Saturday, 7/7/12 – Sunday, 8/7/12
The trip home started out okay, with a fond goodbye to our program guru Curra, but it soon got really terrible.
Travel wasn’t supposed to take this long. This trip was supposed to be OVER so much sooner! But it’s not. I got stuck in the Dallas airport for a night due to weather nonsense. I feel like some moments in travel are terrible but funny later on, but this is definitely not one of them. Too many babies crying, too much waiting, excessive teenager PDA by this one couple at half past midnight, a night to spend in this airport, topped off by the terrible advice to not sleep on the plane. For anyone reading this, when you travel, sleep on the plane. Whenever you can really, because you never know what planes will have problems when.
What a miserable experience! I felt a little safe sleeping in the gate surrounded by other people, but I really do see an area for improvement in the area of airline travel. This sucks! Especially for the parents with little kids. Then they go and switch the gates on us again and again, tell us there are part repairs needed. There’s really no way to romanticize it. I can only hope it gets better over time.
The best thing to do in my mind is have some music in your head or with you. Since I didn’t have a music player, I kept songs in my head. Soothing songs, like Shane Mack’s “Take the Long Way Home.”
I probably had some other song in my head, different ones at different times, but anything helps.
What a way to end the trip! Well, what have we learned kids? Don’t travel internationally? All I know is that it would have been better to travel in at least groups of two, so you could switch off if someone wanted to buy food or go to the bathroom. Solo travel is seriously the pits. All this negativity aside though, you have to simply get over the bad things. Take your experience and don’t forget the bad things that happen, but realize that there are lots of things you simply can’t help, and if anything these are things you can appreciate about your life back home.
With all of that, it’s good to be back. Good to be home. Just good good good, all around.