I arrived at JFK, checked in with no problems; the customer service agent advised that I would have to pick up my bag in Vienna and then check it in again for my flight to Istanbul. When it was time to select seats, the agent told me that she was giving me an entire row to myself. Sweet! I get to lay flat and sleep on the four seats I have to myself!
Before take off, I have two visitors on each side, the lady on my right asks me if she could sit beside me. And this guy was on the far left. So now I have one empty seat beside me. Despite my ambitious plans to read, write and learn a new language on my flight from New York to Vienna, Austria; I sleep and wake up just in time to eat and then back to sleep. A few hours into the flight, I start talking to Nicholaus. We had such an amazing conversation and learn about so much we have in common. I told him that I have a few hours layover in Vienna but not enough time to sightsee and get back to the airport for my next flight. He informs me that there is a train from the airport to the city that takes 15 minutes!