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Repeating pattern

I’m inspired by a pattern in my hotel. Where the buffet is located, there is the same intricate repeating pattern used in the interior design. It’s made into privacy screens, room dividers, fountain accents, and wall accents. My favorite use is this one, where the pattern is made of bronze and put over wood paneling. Gorgeous. 

The day before

It’s the evening before my trip. I’m double-checking my lists, starting to pack, and getting very nervous/excited. 

I have nothing in my database of experiences to pull from for this trip. No flights longer than five hours. No jet lag. No cross-ocean flights. I’ve been to Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—nowhere that required a passport. This is going to be all new. 

Fourteen hours. That is the length of my direct flight from Chicago, IL, USA to Abu Dhabi, UAE. I think about how much I could get done with 14 free hours in one day. I wonder what I’ll get done in 14 hours on a plane. I’ll write little travel stories to post on my blog one I land. I’ve bought two books to read. I’ll have on-demand entertainment on the plane. The problem is, I don’t know how to sit still and be physically unproductive for so long. There will be no choice.

My plan in the coming weeks is to be a giant sponge. I want to soak up every delicious minute of all the things I will see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. I feel a little bit like a kid all over again—fresh-faced and eager to learn. Look out world, here I come.

Dipping my toe in the water

I’m diving into the world of blogging. And I’m bringing my blue olive with me! Let’s see what kind of adventure I can have overseas…