flying solo...


This next week, 5 Mai, I will be flying solo - literally - to Frankfurt. Last year, the Bean & I were in Frankfurt 3 separate times - Maerz, August, & November, for a total of 31 days, if you include travel days, which really should count double for all the wear & tear on the body, mind, & psyche... & that's not even mentioning the need for acquisition of unique travel supplies, all in containers of 4 ounces or less, support hose, & the smuggle-able french press & coffee stash.

It was too much for the Bean for many, many reasons - the emotional, physical, relational & financial toll was too great - she acquired a job in Januar, & starts a new schedule on the day I fly away...


So, I'll be going on my own for 8 days - traveling solo is ok; I've done it quite a bit... it actually makes the choice of 'where & what to eat/drink' much easier. I just ask myself, "Self, what do you want to do?" And I usually answer, "Thanks for asking. I am hungry. And thirsty. And hungry." And then it's on... I don't know why, but traveling brings out the snacker in me - I want to stop at every kiosk for a sample, to chow down & imbibe wherever possible. Wonder why that is?

This is a significant trip for me - I know it down in my guts... this will be a trip of resolution - I believe that my interactions & appointments, & calling to Europe will be becoming clarified. And resolved. Some of the nebulousness, the WHY's will be cleared up. Or be clearer.

I also know that this will be relationally significant... there are several situations that will require a miracle to see healed. If you're wondering what to pray for in this for me, pray for grace & peace in relationships. And reconciliation.

Finally, I am really looking forward to staying at the home of my friends Alex & Linda, & getting to spend a chunk of time with them. They are definitely one of my happy thoughts about this voyage, the one on which I am flying solo...

7 launchings into the blogosphere....:

TPluckyT said...

You're not -really- flying solo, you know . . . I've asked Eric to go with you . . .

Imbiber . . .

laura said...

may the force be with you...
sorry, couldn't resist.

TravisM said...

I wish we were going, but our new little munchkin is a bit on the young side, plus we'll be going to Poland in October!

Say hello to all the Frankfurters! We miss them.

David said...

So what's the deal? Do I have to live in a foreign county to earn a visit?

If you need it to take you a while to get here, you could always drive.

Erica said...

May you have good snacks along the way, a good airplane trip, and reconciliation

digapigmy said...

opie, i can hardly get the lockes out to cold springs. good luck with mo.

scoey-d said...

Opito & BM- I love you both.