Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Up in the Air

I don't even know how to sum up my experience so far. So much has been going on that I can't even believe I've only been here for three days. But let's start from the ever-dreaded deed of actually having to travel for 15 hours. 

On the day of our departure, I woke up at the ass crack of dawn to catch my flight with about three hours of sleep, thinking that I would sleep on the plane. Well that ended up being the worst decision ever because I literally got ZERO sleep the entire time - I ended up looking like the mother of the zombie apocalypse by the end of it. But besides that my flying experience wasn't bad at all - no lost luggage, no crazy turbulence, no annoying ass people bothering me throughout my flight. I'm a bit of a nervous flyer, so my nerves appreciated all of this despite their extreme exhaustion.

That being said, I did have some crazy old women sneak drugs into my purse. Not kidding. It was from our flight from D.C. to Dublin. She and her daughter were chatting me up while Angelina was grabbing some water. I told them that we were backpacking through Europe, to which the woman says (in her very strong Texas accent) "Oh my, well don't go to Iran!" - what the shit, you batty old woman, Iran is in the Middle East - I would know because I'm half Persian! Obviously I didn't say that, I just sat and laughed oh so awkwardly. But that was definitely clue #1 that this woman was bat shit crazy. Soon after this incident, she mentions that she's a nervous flyer. I tell her that I also get nervous and she immediately offers me some Xanex. Her daughter is horrified, reminding her that giving someone your prescription drugs is illegal, to which the woman says "I don't give a hoot and holler!" (WTF) 

I respectfully decline, telling her that I was just going to try to naturally fall asleep. She doesn't persist, but two minutes later she looks over in to my purse and stares at my iPad case. She begins to get up from her seat and reach into my purse while she says "That is a very cute case!" It honestly looked like she was going to try to steal my case, so my inner dialogue was something like "STEAL MY IPAD AND I WILL TAKE YOU DOWN TEXAS GRANNY" but instead, I see her slip FIVE freakin pills of Xanex into my iPad case. Oh my god. So awkward. Seriously what the fuck do you say to that?! I think I just laughed and awkwardly smiled. 

Rule #1 of life: Never take candy from strangers. *or their prescriptive drugs* 

Needless to say I ditched them as soon as I could. I was not about to go through customs with suspicious pills at the bottom of my iPad case. No sir, not me. 

The airport is definitely not my favorite place, so I'm happy I don't have to deal with another one until December. So here I am, in Dublin, still incredibly sleep deprived but loving every minute of it. Some pictures to come soon, but until then I'll leave you with this gem: 

Angelina cuddling with Barack at the D.C. airport.

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