Hey, y'all! I'm officially no longer an ex-pat! I couldn't be more excited. I have to say, the culture shock has been kind of heavy, but otherwise, I'm jazzed.
Let me tell you what. I was awake for over 26 hours straight flying over here, and that is not cool. I do not do well when sleep deprived. I haven't been sleeping well lately anyway, so I was already exhausted to begin with and flying across the world doesn't help with that.
My first leg was an eight hour flight to Philly. I got a pat down and the lady dug through my carry-ons, and at one point, she accidentally dumped my suitcase out everywhere. Stuff went flying, and I was worried because I had valuables and clothes in there. I was so completely embarrassed. Not to mention, I have four stitches on my rib cage and she was not uber careful when she was patting me down. They need to chill, and BIG time.
On my plane, I sat next to a basketball player. I'm pretty sure he was a famous player, too, because his face looked so familiar. But then again, I don't know why a famous basketball player would be sitting in coach next to a nervous seventeen-year-old. He was all arms and legs and took up half my seat with his elbow... but he slept most of the time so I kind of forgot he was there. I didn't sleep because I caught a cold, somehow, halfway through the flight and I could really breathe.
At Philly, I had a sit down lunch/dinner/whatever of Chick-Fil-A, which eased all my discomfort. Seriously, they make magic nuggets and the lemonade is kickin'. And the fries? Who are we even kidding? Delicious.
On that flight, which I think was about three hours, I got a little nauseated (I don't like flying) so I took a Dramamine. ROOKIE MISTAKE. By the time I landed in Charlotte, I was delirious. My eyes were rolling around in my head and pretty much nothing made sense. Since I was by myself, I just kind of wandered around looking for my next terminal like a lost puppy, but I made it.
People looked at me like I was Hitler every time I sneezed or sniffled. I'm not trying to kill you, fellow passengers. I can't help the snifflies. This one lady glared at me and proceeded to pump her kid with some hippie voodoo vitamin juice in a dropper every time I coughed. It was a bummer but I didn't really know what else to do, and I was too drowsy to think clearly.
On the third and last plane, I fell asleep... sort of. I wasn't fully asleep because I was semi-aware of what was around me, but I wasn't fully awake because my eyes were half closed and my head was kind of rolling around. I was too sick feeling to even get water from the drink service, and only woke up enough to get off the plane successfully and walk to the baggage claim to meet my brother. After that, I was weirdly wired all the way home.
My brother and our friend tell me I was super weird. Saying weird stuff and laughing like a crazy person. I remember a lot of it, but not all of it. I just need to never take Dramamine ever again.
When we got home, I was kind of antsy until about 3 AM, so I tidied a little and I'm pretty sure I curled my hair. Then I dropped into the bed and slept till noon.
Now, I have a cold, but I feel good otherwise. Sleeping well, living well.
I'm sitting with him now in a cafe and we've got to go because we're going to eat at our cousins' house. I'll catch ya later, people.