D Day is finally here!
So today I finally get on that Emirates plane on my way home to the motherland, a place I have not visited in four years. Now to many people, this isn’t a long time but to me it is way too long to be away from family and friends especially when you come from a huge close knit family.
I am both excited and dreading the trip. Excited because I get to see my people again, I get to eat my food again and overall just be home. I am dreading the trip because yesterday, I came down with an ear infection and my throat doesn’t feel too good.
The ear infection is the worst and to add flying on top of it is pretty much like adding salt to injury. So I am dreading it. The first leg of the flight is 13 hours long. My only consolation at this point is my ability to fall asleep on planes and I am counting on this to get me through it. I am also taking antibiotics which prevent me from drinking my head off if sleep eludes me. My usual loud blaring music in my headphones is a non starter too so good old fashioned reading might kick in at some point (provided I am unable to sleep and need something to take the edge off).
My stop over is in Dubai and I am excited about that because I get to spend a night there. I have never been to Dubai and this should give me a little idea of what the place is like and if I would like to make it my vacation spot one of these days (when my job decides to pay me more or I get a higher paying job-whichever one comes first).
Last part of my trip is roughly seven hours and thirty minutes. I have been back and forth between the USA and Zambia for a while now so I am kind of used to the length of the trip. It was more daunting the first time around. I am now a veteran of long distance traveling. Yay me!
I finally get to meet my nephew who was born a couple of months after I left Zambia in 2011. I only have pictures of him and speak over the phone. I’m so excited about meeting him. I get to spoil him rotten in person. My sister will hate me for it but he is my only nephew (from my siblings) so he gets all the love. For now.
Also, I get to see friends I haven’t seen in ages!! It will also be kind of weird to meet friends in person that I met online (kind of makes me nervous) which I shouldn’t be especially because I feel like I have known some of them for years (and also because I participate in online dating). And then there are friends who were once close to me but are now pretty much people I used to know. This should be awkward! Also, awkward is my middle name so this really should be par for the course.
Can you tell I’m excited? Yeah, me either.