17 hours of travel is brutal. There’s no doubt about it. But there are sometimes things that make a long trip a bit longer…here is my list of things that made 17 hours seem like 27:
-Airline worker trying to shame us for not checking into the domestic leg of our trip 3 hours in advance.
-Terrible food at Chicago O’hare…
-I ‘got’ to sit next to another bigger guy on our 7.5 hour flight…not fun rubbing shoulders and elbows with another man for such a long time. At least Mark was cool, he did ask me on a second date
-The kid behind me screamed almost the entire time…and kicked my seat…poor parents
-My ipod hold button wasn’t working and my ipod would suddenly turn up really loud if I accidently hit it wrong
-Almost every time I went to the bathroom we hit turbulence and I had to do the balancing act!
-More terrible food on the plane
-The audio jack in my seat wasn’t working…so no movies for me…they were even showing Twilight and I missed it
-On our last flight, the plane was acting funny before takeoff…like flickering lights and weird noises. Despite being reassured by the flight attendant that it was ‘normal’ it still scared the heck out of us. Nothing is better than kind of wondering if you are going to die. I was reading a book about resurrection, heaven, and the afterlife…I almost felt like God was preparing me for what was to come!
Ok…enough of the complain-fest…despite all of this we did have the best trip with Maisie we’ve ever had! The flights went by fast and I got to do a lot of reading. Our friends Zac and Mike picked us up from the airport and gave us a nice (and helpful) welcome back! It’s great to be in Europe and I’m so thankful to be here again. Lisbon is beautiful…and we can see the ocean from our room. We’re getting some family time before our conference starts this week too. We really have so much to be thankful for!
After getting some rest tonight we’re going to go into Lisbon to see the city and do some touristy things. Hopefully we’ll be able to sleep through the night and wake up refreshed and ready to go! At least I won’t be having to rub shoulders with a man while trying to sleep tonight!