I can’t believe we leave for vacation in two days. I started packing last night and am second-guessing my decision to pack light. Since we’re going to be flying so much (Boston to London, London to Prague, Prague to Paris, Paris to Boston) I didn’t want to have to check luggage at each destination (and the low-cost carrier’s we’re using to get around Europe have more strict carry-on allowances). I’d rather the convenience of getting up and going without waiting for luggage that could potentially get lost.
Besides, despite this being a 2.5 week trip, we will have access to a washer/dryer in each destination so there is no sense in packing more than 4 or 5 days worth of clothes. But Mark (my friend in Paris) ordered some stationery while he was in the states back in April and I agreed to bring it to him once it arrived. It has arrived and the two boxes take up half of my suitcase! I’ve pawned one box off to Randy to pack and that has helped. But it’s still making it a tight fit.
Complicating matters is that unlike last year’s trip (which was late June/early July) this year we’re traveling a bit earlier in the season and it appears that the weather is going to be drastically different. Last year, it was sunny and 80′s (or higher) every day. Easy packing decision: shorts and t-shirts.
This year, it appears that temperatures are going to go from mid 70′s and humid on Friday to lower 50′s the next day. That means I have to pack jeans…and maybe a jacket. Oh, and showers are expected so that means adding an umbrella and water-proof shoes. Oy vey.
Maybe I’ll just ship his paper.
Oh, but there is a silver-lining (hence my blog title today). Randy has Executive Platinum status with American Airlines since he travels over 100,000 miles per year. Somehow he managed to get us free upgrades from coach to business class. I’ve never flown anything but coach before so I’m not sure what to expect. Randy says better wine and food and bigger pillows and blankets. But the part I like best is that while coach has seating in rows with 2 seats, then aisle, 5 seats, then aisle, then 2 seats, the business class seating ratio is 2/3/2 with more legroom in front, more space on the side, and seats that recline further back.
I could get used to this.
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