Almost Thereeeee

Why hello friends! We arrived safely in Dubai this morning and in a few short hours, I will be on the final leg of my flight halfway around the world. So very bizarre. Yesterday afternoon, no two days ago I think. Monday? I’m really not sure what day it is at this point. Anywho, on Monday afternoon we began our adventure. We flew from Corpus Christi to Houston and from Houston to Dubai.

Anywho,18 real hours later, here we are.We flew on the Emirates airline from Houston and it was amazing. Obviously, we sat in peasant class, but it was still nicer than the one time I got to sit in first class on another airline because they were oversold. I will definitely make sure I have a layover in Dubai the next time I fly up to Dallas. They even have a red carpet so you can easily identify the rich people.

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So fancy. The rest of us had to wait in the regular ol’ line with the other plebians.

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We were given a hot towel while we waited for the plane to take off. I really had no idea what to do with it. Is it for my hands? My face? I eventually got that figured out with some assistance and we were off. I enjoyed a pretty delicious chicken dinner.

I initially planned to get something a little more exciting, but figured that a 14 hour plane ride wasn’t the best time to start taking dietary chances. I even found something with my stripper name on it:

Perhaps the most exciting part of of the entire ride was when we realized that the booze was free. FREE. Even the hard stuff. You would have thought the flight attendant had offered us a bag a gold.

Even though drinking alcohol is not recommended for avoiding jet lag and staying hydrated while above the earth, we couldn’t waste an open bar opportunity.

While enjoying my drinks (s), I watched many many movies. There were so many choices, I couldn’t believe it. I watched The Words, Moonrise Kingdom, The Amazing Spider-Man, Pitch Perfect, and Total Recall. Well, I started Total Recall, but turned it off. That movie was not good. I also watched the classic Christmas favorite, hairy man knuckles.

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Did you see that one? It’s pretty monotonous. I had a lot of trouble sleeping (as most people do when trapped in a flying box with hundreds of strangers). I eventually gave up and and just took an Ambien. After about six hours of excessive restlessness and horrifying dreams, I woke up just in time for breakfast.

I’m not sure what that is (some sort of potato pancake situation), but it was very good. I spent the last couple of hours drinking tea and watching out the window as we flew over the Middle East. It’s so depressing how little of the world I’ve seen. Sooooooo depressing.

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Since arrival, we’ve spent the past few hours milling around the airport in Dubai. It’s quite impressive. It makes me all kinds of sad we can’t leave the airport, but I’m not sure poor people are allowed into the city anyway. I think I will save up for about 20 years and come back and see if they will let me in. It looks so fun. Also, they have Reese’s. So, I can visit.

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Now we are waiting for our last flight to India. We land at 4:30 am on Wednesday morning (it might be still Tuesday, I’m not sure), which is 5 in the afternoon for my parents on Tuesday. Positively mind-boggling. Also, I have to learn military time (or 24-hour time as it is known outside of America). Thankfully, my sister gave me this super spiffy watch for Christmas that has the little numbers for the 24 hour clock. That should prevent me from having to do math, which is always welcome.

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Thanks Sari, you are a life saver. Anyway, I’m just haggard looking and hanging out in the most fabulous airport on earth. I have the good sense to be mildly embarrassed by the state of things. I guess it’s a good thing my mom gifted me with some under-eye concealer because “you know how bad people start to look when they are tired.” Probably going to need that. See y’all in India!

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33 Responses to Almost Thereeeee

  1. Rache

    Dang that breakfast looks good!! That is one LONG journey: so worth it :) See you at around eighteen hundred hours then. ;)

  2. Ly

    Looks like your trip is going well so far. That 24 hour watch is brilliant! I’ve got to track it down as I’m constantly afraid I’m subtracting wrong and will miss a meeting or a flight :)

  3. Sounds like the longest/toughest leg is over. And you would have been crazy to turn down free booze on a flight. Usually those drinks are $7 a pop!

    The Kidless Kronicles

  4. I got that watch for Christmas, too! Only different colored band. Love it.
    Glad your journey has been safe and alcohol-lubricated so far :)

  5. Rachel

    You survived the worst part – way to go. I’m super excited for you! Keep us updated :-)

  6. Justin

    I only walk on red carpets…

  7. Michelle D

    A layover in Dubai…how fabulous. I’m pretty sure I’d lose my mind if I had to be on a plane that long. I flew across the US last week and that was enough for me. Maybe it’s because I was watching Pitch Perfect. That’s a pretty awful flick.

  8. Emirates is amazing. I have flown in all the classes and they put the other airlines to shame (except maybe Virgin, their economy is pretty nice). I can’t believe you didn’t know the alcohol was FREE. International flights always hook it up big time. At least it was a surprise. How crazy busy is Dubai airport? I always feel overwhelmed there. It’s HUGE…gates for days. One time my gate was so far away they suggested 45 minutes to get there…..and they were correct.

  9. Pattie

    I am so happy you are blogging along your trip! I was worried I would be without your wit for a while – have a fun trip!!

  10. Daisy

    Yay!!! Congratulations on surviving the first leg!!! I’m curious to hear what you thought about “The Words”. I am in love with Bradley Cooper but heard it was terrible. Moonrise Kingdom was freakin adorable, I loved watching Edward Norton play a dorky scout camp leader, he was hilarious. Have a great remainder of your trip!

  11. Karla O'Connell

    So fun! This morning I text’d my gf and said “Cely’s on her way to India -you need to go read the blog it’s hilarious today!” How weird is it that you’re a household name to strangers in Indiana lol. I swear we’re normal. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  12. Katie

    I spy Tillamook cheese on your dinner plate!! My all time favorite coming from a girl that is from Oregon :) Plus, I can’t believe the alcohol is FREE! I need to fly to Dubai now.

  13. Have a fantastic trip!! :)

  14. Laressa

    I’m so excited for you! But Ambien sleep on a plane, you poor thing. You probably don’t even know you wrote this update :)
    Cool watch. Can’t wait to hear more.

  15. That airline sounds a lot nicer than any I’ve ever flown. Free booze? Wow.

    How was The Words? I almost rented it the other night but then we watched Ted again for the 3rd time.

    Have a great “last leg”!

  16. Laura was Undeterrable

    My husband used to make fun of me when my phone was on military time (even though he was military). I told him it was so I could avoid those pesky am/pm things when setting alarms.

    I got my revenge by having my alarm be “I’m ready to paaaartyyyy.” I assure you it’s quite jarring at 5 AM. You’re welcome, sweetie. Don’t make fun of me again.

    Best $.99 ever.

    Have fun!

  17. Miriam

    I have a silly love for airports. There is something about airports that calls “freedom”, it’s like been in between two countries. That said, I sense freedom even when I’m not going anywhere, by been in an airport, like when I go to drop or pick people up! :)

    It’s also fascinating for people watching. Especially when you travel alone or have a long wait in between flight. Very entertaining ;)

  18. Frieda

    Is it really uncommon to use 24h tim?

  19. Sonja

    You already know that time zones confuse me. I just don’t understand how it can be a totally different DAY in other parts of the world. “It can’t be Tuesday at your house; it’s still Monday at mine.” How do you know when shows are on?? The people in charge of figuring all of that our are GENIUSES. Like, if I was advertising that General Hospital is on, I’d have to be all, “8/7 central/Tuesday in Dubai/2300 in Japan.” My mind doesn’t work like that. I am not worldly. I’ll stick to MN and Fargo :) I bet the rest of the planet is pleased ;)

  20. International airlines are THE best. The best i’ve been on is AirBerlin. Free booze, food and omg so amazing

  21. Tess

    We’ve been military for far too long. It’s 24 hour time for me forever. You’re okay. Cool watch…

  22. How exciting! I hope you have a lot of Internet access , because I dont want to miss a minute of your trip!

  23. Glad you are having a safe trip!! Are you just going to keep the hot towel secret to yourself?!? Rude!

  24. I loooved Pitch Perfect. Not as good as Hairy Man Knuckles though. That is a classic that will stand the test of time.

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