I was asked to write a guest post in return for visiting the exhibition.

I was fortunate enough to be invited/gifted a ticket to an interactive exhibition by British Airways in collaboration with students from the Royal College of Art (RCA) at the Saatchi Gallery as they showcased the future of flying in the next 100 years.

This year, British Airways is celebrating its 100th Anniversary as being part of a predecessor company AT&T (Air Transport & Travel Ltd) and this exhibition is a celebration of that long history by looking at aviation through history via FLY, an interactive, multisensory, virtual reality experience that turns you into a time traveller from being a bird, into Leonardo Da Vinci’s studio in Florence all the way to 100 years into the future to what aviation might look like with an aircraft that is guided to land by sight as one of the possibilities of air travel.

Together with FLY, eight other concepts were showcased at the exhibition. These included:

  • AVII (AVY), which I particularly liked as a concept to improve the experience of travellers using Artifical Intelligence (AI) in collaboration with cabin crew. The idea is to submit your needs as you book your flight, for example, if you have particular dietary needs and this information is fed back to the cabin crew who in return provide personalised service throughout your flight without even you asking.
  • Another concept, TASTENATION, uses data collected from DNA and body health to 3D print food for a new multi-sensory in-flight dining experience. This idea does away with food waste as meals are prepared from scratch onto edible cutlery and plates. Yet at the same time provide the necessary nutrients whilst on the air as it prepares the body to adjust to the cuisine of the traveller’s destination.
  • In line with reducing waste, THE FUTURE OF LUGGAGE is another concept that can also be realised. The vision where travellers would travel without any luggage as they will have to upload their clothes onto a digital wardrobe together with their measurements and depending on the weather, duration of their stay, etc. and the idea that you would arrive at your destination and find a set of clothes waiting for you at the airport lounge at your destination is pretty awesome. Clothes will be made from recycled materials that at the end of your trip, you drop them off at the airport where they are recycled.

There was so much to detailing to see at this exhibition from personalised wearable seats called AIRWEAR, to flying green with AERIUM, where the air we breathe and the water that we drink whilst flying is generated through bioavionics systems integrated as part of the plane. CURIO, a hypersonic modular aircraft with zero emissions and weird seating is one I did not get. And so did AER, a shape-changing smart luggage transportation concept.

Of the concepts, I saw at the exhibition, AVII(AVY), AERIUM, TASTENATION and THE FUTURE OF LUGGAGE looked like the ones that are likely to happen in the near future leading up to 2119 with the other concepts looking very unlikely, but I could be wrong and years beyond 2119, these other concepts could be a reality for many.

All in all, it was amazing to see how history and the advancement of technology inform us of the ideas and innovations of what is yet to come.

#FlightoftheFuture

 

Travel: Take Me Back to the Beach

This photograph was taken by my sister-in-law at Niechorze Beach when I visited her, my brother and nephew in Poland back in 2017.

It just reminds me of my love for travelling and experiencing new people and places. I really cannot wait to embark on more travel adventures, be it alone or with my family.

I believe travelling is the one true way to learn about yourself and others. One true way to appreciate life and the abundance of opportunities it has to offer. One true way to just be YOU & FREE!

Travelling for me is my happy place.

#Wanderlust

Travel: Dublin Ferry

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In 2015, I took the ferry to Dublin using SailRail from London. It is one of the cheapest ways to travel to Ireland. This was my first time crossing the Irish Sea and my first time travelling to Dublin. For most of the journey, I was inside the ferry as there isn’t much to see and it can get really windy on the deck. So I waited until we were about to dock and that is when I ventured to the viewing deck of the ferry and took these photographs before we arrived at Dublin Port.

It was still very windy, but at least it was sunny. I am not a fan of windy, cold, rainy weather, but Ireland gets an exception from me. I have to say, the little I saw of the country, I vowed I would be back as I had fallen in love with it. I enjoyed my stay even though it was a short one.

#DublinFerry

 

Travel: The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway (2017)

I took this photograph when I was in Ireland and Northern Ireland for the Women’s Rugby World Cup. A friend and I decided to drive to this world-famous tourist site in Northern Ireland during the break between matches from the World Cup. We took the scenic route and it was certainly one of the highlights of that trip. An experience that I have to be grateful to my friend Sarah.

The rock formations are what people descend to this area for, but on this day my images weren’t coming out how I wanted them. So I turned around and started photographing the rocky hills that were nearby and this is one I took on my phone.

Sometimes, it’s good to have people around you who get your passion when it comes to photography. The number of times we stopped just to take the views were just too many to count and I am forever appreciative for her allowing me to be her travel buddy. Thank you, Sarah.

Ohh, she is really awesome at photographing sports. Check out her Instagram and tell her I sent you there.

If you are ever in Northern Ireland, I would highly recommend doing the scenic drive to The Giant’s Causeway and whilst you are there, stay at The Ardtrabane House Bed and Breakfast. Please call ahead and check for availability as it can get booked up pretty fast. It’s the best BnB I have stayed in and the owners are super nice. If looking for a place to eat for dinner after walking to The Giant’s Causeway from the BnB, The Nook, has fairly decent food at reasonable prices.

Have you got any site seeing recommendations that are ‘unusual’?

#TheGiantsCauseway

Birthday Weekend in Paris

As some of you may know, May is my birth month.

This year, I decided that I would spend it in Paris.

So here is the thing, I am a fan of Rugby and particularly, Rugby 7s. So around my birthday, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series final two legs (Paris and London 2017) happen in May right around my birthday. Last year, two things did not allow me to travel to Paris.

One – my visa expired the weekend before.

Two – I had deadlines.

So, I vowed to myself, that the following year, come rain or shine, I will find myself in Paris and here we are. A year later and I got to celebrate my birthday in Paris doing what I love most, travelling, photography and rugby.

This goes to show, with determination, you can make things happen.

Whenever I could, I documented my experience as a TWO-PART vlog for my YouTube channel.

Part One

Part Two

I hope you like it and if you do, please…

SUBSCRIBE. COMMENT. LIKE. SHARE.

#BirthdayMonth