|Bangkok this way|
|Ready to get going|
We always board LAST, not sure why the airlines ask that people with children board the plane first. To me it seems crazy to coop up kids any longer then necessary, so we opt out of that insanity. Soon after getting settled we heard the roar of the engines and it finally sank in that this may be the last time we see our home. Tears start to fall for myself and my middle son as we watch Costa Rica become a tiny spec in the distance. It was the first time that I cried, or really felt sad, about leaving at all and it felt great to finally have that rush of emotions! The landscape outside our window for the next few hours helped us to feel better, as it was so beautiful! Volcanoes, snow capped mountains, and crystal clear lakes. Having never flown this route before, we were all amazed at seeing the stunning Central American landscape from the air. We know we'll be back at some point!
|Beautiful volcanoes in Central America|
|Hollywood sign during our decent!|
Once the lights turned off after dinner, all 3 boys seemed to fall fast asleep. They sort of dozed off and on as did my husband and I. 13+ hours passed and every one was still doing great. I am so proud of all of us. The last hour was tough as the baby was sick and tired of being on a plane. We also hit some pretty strong turbulence that sent me straight to anxiety alley but I pulled through and didn't throw up, hit anyone, open the plane doors, or cry...well maybe a little bit of crying but lets just call it welling up! With the lights on and the strong turbulence it was hard to relax but we made it!
|Our "big" plane from LA to Taiwan|
We were tired but super excited to finally be in the country that I had spent so many countless hours researching. We headed to immigration where, again, I was a bit nervous. No questions were asked and we got our 30 day visa. Luggage all made it and the hotel staff was there ready to help us. Five minutes later we were on the shuttle and within 15 minutes we were raiding our min-fridge in our hotel room! Sleeping at that point is a whole other blog post. But it would be fair to say that jet lag and being on the opposite side of the world felt a bit like being an infant that has their days and nights reversed.
All in all, the travel day was a great experience thanks to a great airline and an awesome family. I was able to see a couple things that surprised me; one was that my children are even more adaptable then I ever gave them credit for, two is that my husband is amazing and maybe not quite so addicted to nicotine than he lets on, and lastly, that I should never worry about things until I need to. What a waste of mental space! We all rocked the 30+ hour trip to Bangkok and I am so proud! Everyone we encountered was kind and helpful. Although this was a really long travel day, it wasn't so hard after all.
If a long day of travel is holding you back from seeing the world, don't let it. But make sure you have a couple weeks to tackle the jet lag and enjoy!
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