Friday, October 03, 2003
Losing track of time and each day swimming into the next is a constant, lovely, blurry feeling. I am finding Dubai to be warm, sunny, hectic, foreign yet familiar, and full of exciting possibilities for Jim and I.
posted by KKT at 10:51 PM
This trip marks my first international flight which was extremely long (17 hours), but has been worth every hour. The first leg from Chicago to London, I slept next to a woman that was returning home for a teaching job after completing her PhD in the States (and who apologized for the size of her “large bottom” as she squeezed past me to her window seat). I arrived in Heathrow fairly rested and my legs welcoming a good stretch. After a bit of duty free shopping at Harrod’s, I boarded the plane to Dubai at smoke filled Terminal 7 and began the last seven hours of the trip.
Out of sheer boredom and a dull pain in my own bottom, I stayed awake until I arrived in the UAE. I watch two movies and stared at the computerized map as if the digital clock tracking our location would suddenly jump ahead several hours.
Jim was sweet enough to have a person waiting for me at the terminal to escort me through customs and passport stops. After purchasing my limit of wine at the Dubai airport, I exited baggage claim and anxiously searched the crowd for Jim. There he was. He looked better than ever and instantly my heart filled up and every concern I had about this journey melted away. Meeting his eyes and seeing his smile was all I needed.
Since that moment, I have thrown the concept of time out the window. We have slept until noon, relaxing and enjoying being in each others arms, and simply being with each other. All the problems that seemed to put the weight of the world on my shoulders are in full perspective now. They are tiny. They are small in comparison to the big picture that we have drawn for ourselves. Every day we are more anxious than the last to begin our lives – to get the details and formalities out of the way, and just relax and start a lifetime together. Could I have ever imagined meeting the man of my dreams, my best friend, and that we would both fall in love so quickly and so deeply? Never.