So today we woke up too late to take the tour I wanted, and didn’t get to eat breakfast at the place I hoped to, got lost on the island we did end up going to, and then the beach we wanted to visit there was impassable because of the waves.
And so what did happen instead?
I enjoyed my first Thai massage, courtesy of the guy sitting behind me on the plane on the way to Bangkok.
We left the house a few hours before our flight (who likes to be rushed? Not I, said the girl with a Xanax prescription) so we were happy to arrive well in advance of our boarding time. We had some United club passes we were excited to use. Never having been in a private airline club, I was expecting something glamorous like your own personal sommelier! white linen tablecloths! and Frank Sinatra entertaining us all! … but I was only welcomed by complimentary conference rooms and Coca-Cola. No harm no foul, so we grabbed a window seat and some nibbly bits, and plugged up all our devices.
John has traveled a lot and is a fantastic, cool-headed flyer. I, on the other hand, can only survive this ‘running of the gauntlet’ with a sleep mask and the right amount of a doctor prescribed narcotic. (I think this stems from the time I was traveling for work in my 20s and was seated near 2 Air Marshals and the man they were extraditing. Good times!)
And the packing has begun! Traveling 31 days and packing just 1 bag. After 3 tries of configuring and reconfiguring, I got it all to fit. Not bad!
So we finally finished all of the inoculations needed for Zimbabwe! Besides all the basics like chickenpox, measles, and the like, we had to get our bases covered from the more exotic diseases like Typhoid, Malaria, and HepA. Typhoid is an immunization, and you just take 4 pills 6 weeks prior to your departure. But at $100, is is not cheap! But I suppose that is a small price to pay to not lose your hair from the high fever, and to keep paranoid psychosis at bay. Let’s keep the crazy to a minimum, shall we?
Hi! I’m Jolyn and my husband’s name is John. We are taking the biggest trip of our life! We are starting off in Thailand, traveling to South Africa and then finishing in Zimbabwe. (Zimbabwe? Yes!) For our honeymoon we went to Greece for two weeks, then last year we went to Hawaii for three weeks, now we are planning to travel for a month… So perhaps we are slowly working ourselves up to a permanent vacation! Follow along with us, let us know what’s happening back home and feel free to comment on my blatant misuse of Oxford commas and my inevitable dangling participles (there will be many!)
Hugs, John and Jolyn
P.S. A big shout out to our 4 ex-marines that are house sitting! They are down to only 2 pit bulls, so they have plenty of time to watch Home Alone and perfect their boiling-oil-over-the-door booby trap. Keep up the good work, guys!