It hits some people harder than others. I have now resigned myself to the fact that jet lag will always hit me full on, debilitate any normalcy in my rhythm, gnaw at my hunger, swirl my nauseous stomach, set my anxiety on high alert, and turn me into a complete zombie. Sigh. The good news is the kids bounce back from it like they just took a walk in the park.
Our day started out at 4am in a hotel by the airport. By 4:30 we were in the shuttle bus and by 6 am we were on our first flight to Seattle. The ride was turbulent and my boys revolted to the early morning motion by getting good use from their complimentary puke bags.
We had 7 1/2 hours in the Seattle airport waiting for our next flight. Sure, we could have left the airport but we were underdressed and overtired. Better, we thought, to enjoy a latte and watch some movies. It seemed like we were there all day. Oh Wait! We were!
Then came the long haul flight to Hong Kong. Thirteen hours. The kids did marvellously. They watched movies and then they slept. Oh to be small and be able to curl up in an airplane seat to sleep instead of having your head loll around like one of those wobbly head dogs on a dashboard! Mike and I barely slept a wink. But the food was good!
Last time we flew to Hong Kong we had an apartment rented in Kowloon. This time we knew we would be too tired to make the trek into the city and since we were flying out the next morning we decided to pull out the big bucks to stay at the Regal Airport Hotel. Yes my friends, you too can stay at the Hong Kong Airport for only $220 a night! Our room was pretty average and smelled musty but we were so happy to flop down on those beds!
But then my anxiety kicked in, just as it did last time we flew to Hong Kong. Laying in bed I cycled through all the terrible ‘what ifs’. Insomnia ensued. The last time I looked at the clock it was 1:30 am and by 4:30 am my family was awake and rested while I was teary with tiredness.
I’m sure I sound really whiny right now. I do. I am! But I just wanted to share the hard parts of travel. Cause sometimes, man it’s hard!
This morning we flew from Hong Kong to Chiang Mai, Thailand. An easy two hour flight where we were blessed by the travel gods to have two empty seats in our row! Yay for laying down on a plane in economy!
We were picked up at the airport by our dear and generous friend Neil. I tell you, it is SO nice to know that there is someone on the ground who is waiting there for you and is excited for your visit.
We are now fed and settling into our new apartment. We found this place on the internet and had our friend Lauren come and check it out for us. After her stamp of approval we felt comfortable enough to book it sight unseen and I must say we are very happy with it so far. The bags are unpacked and we are sitting back and enjoying the feeling of being settled for awhile!
It feels good to be back in Chiang Mai!