Well, I love to travel overseas – but I get some pretty mean jet lag going east over the pond.  So I’ve had to come up with  good strategy to ward it off as I will be going direct to Terra Madre from the airport when I arrive.

So – when we are going to bed here, folks in Italy are just waking up, so you can imagine a transition can be difficult.  But I think I’ve got it worked out:

So, first things first: No alcohol; stay hydrated

I fly out of Seattle at 9:30 am on Tuesday (6:30 pm Tuesday in Italy) with a stop in Detroit.  I’ll wake up early, say 5:00am (2:00pm in Italy – we’ll call it a hangover seep in).  I fly out at 9:00 Local time (6:00 pm Italy)  This is when I start taking my homeopathic “No Jet Lag” remedy.  One dose every 2 hours.  I’ll stay awake for the whole trip to Detroit (gonna watch Inception for that stretch).  I have a short stopover in Detroit and then we’re off at 6:00 pm (3:00 pm Vancouver time; 12 pm Tuesday in Italy).  So this is where the work comes in…

I have to sleep at least 6 hours on the flight from Detroit, so I will be using melatonin to help with this on the way (while continuing with the homeopathic remedy).  A triple dose should do it!  I have another stopover in Paris (how romantic) at 8:00 a.m. (Italy time; 11:00 pm Tuesday – Vancouver time), so if I sleep from Detroit to Paris for 6 hours I will wake up in Paris early in the morning and ready to go!  I have an eye mask, melatonin, and I’ll grab a boring book to put me to sleep: transition should be seamless!  I’ll keep you posted.