A Brand New Journey

In case you have forgotten, I’d like to mention one more time that I’m going to AFRICA on Saturday. I’m really getting excited now. One more full day of work and then we’re off.

I was telling Val yesterday that this trip seems really strange. In the last 4 years I’ve flown from LA to Sydney and back again probably 12 or 13 times. I know the flight well. I know the exact desk I need to go to for check-in. I know the gate I fly out of- it’s always gate 8 or 9. I know all about the extra security procedures at gate 8 and 9. I know the exact length of the flights. I know how many movies I can watch. I know that if I try to start a movie right when they are serving breakfast, I won’t get to watch the entire thing because the entertainment system will shut down before it ends. I know the usual flight numbers I might have (QF 12, QF 8, etc.) I know that my flight will always leave around 11 or 1 (or possibly 3 depending on daylight savings). I can estimate the weight of my heavy bags and even when they are CRAMMED full, I know they will still be under the maximum weight. I know I will usually arrive around 6:30 or 8:30 am in LA. I can calculate the time zone difference in 1.2 seconds.


I know NOTHING about our flight to South Africa and it’s a weird feeling. All I am aware of is that we leave around 10:30am. I have no idea how long the flight is. I don’t know when we arrive. I don’t know exactly how many hours behind they are. I am basically putting all my faith and trust in Andrew to tell me where to go and when to be there. It’s such a strange feeling to be flying on a long international flight that is heading AWAY from LA. It’s strange and very exciting at the same time.

In two days I will show up to the airport and board our plane at a different gate. I will fly over the Indian Ocean for the first time. I will be stepping onto a new continent, one my toes have never touched. I will explore two new countries. I will see wild mammals, great white sharks and beautiful scenery. I will climb mountains and ride boards on sand dunes. It will be a brand new journey full of first-time experiences and adventures and I can’t wait!

11 Responses to A Brand New Journey

  1. Juli March 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    So exciting!!! I’m so jealous!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back. Have fun, be safe!

  2. Jamie March 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Wow, it sounds like you have an awesome adventure planned! I’m incredibly jealous, to be quite honest. I haven’t been overseas in 16 years, and there are no plans for that to change right now. In the meantime, I’ll be having an adventure vicariously through your pics! Haha! Have a FANTASTIC time in Africa!

    • elsja March 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

      Thanks everyone!! I’ll TRY to post photos while I’m away but it depends how much down time I have. Jamie- wife of a pilot and you haven’t been overseas in 16 years??? There is something not right about that!! Hopefully that will change one day. 🙂

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  3. Audra March 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Damn. I should have married a pilot! I am so jealous. Have a great trip. You will NOT have time to post photos, nd if you do, then go find something better to do than sit in an internet cafe…you can do that all day from home. Have a great time…and if you come across one, can you bring me one of those 2,000,000,000 notes from Zimbabwe?

  4. Allison Bartels March 12, 2010 at 4:21 am #

    Hey! Have fun in Africa…I went for work a couple of months ago (Cape Town) and it’s really cool! Probably one of my favorite places in the world and I definately plan on going back.

  5. Jill March 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    I can not WAIT to hear all about it and to see a ton of pictures. I so envy you right now Elsja!!!

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  6. Kerry March 14, 2010 at 3:51 am #

    Have a blast!! Can’t wait for you to post pics, definitely a dream spot of mine.

  7. daisy March 18, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    WOW!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it!!! YAY for you!! And wow – only 6 more months to go til your W day – it’ll fly by!!

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