12.05.2013 - 12.06.2013
My last day in the States was spent at the office! It's amazing how difficult it is to clear every item from your desk. But after 5 hours, Success! Lunch, final packing and lots of hugs to Molly and Sweetie and I'm off to the airport in New Bern. Thank you, Donna. Travel was completely uneventful - a short hop to Atlanta from New Bern, a four hour layover in Atlanta with time for a chicken pannini for dinner, then boarding to Dubai. With DynCorp footing the bill I upgraded to Economy Plus class, a step up from Economy but not as nice as Business Class. I appreciated the extra leg room although I don't think the seats are any wider. The 13 and a half hour flight went very smoothly - except for an attack of restless leg - nothing unusual for me! I'm wise enough to get an aisle seat so that my frequent ups and downs are a minimal disturbance to seatmates. I spent half the flight pacing in the mid-plane pass through.
Last year I flew into Abu Dhabi and passport control, baggage claim, etc. took little time. This time flying into Dubai things were different. My flight landed at 9:15 pm and it wasn't until 10:30 that I emerged from the airport to the "Greeters" area. In addition to the passport control line taking over 30 minutes, I had waited at baggage claim for quite a while before being directed to an office to file a claim for my bag when a porter came running up yelling, "Atlanta, Atlanta!" and directed me to a different area where a pile of bags were assembled and there was mine! Oh Happy Day! Chaz's smiling face was a welcome sight and in no time we were headed out of the Dubai airport and on the two hour trip back to Abu Dhabi. While Chaz drove we were grateful for one of Dyncorp's drivers, Sandiker's, presence as he helped us negotiate the numerous turns to the Abu Dhabi highway.
Arriving at Chaz's apartment felt like coming home, all was familiar from my visit last year. It felt nice to just sit and chat and wind down from the flight. Although we Skype daily and keep up with each other's day to day life, being together again is oh, so sweet!