This post has been long overdue, but here is the first update of my expedition:
Traveling doesn’t always go as planned. For me, I learned this before even beginning my journey.
On Wednesday (Jan. 3) morning, I woke up anxious and excited that I was starting my journey so soon. In only one day, I was going to begin a trip that I had been planning to take for over 2 years. I began daydreaming about all the splendors I was about to experience. The bright polka dots lighting up the night sky after riding a camel through the Sahara Desert. The majestic yet intimidating presence of the Great White as I dive into the waters of South Africa. The cultural fascination of wandering through the alleyways and markets of Tokyo city.
These daydreams, however, were halted when I read this news headline:
Travel nightmare: Winter storm wipes out thousands of flights
Almost without thinking, I immediately scrambled to check if my flight had been canceled.
It was canceled.
Excitement turned into anxiety. Daydream turned into nightmare. Despite the 40 (F) degree chill in the air, I remember my heart suddenly race and beads of sweat start to run down my cheek. I began to panic, unsure of what to do. Why was this happening to me? Why now?
After what seemed like 3 lifetimes, I was able to rebook an early, tentative flight from Philadelphia instead of New York; however, even this flight could possibly be canceled as well. Eventually my parents decided that spending the night to catch the flight in the morning would be the best idea. That night I did not sleep at all.
In the morning, as I boarded the plane, I watched the blizzard envelop my field of vision with only white.
My adventure has begun.
Thank you to all of my friends for offering support and to my parents for offering advice and reassuring me that everything would turn out alright!
I am currently in Japan, but over the next week or so, I will post about daily life at sea as well as my time in Hawai’i!