My flight to the Middle East

I just found an old journal that I had started to keep from back in 2009.  It’s kind of funny looking back at it now. A couple of pages from my journal reads…………………..

Thursday March 12, 2009   @ 1:45 PM 
Okay it’s official,  I am now on vacation.  I’m sitting in JFK Airport with Susie killing some time until my next flight is ready.  I’m writing in my new journal Susie gave me as my birthday present. I left the house around 5:30 AM this morning feeling like I was forgetting something.  That’s not a good sign.  Oh well.  I’m going with $587 in cash and really hoping to return with some.  So far my first two flights were good.  I hope the next two will be also.
5:15 PM
I just bought a 20 oz Mountain Dew for $2.85.  Good God. I’m sitting at the Egypt Air gate @ JFK with my group I will be traveling with. I’m really worried about Gus.  I’m praying  and hoping Kari has taken him out by now.  Susie just got me The Shack to read.  I don’t know if I’ll get the chance to read it though because I’m loving this new journal.  I hope I didn’t forget to do too much at home. I’m sitting next to Tina,  my new roommate for the trip.  She is from St. Louis originally but currently living in Chicago.  She works for American Airlines as a flight attendant.
7:45 PM, I think
Yes,  I’m wearing a watch and I’m not sure what time it is.  Susie and Tina have been picking on me because I set up the time on my watch before I left the house this morning for Egypt time.   We are now in flight from New York to Egypt.  The take off was awful.  I felt like I was going to vomit.  There’s a lot of turbulence right now making it hard to write. Susie  is sitting directly in front of me and thankfully no one is next to me.  This is a huge plane. I have  never been on one like this before. Some dude from the Middle East is sitting in my row that said he was in the States visiting his daughter.  I could hardly understand him so I ended our conversation.
This is so freaking exciting.  I bought some little generic Ked tennis shoes with no backs.  You know  the kind like mules?  And I already have a blister on my heel.  My heel! How the hell do you get a blister on your heel wearing backless shoes?!  Weird. My legs are sore, feet are tired and I’m not even there yet. But the thing is that I’m not whining out loud.  Jim would be so proud.  My legs hurt from dashing in the Atlanta airport.  They changed my gate and I didn’t realize it until 10 minutes before take off and then I ended up being on a whole different concourse.  But I made it!  See Susie,  I could be on The Amazing Race. LOL. International flights are so cool. Right now I’m watching the Duchess,  a movie.  They will be playing two more movies on this flight,  High School Musical III and The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants.  These ear plugs are killing me though.
I just got done eating dinner.  It was a vegetable medley,  a salad,  chicken breast, noodles and some kind of weird Middle Eastern gravy,  rolls,  cheese, crackers and cheese cake.  I actually ate it. Strange  I know. Ever since I boarded this plane it has felt like I was already in Egypt.  The crew is all Middle Eastern looking, there’s Egyptian literature,  music,  etc. This all is so interesting and I’m taking everything in.  This is the first time in my life I don’t even want to go to sleep. Flight attendants role these carts down the aisle selling jewelry and other gifts.  I have a blanket, pillow and  a little gift pouch they gave me.  The seats recline here better than on a domestic flight.  Susie gathered a great group of people for this trip.  I can tell already that I’m going to love this.  There’s only one guy in our group. His name is Apollo and he’s been traveling with Susie for many years.  He’s sitting right across the aisle from me.  The only ones in the group of 17 that I remember by name besides Apollo are Jo, Phyllis,  Tina and Nancy. Everyone has been very nice so far.
The guy sitting next to Tina is cute.  He looks American.  Too bad he’s not in our group.  LOL.  On that cart I mentioned earlier I just noticed it also has HUGE carton of cigarettes, cologne,  toys and  all kinds of miscellaneous stuff.  Lots of Middle Eastern looking people seem to be buying the big cartons of cigarettes. Oh man,  I’m totally grossed out right now.  The Middle Eastern dude who is sitting two seats over from me was sleeping & coughed and some fluid landed on my arm! Disgusting! Yuck! Gross! Sweet Jesus!  Susie gave up her little wet one sanitary nap for me.  Thank God she did  since there seems to be a line at all the bathrooms. We have just come to realize that they don’t sell alcohol on this flight.  So all that flirting Susie did with the flight attendant was useless.  I haven’t been to the bathroom yet on this plane and it would be fine with me if I don’t. I’m afraid that I won’t fit in there. I did get up and walk around,  barefoot. That’s kind of  an odd thing for me because I so rarely ever go barefoot,  not even at home. But my feet were hurting that bad.
I still have a weird lump in my throat and we’ve been flying for probably five hours already.  Hopefully it’ll go away at some point.  It’s not like a sore throat but like I’m going to heave.  I wonder if Wesley is missing me.  I wonder if my Mr. Big does too.  Probably not since I just left. But I know Gus does.  Well I just had my first airplane bathroom experience.  I did not enjoy it but I did wear shoes in there and washed my arm.  We are about an hour and a half from landing in Cairo, Egypt now and I just had to go to the bathroom for a second time.  Yes me, who can hold it forever. I had to go in the airplane bathroom from hell and had a bad experience. Yuck.
8:45 AM 
The sun is out and I still have blisters on my feet and my legs hurt.  I have been up for over 24 hrs. I can’t wait to get off this plane. They are passing out breakfast now.  Let’s see what’s in store for me…
Breakfast was uneventful.  a roll,  croissant,  butter,  cheese,  yogurt and juice . The guy sitting next to Susie is kind of creepy looking.  As Kathryn would say,  he’s a creeper.  Less than an hour until we land and I can’t wait.  But we have to get on another plane to go to Jordan.   I pray and hope my two pieces of checked luggage  are not lost in the Middle East.
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6:05 PM
Wow,  what a day! Entering into Cairo International Airport was so different and scary and exciting.  I been awake so long and my ankles have swelled up outrageously.  I guess sitting on the plane that long does that. Egyptian Airport people  gave us a free afternoon tour of Cairo and lunch during our layover.  We weren’t expecting it so it was a nice surprise.  I saw three pyramids and lots of locals.  I could only take a few pictures though because her van hardly ever slow down.  They drive with no regard to speed limits or traffic  laws. It was amazing that I did not witness one accident.  The locals love to have their picture taken.  I was not crazy about our complementary lunch.  It was some bread that you dipped in peanut oil or something and mixed veggies,  rice and probably three different kinds of meats.  The restroom was clean but you had to reach your hand into a hole in the wall to flush the toilet.
We finally boarded the plane to Jordan.  I can’t wait to get to my hotel room.  The girl who sat next to me on this  plane was from Jordan and had a little baby with her.  She was very pretty and she answered the hundred questions that I asked her about Jordan. Arriving in Amman was so much easier than Egypt.

1 Comment

  1. Susie

    Oh my gosh, Nanette. Fabulous post! Thank you for writing this all down. Really a wonderful re- telling of the experience. I giggled so much. It made me feel like it was all happening again! Loved reading it and so love you!
    Wish you were coming to. Greece with us!
    Start saving for next year!


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