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Travel – Reverb 10, Day 22

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December 22 – Travel. How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Author: Tara Hunt)

Ironically, I’m in the midst of packing and running off to Ghana to be with my family for the holidays, and I might not be able to properly write this post right now. I might edit this from my phone once I’m at the airport, but in case I don’t, I’ll be posting again tomorrow, once I’ve safely arrived.

I love the technology of airplanes, but I can’t wait to get a break from being in one for so long! (this is my third trip since Friday)


Ok, I have arrived safely in Ghana! Yet another delightfully warm and humid Christmas! (as all my Christmases have been since after my fourth).

How did I travel this year? Primarily by airplanes. Big planes, medium sized planes, and tiny planes that make even me, 5’3″ and fairly skinny, feel cramped. I’ve traveled from Saint Louis to DC, New Haven, Charleston, Accra (Ghana) and Seattle, and back. I’ve flown from Saint Louis to Accra to Istanbul to Bodrum to Istanbul to Saint Louis. Cars, taxis, buses, trains, subways, shuttles, light rails and more have also been involved.

But no boats. I haven’t been on boats often, and I didn’t go on any this year. Wait, that’s a lie. I took the ferry again in Istanbul. I love the ferry.

Three hours ago I finished my final plane ride of 2010, and I am relieved.  The existence of planes is key to my happiness, but I quickly tire of them. I was going to count how many individual flights I’ve been on this year and then I stopped because just thinking about it was exhausting in this travel weary state of mine. I need some sleep. (It’s somewhere over 26 flights though).

In 2011, I would like to travel shorter distances, but that will not happen because no one is moving. I know of 5 trips that I am making for sure, one that is very likely, and I’m quite sure that at least once or twice my parents will unexpectedly (to me) be in the US and I will go visit them in DC. I have no trips planned or desired that don’t involve visiting family or Ahmet. I am not a traveler by nature, or at least, I don’t think I am, but I’ve not been given a choice in the matter so it’s hard to say for sure.

I’m looking forward to travel in 2013/end of 2012 though. Why? Because then my ten year passport will expire, and I can travel for another ten years with a picture of me that I like! The current one was a rush job when we couldn’t find my passport in 2002 and I was sixteen and probably at my heaviest weight and still had my braces. Wait, it costs $82 to add more pages when a renewal is $110? I might be getting a new passport much sooner then. I’m not sure I have space for another international trip after this one, but we’ll see where the US puts my re-entry stamp.

I do need a new State ID asap… My DC one expired in October and I don’t like flying with my passport for domestic trips. Not looking forward to dealing with the DMV, but I need to get a driving learner’s permit anyway (no, I don’t know how to drive yet. Hush).

Written by Aba

December 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm

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  1. Safe journey, Aba! And have a fantastic Christmas with your loved ones :)


    December 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    • Thank you! :D I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too!


      December 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

  2. I think that travelling is a perfect excuse to not blog about travelling! Be safe and have a wonderful time!


    December 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    • Thank you! I am so happy to be warm again! :)


      December 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

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