Not Much Between Despair and Ecstasy
Welcome to “One Night in Bangkok” the series. Follow me through Hong Kong and Bangkok while I act as my Rotary Club‘s delegate to the International Convention in Thailand, with posts that are titled from the lyrics of the song “One Night in Bangkok.” If this is your first visit to the series, please click here to begin at the beginning.
Always. That’s how the prospect of travel makes me feel. Despair, over the fact that I will NOT sleep the night before the flight. Worried that I will snore through the alarm. Miss my cab. Run screaming down the runway trying to highjack my flight.
Despair also because I will NOT SLEEP on the plane. Regardless of the umpteen hours I will spend in the same seat. Or the drugs I will
pop like candy take. Or the face masks and neck pillows and doo-dads I have wasted money on bought to help me relax.
Even more despair……….
MTM could sleep slung upside down by his big toes from a bar hanging by a thread from the wing of the plane as it zips through the atmosphere at 30,000 feet. While I am thrashing in my microscopic seat, trying to find a single comfortable position for ten minutes so that I can doze off, he will sleep for HOURS. And HOURS. And HOURS. We will arrive in Hong Kong, and he will resemble a flower, freshly plucked and oozing loveliness. His breath won’t stink like a sewer. He might even smile.
I will look like a hag. Hair askew. Teeth brown and rotting. Face frozen in a mask of perpetual angriness. Bags under the bags under my eyes. (Note to self: Andra After a Long Flight would be an excellent Halloween costume kit. Research its economic viability upon return from abroad.)
Still, I am ecstatic about this trip. The ecstasy always clobbers the despair in the end. I can’t wait to see the next place. Do the next thing. Discover the next treasure. Find the next outing I will want to return to again and again. Hold my man’s hand around the next unknown bend. See it together. Experience whatever.
The ecstasy of travel always comes from the companion.
And, I have the best companion in the world.