The annoying thing about having a lot of luggage is that you have to carry it. The checked stuff is fine – I’ll have a ride to the airport, and then a ride back from the airport in Norway, and I (hopefully) won’t have to worry about my suitcases until I have to open them again at home. Having heavy carry-ons, however, is a drag – especially when you have six hours to kill at an airport. I imagine I will try to find a restaurant of sorts, and sit there with my books and my laptop most of the time. It might give me a chance of getting a head start on my NaNo challenge (which I don’t consider cheating at all, since I’m missing all of November 1st, so this is just making up for future lost time). Thus, if you happen to be at Newark International Airport today between 2pm and 8pm, spotting a person with too much to carry, frantically trying to type while ripping out her hair and chewing motion sickness pills – chances are it’s me. Say hi, will you?
Once again I am not looking forward to the flights (especially the long one), but I’ll drug myself to oblivion, and there is free movies on board, so all things considered, it shouldn’t be too bad. And when I step off the plane on Norwegian soil once more (promising myself never to fly again, no doubt), I shall be very happy to see my family (waiting at the gate, naturellement) and to speak my language (if I still remember how) and to not have to worry about a thing for a few days (overhanging novel writing challenge not counted).
Now, I bid my goodbyes – I’ve had an absolutely amazing time in the U.S., and I’m looking forward to coming back someday (assuming I’m willing to get on a plane). Next time I tune in on this blog, it will be from Kongsvinger, Norway (I’m sure you’re all super-excited…)
The above picture, to be found at www.onemilliongiraffes.com, sums up the D.C. part of my stay pretty well