One month from today I will be on a flight to India. It hardly seems possible and I can honestly say, at this point in time I am not feeling too anxious. This calmness is not due to the fact that I have everything done and am ready to go, I still have a LARGE “to do list” of things that will need to be under control before I head out. But God has been SO gracious in helping me see His hand in all of it. I have never had a doubt this is exactly what He has for me at this point in time. I am sure as the time gets closer, I will have a couple of sleepless nights. The actual flight will be a challenge for me. I am not exactly thrilled to fly. I fly out of necessity not for pleasure. I would much rather sit in a plane for 4 hours then to drive a car for two days. I will have three legs to my flight in July. The first is from Eppley Airfield in Omaha to Los Angeles. I will spend eight hours in LAX before boarding the plane to Abu Dhabi. The second flight will be slightly longer… it will take 16 hours to get to the airport in the Arab Emirates. The last flight will tale me directly to Thiruvananthapuram. I hear they have a beautiful international airport but I am sure my mind will not be registering much about it since I will have been traveling for approximately 33 hours. I’ll have to take a picture or two, just so I remember it.
I will be flying American Airlines and then from L.A. for the rest of the trip I will be on Etihad Airways. Call me lame but I signed up and paid extra money to ensure an exit row on the long flight to Abu Dhabi. I realize I am not super tall but this 6 foot 2 body gets a little cramped in an airplane. I have traveled to Europe three times with the Southeast Community College Chorus. I never worried about seating on those flights because being the director of the group and sponsor, I simply looked for one of the students who was shorter and got an isle seat or one with more room and graciously traded my seat for theirs. I know, I know, pretty lame but shouldn’t being responsible for 20 college students have some perks? Since I will traveling alone, I don’t see this as a viable option.
My next post is going to be about a movie set in India that was recommended to me. It’s on Netflix so if you want to try and search it out and guess which movie I am talking about, be my guest. Here’s a hint: It’s not “Jungle Book.”
Until next time!
This blog will journal my experiences as I prepare to go overseas this July and teach at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India.