It's 5:30 am local Amsterdam time and I am sitting in the KLM lounge while Elizabeth enjoys her second machine-made cappuccino. Our next flight does not leave until 9:25 am local time, so we've got some time to kill. It dawned on me as I was just pulling out my laptop and iPad that, although I remembered to bring 10 (count that - 10) European adapters and a transformer, they are all dispersed in different pockets of my checked baggage. As Homer Simpson would say, "Doh!"
I did remember, however, to charge everything prior to departure and I have my spare 7200 mAh battery pack to charge my phone and tablet, so there's that.
The flight was as eventful as flying first class transatlantically could be. After a few drinks, carrot soup, goat cheese stuffed chicken, and a sundae bar (trying to make the most of good food before we hit the zone), I managed to sleep a few hours.
I am most interested in the level of military presence in the Boryspil airport in Kiev. This will be a strong indicator of any issues we may face in the zone. On my last expedition, I landed in Kiev just 2 days after Malaysian Airlines Flight #17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine.
There was an increased military presence, of course, in Boryspil and I was stopped and asked if I had a CARNET (which I typically don't get on personal projects), a helmet, and a vest (meaning bullet proof vest). It dawned on me that he thought I might be a freelance journalist heading to the region of fighting on the eastern border of Ukraine. I told him I did not possess those articles and was heading to the Chernobyl region. He looked at me for a second, then motioned for me to continue on through the exit doors.