The anticipation of an upcoming trip brings along with it lots of planning, preparations, and excitement. So it is with my upcoming trip across the border into Onederland! Thereís been lots of planning over the last year, more recent excitement as the time is approaching, but little preparation in some ways for the trip which is nearing. I began thinking about previous trips I have taken and realized I needed to get on with some specific details for my trip into Onederland.
Well, the trip is now booked. I have chosen to cruise into Onederland with Celebrity Cruise Lines as I am feeling somewhat of a celebrity. This trip is for me, about my health, about my fitness, and about my lifestyle. With all that attention on me I have made myself into somewhat of a celebrity Iíd say. I even willingly pose for photos because I donít mind being seen in a picture anymore. Therefore Celebrity Cruise Lines seemed the appropriate choice.
With my trip booked I became aware that I had been negligent in getting the necessary documentation for crossing a border. I promptly went to have a new passport photo taken. Filling out the application I proudly told the truth when asked about my current weight. Iím okay with the number now. I am excited about the number because (Did I tell you?) Iím going to Onederland.
Passport photo taken Feb. 2012 New photo taken Feb. 2
If youíve ever crossed a border youíre well aware that youíll have to pass through customs and immigration questioning. With all my documents in hand now I started to think about the typical questions I would be asked by the officers and how I would be replying so they would approve my entry into Onederland.
First, they always want to know where your destination is. Now thatís a tricky one. Somehow in my mind that implies staying put in one place which I do not plan to do. I will be honest with them and tell them I plan to keep moving because I canít afford to stop racking up those fitness minutes. I will not become complacent and sedentary, I will move, move, move.
Thereís always the inevitable question about how long you plan to stay. Now thatís an easy answer. Without a doubt, I will confidently respond, ďA lifetime.Ē I know that may raise a few eyebrows, since there are typically limits on the length of stay allowed in a foreign place. However, Iíve heard that itís different in Onederland as thankfully they welcome people there for a life time.
The officers are also always so interested in what you are bringing into the country with you. What can I say? I am coming with a lot less than I would have a year ago! Canít they see that? Of course not. They donít know me. Iíll let them know Iíve left 70 lbs behind which I refuse to take across the border with me. Admittedly, I am taking along an entirely new wardrobe which I donít have to claim. Iíve also heard tell of the abundance of fruits and vegetables, water, fitness equipment in Onederland so no need to bring any of that with me either. Much of what I am bringing with me into Onederland is unseen to the eye of the immigration officer but I want to share some of that with with him/her anyways. Iíll tell him/her about the healthy recipes Iíve collected, the repertoire of fitness routines Iíve memorized, 5 km training schedule I am now familiar with, the menu planning I do, how I check on line for restaurant menus to plan ahead, and... Oh the officer is looking bored. The officer looks like s/heíll interrupt me and sure enough s/he does. They just want the bottom line. S/heíll ask me ďWhatís the total value of the goods youíre bringing Maím?Ē All I can answer is that itís priceless. What I am bringing into Onederland cannot have a dollar value attached to it. I am living a healthy lifestyle and that is worth far more than any dollar amount to me.
When the officer is finished his questioning he finally wishes me a successful trip and I know I will hear the roar of cheer from my Spark Pals on either side of the border. They, whoíve so faithfully cheered, supported, and listened to me this past year will continue to encourage. I owe each them so much for the various ways they have influenced me in my journey to Onederland.
Traveling on standby, I am not exactly sure of the specific date Iíll be leaving but I know itíll be in the second or third week of February when I cross into Onederland. The preparations over the last year have had their ups and downs and their challenges. As a matter of fact this trip has been delayed twice as I had originally scheduled it for November 19, 2012, my birthday and later I was to have gone before Christmas. This time I know I wonít miss the boat. Celebrity Cruises has me on their passenger list, I have my passport, and Iím ready for my customs and immigration interview. I have just one thing to do yet. I need to pack!!!
Will you be joining me in Onederland? Iíd love to see you there. Oh, Iím expecting to see many of you, my friends, there! Iíll be there to greet you with banners and noise makers when you cross the border into Onederland. I look forward to seeing several of my Spark Pals who have traveled to Onederland ahead of me. Oh the fun weíll have.