Leaving on a Jet Plane

Tomorrow is the DAY. In just over 24 hours we will be boarding a plane in Minnesota on our way to Amsterdam.

Even bright an early at 8:30 am the excitement in Hitchcock 205 is undeniable.  The quiet of unfamiliarity that filled the room on Monday morning was just a distance memory today.  Noone could sit still and noone could be quiet.  Friendly chatter echoed in the small room.  

Through this chaos Dr. O’keefe made the mistake of telling us it was 24 hours from our flight so we would be able to check in… this lead to 20 minutes of even more chaos where people were checking in, while others weren’t allowed to check in yet, and tweeting to Delta assist to get better seats.

 While I was picking my seats I got to thinking, on these long flights where the lay out of the plane is two seats on the side of the plane and then 5 seats in the middle where is the best to sit?? 

Obviously the 5 row of seats is out.  Even if you have an aisle seat there are 3 or 4 people trying to get past you where as if you get a sit in just the 2 seat rows there is only one other person.  So do you want the aisle or window seat? 

Isle pros:

Easy access to get out to stand up or go to the bathroom.

More leg room (not needed here) 

Window pros:

 Rest your head on the side of the wall

Can look out to see everything

In the end, aisle seat won out… mostly because my deep seated uneasiness of making someone go out of their way to help me… even if it is just putting their tray up so I can scoot past.  

So I settled on buying a ridiculously large neck pillow to compensate for the lack of wall and will enjoy my quick escape out of the row.  


10 hours till we leave.  So nervous.  But so excited.  🙂


Here’s to about 24 hours of being on a plane.

There are only two emotions in a plane:  boredom and terror.  ~Orson Welles

And here is to 2 weeks of a whirlwind adventure

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

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