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Well, I ran out of time to post anymore before we left. The last few days were busy since we not only had to pack but also had to prepare our home for our time away. I was fighting the family cold all week but finally crashed when we were on the plane. I like to try to fight most illnesses naturally but decided to start a round of antibiotics after still feeling pretty miserable our first couple of days here. We have made plans to see so many people on our short trip that I can’t afford to be sick or share it with anyone else.
Traveling went well and all our flights were on time. The time passed quickly on the long 12-hour flight because I watched 3 movies! Since my husband’s toe is broken, he was in a wheelchair and this allowed us to skip all the lines in the airports and board first. It was very nice but felt like we were cheating. Though, he did have a legitimate excuse. Eva Air & United Airlines were also very accommodating to his injury and gave us seats with more leg room. We were so thankful!
Home Sweet Home
Going through customs and entering back into the U.S. kind of felt like a dream. I could have cried when the customs officer said welcome home. It’s a strange thing living away from your home country. This will always be my home, yet, the longer I’m away in Thailand, it also feels like home. Our hearts are torn by these two countries that are worlds apart.
Upon arriving in America, we instantly noticed the noise level and business of the American airports. At one point we had to contact the United Airlines desk to see if they could give us seats with more leg room. While the man was checking to see if he could switch our seats, he apologized that it was taking a little bit of time. I didn’t even notice as it’s not like I had anywhere else to be. Everything just takes longer where we live and I didn’t realize how slow paced our life has become.
Our first meal back was Mexican food. It was very delicious but we were pretty shocked at the price and decided to share since the portion sizes are much larger anyway. When we saw the cost of water, we opted to just fill up my water bottle at a filling station (a water bottle in Thailand is 30 cents). Prices have changed a lot since we were here 2 1/2 years ago!
Embarrassing Family Traditions and Midnight Snacks
After 24 hours of travel, we were so thankful to finally arrive in Colorado. My parents have a tradition of embarrassing the family member who is arriving by wearing something ridiculous. This time it was pirate hats. We didn’t get a picture but that’s probably for the best! Thankfully, I don’t think many people noticed since most of the population looks at their phones while walking around!
We arrived at my parent’s house around 12:15 am after first stopping at the grocery store. Since the store was closing we had to hurry to make our purchases. My husband grabbed some cereal and I wanted garlic stuffed olives (something we can never find GF in Thailand). We had a midnight snack of cereal, olives, and hummus. I think we were extra hungry since it was lunch time for us. Jet lag is no joke!
Fall is here!
In the coming days, we look forward to not only seeing our friends and family but also playing disc golf. It’s so nice to experience cooler weather and start to smell the scents of fall. I plan on eating pumpkin spice everything while we’re here!
I hope you all are having a great week! If you haven’t ever tried disc golf you should give it a go (as my Aussie friends would say)!