Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
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If there is 1 thing you learn the most by traveling, according to me, it's to let go of expectations.
It's so easy and comforting to have them though, so before I know I am grabbing onto them again.
And expectations bring disappointments.
So, letting go.
I haven't been away for 2 weeks and 2 unimaginable things have happened. First, someone got into our private room while we were there and emptied some wallets really fast. He even put one of the wallets empty back in a pants back pocket!
And now, the trip I am guiding was supposed to end on April 15th. I would bring my 9 new friends to JFK and meet up with Joke there to hang with her in amazing New York till she leaves coming Wednesday.
Plans logically automatically tend to create expectations.
April 15th was yesterday. And all this didn't happen the way we all were expecting it to happen.
The night of April 14-15 a volcano erupted on Iceland, resulting in yesterday almost all cross-Atlantic flights being canceled cause of the huge cloud created by the volcano. After a lot of calling and organizing (which I totally love, but not the stress coming with it), I got 2 people on a plane the next day to Chicago, and then to Frankfurt, and the others would take the same route on Saturday morning.
Now I am on the bus (longlive the netbook), heading to Queens to meet up with Joke :) The other 7 people will do some extra visits meanwhile.
Yesterday did have a less stressful ending thanks to the amazing hospitality of CouchSurfing. Everyone was stressed, so when I got the extra nights and other flights arranged, I suggested to head to Queens and meet up with Joke and my host, Mike. 4 ended up joining, the others rather chilled and unstressed in Central Park.
Mike cooked us dinner and gave us a great tour of the area. They were all definitely impressed :) CS rules!
So it does feel like I am totally wired now and have a giant rock in my stomach. I hope all works out fine for my group. All I can do now is drop them of at the airport and get on the Chicago flight. On our way this morning to the airport, different people told us plains probably won't be flying to western Europe yet the first 48 hours... And the person where we checked in, only said: "I sure hope so!" and she showed her 2 hands with fingers crossed.
I guess I should learn to let go. Again and again :) It's so easy to hold on, we learn it in the cradle.
So, almost there! Time to enjoy some hours with Joke, yaay! So happy she's here!
ML from the Q33 bus