...or, in my case, in the air again.
Re-entry into UB was a bit bumpy this time--the jet lag hit me up the side of the head. The result: I spent about 2 days as a giant Whine-y Butt. Yuk. Poor Randy. Now, it could be due to the fact I've been on 6 international flights and one domestic within the last 3 1/2 months. It's worked out to every 3 weeks within that time--plus one Mongolia-US trip on the horizon in, yes, 3 weeks! Still, no excuse for sin, hmm?
Stars or Bars? Randy says perception is reality. Do I whine and complain about the stresses and strains of this kind of travel/life or do I embrace the incredible adventures I've had for the last 7 years? My choice.
All that said and out of the way...here's some things that make me smile:
My travel buddies--my Travel Pro Walk About (#2 for me--my 1st just plain wore out. I gave it to Randy :). This is technically a carry on--but I just don't. However, it holds enough to keep me for a month, fits in Asian taxis and almost under the bed when empty. My real carry on is a little Travel Pro. It holds my laptop, the dreaded ziplock of liquids, 2 changes of tops and underwear, chargers, etc. This is a REAL carry on because it will fit under the seat with that stupid box that takes up half the foot room on some planes plus leaves room for my feet. Don't ask me how I know this--trust that experience is talking here. Letting the airline check it for you often results in the carry on going somewhere that you are not. Lastly, my Daytimer flight bag. Very compartmentalized. We have traveled together so much that I know where everything is long after the brain cells have turned to mush on 30-hour trips. Boarding passes. Passport. Hand lotion. iPod. Phone. Snaks. All in the same place all the time. Plus, it sits upright and snug under the seat. No slouching, no digging.
Then, there are some things here in UB that I appreciate lots:
Whew! Quite the wordy blog. Well, time to be off into the markets and put my Monglish language skills to use :) Bayarla!