We are back on American soil, exactly seven months after we left the country. Our nearly 40 hours of travel went by fairly quickly and we were once again well occupied by the in-flight entertainment system on Qatar Airlines. Erin’s dad, Ed, and sister, Emily, met us with big hugs at the Norfolk airport. Unfortunately, Erin’s bag did not make it from New York to Virginia and we left the airport with the assurance it would arrive the following day. After making a call this morning, we found out that the bag ended up in Baltimore and actually won’t be here until Wednesday. Pretty amazing that after 15 flights, this was our first lost luggage, on the shortest flight of the trip! It is probably the best place for this to happen, but it certainly wasn’t the most fun thing to hear after such a long trip. The good news is we have travel insurance that covers delayed luggage so we can pick up some clothes today and let the insurance cover it.
We are already finding there are some things we are going to have to get used to again–really soft toilet paper, driving on the right hand side of the road, the news (already tired of hearing about the pig flu), people speaking clear English, and paying for domestic luggage. We’re easing ourselves in and I’m sure we’ll be processing for quite awhile.
Even though the trip is winding down, we plan to continue posting our thoughts about our re-entry and transition. We look forward to processing with you.