Originally posted: January 1, 2017
It is 3:05 am EST on January 1st, 2017. I am sitting in my apartment in Cleveland, OH preparing for what might be the most exciting and interesting thing I have ever done. I have never been outside of the continental United States. I haven’t been any further west than Indiana. I have no stamps on my passport. I haven’t even been to Canada to see the falls.
In 26 hours, a bus will take fourteen of my peers and I out of state to an airport where we will get on an Emirates Air plane. Have you ever seen those soccer Jerseys that say “Fly Emirates” across the front? Yep, that airline.
The massive Boeing 777-300ER will take us to Dubai International Terminal 3, the second largest building in the world. A few more means of transportation later and we will arrive at our home for two weeks, Abu Dhabi.
The total travel time is about 35 hours, so hopefully I will be able to use that time to write more about my expectations and discuss the purpose of the trip.
Also, Happy New Year!