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Traveling Lighter

Thursday, November 25, 2010

After a momentary panic this morning (I received a text message from Orbitz at 5:30am to tell me that my flight for today had been rescheduled to tomorrow!) I am currently sitting at my gate waiting to board a 747 to Frankfurt, en route to Berlin!

The airport is fairly quiet - it being a big national holiday and all, but it's fun sitting in the presence of German nationals (I'm sure) listening to them speak in a different language...except the language that I hear right now is actually French, so I'm feeling very international!

It's been over a year since my last big trip to Paris, and a 65 pound weight difference. Right off the bat, I can feel the change - and I know this trip is going to be even better because of it. I actually feel kind of svelte in my tight black yoga pants, running shoes and hoodie.

After getting my flight switched this morning, I was set to depart a full 2 hours earlier than I had originally planned, so that meant moving QUICK to get out of my house and still get done all the things that I needed to before I left. Running up and down the stairs for some last minute laundry, dishes, clean the cat litter, change the bed. By the time I dragged my suitcase out the door and breathed a sigh of relief I realized that I had barely broken a sweat. Amazing. That wouldn't have happened last year.

On and off the train with heavy bags didn't seem as much of an issue this time. And as I rolled up to the check-in I took just a second to recognize that hauling all of my stuff through the airport wasn't nearly as terrible an experience today. I wasn't out of breath, I wasn't sweating or exhausted - if fact - I was rather comfortable. Awesome!

I made it through security so fast that I forgot about the half bottle of water in my bag - so to ensure that I drink my limit today I chugged it before walking through the scanner. They let me through with my yogurt for my lunch, thankfully, and once I was through I located the Great American Bagel for a sandwich. Everything according to plan I made it to my gate to relax with some food pre-flight. The next time I eat will be on the plane and I've figured that I have just enough calories left for my in-flight meal and a glass of wine.

The waiting area seats are the same size that I remember, but this time I can sit cross-legged in one seat and have room on MY LAP for my sandwich - and now my laptop. I couldn't be more thrilled. So many NSVs in one day already, I can't wait to experience more!

The airplane seat and the belt are to come, but I know that those won't be an issue today. I can finally cross that goal off my list - no more seat belt extensions!

Happy Travels indeed :) More to come from Germany. We just started boarding so I'm signing off for now.

Happy T-Day Spark Friends. Auf Weidersehen!
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    I'm still so nervous for my flight out to D.C. The last trip was a disaster, and I'm hoping my weight loss will mean I won't have to worry quite as much. Not expecting a "no extension" moment, but that will come.

    Safe journey to you! Sounds like you have a great plan of action!
    2703 days ago
    Way to go! Traveling is definitely easier at a smaller size. I remember that feeling and want to get back to it! Last year when I traveled, I actually had to ask for a seat belt extender..... I don't want to do that again....

    Enjoy your trip!!! emoticon
    2704 days ago
  • WYND10
    Woot!! So happy for you. Safe travels!!
    2705 days ago
    I am so happy for you!!!!!
    2705 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    Thats so great! I like your comparisons, be proud!
    2705 days ago
    Bon voyage, mon ami!
    2706 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/25/2010 9:11:50 PM
    I hope the great beginning of your trip is the auspicious beginning to the vacation of a lifetime. I'm really looking forward to reading about Germany while stuck here in the Manitoba prairie winter. This is going to be my vicarious vacation so please do everything you can to ensure that it's a great one!
    2706 days ago
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