Travel is not for the faint hearted.

My buddy, Miss Lisa left Dallas two hours earlier than I yesterday.

It was the end of our tour and as I watched her drive off in the bright orange Dodge we had hired for the past two weeks, I felt a little anxiety for her safety during the 10 hours of travel she was about to undertake.

I prepare well for travel but I prefer not to dwell on it too much prior to leaving. If you prepare correctly, the mind tells you that all will be well, but of course it rarely does.

I always visit with the Taxi driver on the way to the airport. It helps if he is kind to your luggage and to you. I don’t look like a feeble old lady, so I have the privilege of wrangling the bags myself  I never use a trolly, two big bags with 8 spinner wheels on each back to back in one hand and the other big bag and my hand luggage and camera bag on top in the other. But the complication this time was another bag. Now just do I do that?

Dallas was fine, my driver assisted.

LA was fine, I paid a porter…. but how was I going to manage in Brisbane this morning?

I picked up my bags from the belt, placed two on a trolley with the hand luggage on top and one either side of the trolley and hang on to the darn things and push.

Some smart young man questioned me why I had so much luggage, and the truth is that I’m carrying an entire exhibition and teaching supplies. “Would you like to see them” I asked him…. that’s when my husband gives me the eye… but my hackles rise when young people make assumptions. I told him ” I have 3 pairs each of funky undies for my 5 small boy grand children… then there are pairs of Harry Potter socks and Jocks” He turned away but I caught the eye rolls. Little does he know I’m a super sleuth of eye rolling juveniles… I’ve had a bit of experience.

Feeling very pleased at my dexterity I managed the bags to the domestic transfer without a problem and my heart soared. It’s amazing what makes you happy when you travel.

A bus trip to the next airport and I was able to relax. You just can’t worry about what the time is… this trip has taken me 28 hours and I am still in the air and a few hours from home still.

I enjoy the challenges. I love watching people. Walking through the LA airport at midnight is like a visit to a cultural expo. As you walk the sounds of different language conversation assails your senses. There are all forms of dress and somehow the sight of a huge athletic man cradling his pillow and blanket in the crook of his arm brings a smile to my face.

Children wander wide eyed at being awake at such an hour and there is a buzz of excitement and exuberance

As I write the man next to me has yawned and given tired groans intermittently for the past hour…. I’m not deaf honey even over the operatic singer playing loudly through my ear buds.

As I look out of the window over green fields… the mighty Murray River snaking through the countryside. It means that I’m only going to be in the air for 5 more minutes.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Jan says:

    My dear Pam. I hope your heart soared and not soured. Tired bunny and with the help of autocorrect trying to read your mind, even though you would prefer it not to, you managed to give me a smile.
    Welcome home. Take care and enjoy the break.💖💖🤗
    Love your exploits 💖

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Yes, I changed it, but it had been published and kept the same in FB

  2. glendajean says:

    Welcome back home to OZ Pam and all suitcase were some one else’s problem when you hit our soil. Thanks for a wonderful journey once again. Cheers Glenda

  3. katzzz11 says:

    Have been curious about how to handle all the traveling. Getting ready to do the same. Hope I can handle it as well as you do! Glad you got home all safe & sound!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      It’s just a state of mind… everything is well organised and I actually live out of a suitcase for months at a time so I’m organised.

      1. katzzz11 says:

        How did you get started? Did you have help?

      2. Pam Holland says:

        no, not really, I had a guy set it up, but it wasn’t to my liking and now the whole system has changed for the better, but I need to change some of the older posts and its frustrating.

      3. katzzz11 says:

        Sorry, I was wondering how you got started in this business?
        I’m trying to get my name out there & designing my own patterns but not sure how to do it. I’m going to show my work at a show this Fall but not sure how much that helps.

        The Quilter’s Meow

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