Snow Bound or NOT?
Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
27Trip End Jan 28, 2011
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We checked out of our room at noon. We ate lunch at the hotel restaurant since our shuttle is not scheduled until 2 pm.The lunch was wonderful Such a big buffet. The students enjoyed their salads and desserts. Sat and talked for 2 hours before the shuttle took us to the airport. I checked the airport status this morning and saw JFK has re-opened and there is no mention of delays/cancellations on the China Airline website. So, I am assuming all is a go. I heard they got around 19 inches of snow. Hopefully, all will go well. I tried to upgrade to just business class and it was going to cost us $1,500 /each. WOW! Guess I will never be riding anything but economy class on this flight
arrive 8:50 pm Friday. We are ready to enter that mysterious time warp. Oh, body prepare yourself for the week long jet lag syndrome :)
We left Taipei Taiwan an hour later than scheduled. We stopped in Anchorage, Alaska for a refuel and customs. We are scheduled to re-board at 9:40 am. The flight to Alaska went well. I ended up with an aisle seat with an empty seat between me and the other passenger. The food on the trip was a little better this time. Shrimp with linguine, pineapple cake, roll, potato salad. Breakfast was not so good. It was rice padded into what look liked bread and some kind of chicken mixture in the middle. Just could not tolerate that meal. We are scheduled to arrive at JFK at 8:20 pm. Just talked with Jamie and Greg is picking up the U-haul and heading toward the airport around 1 pm.
Before I close my blog for this trip I would like to thank my dear Thai colleagues and friends.I know so many people assist us with this exchange program and I am so very thankful for all them. I can not even begin to name everyone for fear that I would accidentally leave someone out
I would like to especially thank two people who are very dear to me and my family. I know I have shared a little about them throughout this blog but I would like to express my gratitude in this blog. I know they are reading this blog, so to Pi Jib, my puen rak, I want to say, "Thank you, from the bottom of my heart". Without you this program would not exist. You are the one who makes things happen :). You are always troubleshooting and anticipating our every need. You definitely have the skill of multi-tasking. You are amazing. Even though you are always traveling for meetings and conferences, you have command of your institution. It is evident by the way your staff/faculty/students treat you that you are very much loved and respected. Pi Jib you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. You are classy and elegant. You have such poise and presence. When you enter a room, all notice. There are so many traits that I love about you. You are down to earth, fun loving, and kind. Although we have only known each other for 3 years, I feel like we have known each other for a lifetime. We have a connection that is hard to explain to others. We think a lot alike and our families have a lot of commonalities
Nong Maew, my dear puen rak. I want to extend my thankfulness and appreciation to you because without you this program would not be as successful as it is. I know that everything will be ok when we are in your presence. You ease everyone's anxiety and put everyone's fear to rest. I so cherish our friendship. Like Pi Jib, I feel like I have known you for years. When we know what each other is thinking without holding a conversation, we know that we have a special connection. Despite our cultural and religious differences I have realized that our personalities are so similar that it is scary. I really liked the time that we had together. The past two years I had to share you with DaCha and this year you were all MINE
We arrived home safely. As I unpack all of my gifts, I am reminded of my dear friends. The Lord has truly blessed me.
This blog entrance will be the last one for this trip. hope you have enjoyed our trip as much as we have. Until next year. Choke dee, kah. Sawasdee, kah.