Made ItPosted: August 26, 2010
Three flights and 32 hours after rolling into the Chattanooga airport, we’ve arrived in our new home.
Overall the travel was relatively smooth, although I doubt this marathon day will ever make into onto anyone’s list of favorite things. It speaks to the exhaustion (mentally and emotionally from farewells, and physically from moving and travels) with which we entered the day as Michael and I both sank into our plane seats with a sense of sadness tinged with relief knowing there was nothing left to wrap up in Chattanooga.
-Thumbs up: exit aisle seating for the 13-hour flight.
-Thumbs up: the new terminal for international arrival.
-Thumbs down: forgetting how to say “french fries” in Mandarin at the 24-hour McDonald’s (of course) where we grabbed a midnight snack after disembarking.
-Thumbs down: trying to sleep in upright chairs during our nine-hour, overnight layover in the capital airport as workers renovated (imagine all the construction noises that come along with that) our terminal.
-Thumbs up: the enterprising airport worker who found us (trying to) sleep at 2.30 AM and took us to a closed restaurant where we could sprawl out and sleep on the unused booth seating. Surprisingly comfortable, in case you ever need to do the same.
-Thumbs up: paying the same rate for this “hotel in a restaurant” as the nationals snoring in the booths alongside us.
-Thumbs down: jet lag.
Right now we’re working on beginning the settling in process–our apartment looks as if a bomb recently exploded, leaving assorted shoes, clothes, and household items scattered about. Everything will get done–one day–all in good time.