One of my biggest gripes about long haul flights is that I cannot sleep on board an aircraft! At all! I wonder how many of you readers encounter the same problem I have?? No matter how hard I try (I put on blinders, use ear plugs, recline the seat, etc.) I simply cannot nod off to sleep. The result is that these terribly long international flights become rather debilitating for me. I usually arrive very tired! Fortunately, after a good night’s rest, I am usually “go to go” for the remainder of my onward journey. Someone once said that “getting there is half the fun”. Well, to that all I can say is “Baloney”!!! For me, the fun only starts AFTER I arrive, get some badly needed rest and THEN I can start to enjoy myself in my new surroundings.
Sometimes I find myself sharing the thoughts of a fellow blogger, Cheryl, who writes in her blog, Confessions of a Twenty Something Year Old, the following passage which I shall repeat here (if that’s OK with you, Cheryl?):
“Being an expat rules. Granted, I pretty much live out of a suitcase all year round, spend more time in hotels than hookers, experience food poisoning more times than I care to, and can never really buy anything new because having an overweight suitcase at the airport is just a huge pain in my ass, and not worth the struggle at all; but for the most part, it’s awesome. Who doesn’t love traveling, learning new things, eating new foods, getting kicked by donkeys …
But the best part about being an Expat is the opportunity to meet people…”
But, I must confess, although these overseas flights and all the associated hassles may not be that truly “awesome”, being able to travel around to new places is a definite bonus to my life. (Not counting the jet lag, separation from home, family and friends, etc, etc, etc.)
Ah well, off I go again …. Wish me luck and a smooth and on-time journey!!!!