Friday, July 1, 2011

I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane

I set this post to publish just as hubby and I will be taking off on a plane bound for France.  

The two-weeks in France at the start of the summer will be loads of fun and I'm looking forward to spending time with my husband and visiting with our French friends.  The last time I was in France I was eighteen years old, so it has been awhile, to say the least.  I am so looking forward to soaking in the food, architecture, scenery, fashion, language ... everything!

When I fly from France to Bangladesh I start the more difficult part of the summer - a month that is equal parts excitement and worry.  While I am thrilled to be helping train future Speech-Language Pathologists in a developing nation and am equally thrilled to soak up some South Asian culture, there are many thoughts and worries that crowd my mind and make me wonder how I will do.   Will I make all the flights and connecting flights?  Will I catch some awful disease in Bangladesh? Will I be carried away by the monsoon floods (my kids suggested I wear a life jacket the whole time)?  Will I know how to teach the material so the students can learn what they need to know?  Will I be able to withstand the heat and humidity (at least my hair will look good - my hair loves humidity as it gives it more body)?  Will I find something to eat that is safe and not too spicy (I am travelling with five containers of salted almonds and lots of granola bars to tide me over)?  

I'm leaving you with this blast from the past photo of our family flying home from Nigeria when I was about seven years old.  

I hope you think of me sometimes during the summer and continue to drop by here as I have a whole roster of guest bloggers lined up to take over while I am away.  I also hope to put up some "snapshots from ..." posts when I have time, energy, and electricity/internet access.  

The adventure begins!  Wish me luck.


  1. Wow what a stylish mum you have. Love the BOAC bag your brother carries.

    Have a wonderful trip. Safe and with good food. Looking forward to hearing of your adventures. Bon Voyage.

  2. I was thinking the same thing Chania! :-)

    Grace, I hope you have an absolutely amazing trip! Mr. Tide's theory when traveling to 3rd world countries which he has done many times over the years, is to eat things cooked at high fried stuff! And you will do such a good job, they are very lucky to have your knowledge as well as your kind spirit!

    Kat :)

  3. Have a wonderful trip. Remember, most of what we worry about never happens.

    I too look forward to hearing about your adventures and seeing pictures of places visited.


  4. Good luck! Have a great time! You'll do a wonderful job with the future SLPs!

  5. Wishing you a wonderful and safe trip, on all parts of your journey. See you when you get back!

  6. I love the photo of you as a girl! Have a safe trip, Grace. I can't wait to read about your adventures!

  7. Don't touch your face. Boil your water. Wash your hands. Get a good night's sleep. Don't eat watermelon. You will survive! Millions do.

  8. Bon voyage! You'll be making wonderful memories to enrich your life!

  9. Have a wonderful trip Grace! I am so envious of you visiting France. I know you'll take lots of great pictures!