Well our travel day yesterday lasted about 24 hours.
Now not all of that was on a plane, but more than half certainly. We woke before alarms, probably around 6a.m. By 7:30 we were showered, packed and checking out. We took a taxi to the airport, got checked in, actually checked our luggage so we wouldn’t have to fight for bin space or keep track of them.
We had several hours before we boarded, So we had a coffee and split a sandwich for breakfast, spending the last Euros on a couple of bottles of water for the plane. We are very fortunate that we travel so similarly. We would both rather be at the airport hours early rather than rush or worry about lines.
Once we were on the first flight we had a delay while on the plane, not getting going for nearly an hour. Because the incoming flight was late and we missed the window for the Atlantic airspace we had to wait for another one.
It wasn’t a big deal for us, as we had three and a half hours worked in for the transfer. This was not the case for some who were already complaining and panicking.
About 12 hours later we landed in Washington DC, now with just two hours to transfer but it ended up being plenty of time. We went through customs, picked up our luggage and had to walk it 10 yards away to the connecting flight belt and then on to go find our next gate.
The flight from WDC left on time and we landed about 6 hours after boarding. My dear brother who had stayed with the cat and watched our place also picked us up from the airport.
I had tried not to sleep at all on the flights, my own personal jet lag strategy. I did doze off and on from WDC because it was late and dark. But we were home about midnight and actually quite awake. So showering off the travel day and unpacking took place. I read for awhile and then fell asleep about 2am.
Six hours of sleep and we were wide awake, I got up and started the travel laundry. We had some errands to run, grocery shopping, pet store a few more stops and we washed three weeks of pollen off both cars.
Tonight after I made dinner and the sitting watching TV put Lori to sleep, I was getting sleepy it was just to early to fall asleep so I did some weeding in the back yard until I lost light. Cleaned all the bird feeders and made sugar water to refill them. Now I’m blogging to make it to at least 10pm
I am avoiding looking at the time in Portugal, hoping this jet lag strategy of mine works. Stay awake for 24 hours while traveling and then just make myself conform to the current time zone.