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!!!!