Need a ride from the airport? You probably don’t know this, but on the way to pick you up, I get into the international lane and stay there as long as I can before I dart over to the lane that spills into the domestic pick-up line. For that brief moment, I imagine my next destination just over the horizon. I love, love, love new places and faces. I love the history, the lessons and the lives I cross on my journey, collecting stories and making them mine. Travelling makes you smart and aware just how small a piece we really are in the greatness of creation.
Next stop: Singapore. Straight. Yes, that’s nearly 17h20m, 8,446 miles one way. The world’s longest flight in a Dreamliner. We’re so excited! After unraveling the mysteries of Singapore, we’re off to see the concrete-constructed wonder, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur (amongst other cool sites) and finally off to the Island of Java. Malaria. Check. Typhoid. Check. Dengue fever. Uh, Well, between that and the Arabs getting their knickers in a twist over Jerusalem, “you can’t always get what you want.” Wheels up for adventure. Here we go. (Image, left, is an old and operating coffee plantation in the rain forest and the view from our accommodations).
Hand in hand, we travel the globe with kindred spirits and adventurous hearts. We’ve probably been there, together or apart: 6 of the 7 continents (and you know which one we’re missing because traveling to the ice bin of the world’s freezer takes a coat we don’t yet have). Still, we are so very excited about heading into this chapter of our lives, and this most amazing moment in time. The kids all have their own growing families. The next-gen grandkids presently number 6 with number 7 due to arrive in spring. We are rich beyond measure. From RV trips to Disney with the grands to an ultra-long haul in a Dreamliner, we are ready and giddy with excitement. Are we there yet?