Somewhere over SE Asia
Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
27Trip End Feb 14, 2010
I'm now en route for Delhi via Bangkok. I spent my morning in Hong Kong finishing off the work I foolishly volunteered for. Now I can breathe slowly and anticipate my time with Emma. This trip is the culmination of my travels with my eldest offspring. Emma was just a Tween when we stormed NZ with baby Lucy underarm. She let Julie and me experience the odd mood swings of travelling with a teenager in Dublin, she showed me what a difference a year makes when we left Julie pregnant in the kitchen for a non-stop weekend in NY, then she got left behind herself when we invaded Cuba with the little kids. Now I get to experience travel with an adult child.
I'm looking forward to letting the young India veteran order the chai. And if it's silly to pretend I'm ever hands-off enough to be just the sidekick this trip's title suggests, I'm really excited by the promise of collaboration.
We're just approaching Bangkok. After announcing it's a balmy 33C outside, the captain goes on to say Delhi passengers have to stay in the plane for the hour we hold over here. Even the flight crew disembarks, so we're left to overheat in the rapidly sweltering cabin without snacks or water, very much in the way of the clean up drones who sweep down the rows of seats disinfecting and de-cluttering the detritis of the Pacific crossing. No hope of finding free wireless to transmit this until Delhi.