Today we leave for India! We are so excited to finally be on our way after months of anticipation and planning.
We dropped off the puppies yesterday for boarding at The Village Animal Hospital (along with their beds, blankets, toys, and two weeks’ worth of home-cooked food).
We have never left them alone for so long before so of course I’m terribly nervous, especially with Cookie’s ruptured discs… but I know they are in good hands. However, I *may* have shed a tear or two after we said goodbye!
Rupak’s parents arranged a car to take us all to the airport. We barely fit with all of our luggage! Rupak and his parents are notorious overpackers, which was confirmed at the Atlanta airport when my bag was the only one under 50 pounds! After paying the overweight fees ($75 per bag, times three bags… ouch!) we got our boarding passes and went upstairs to grab a bite to eat before boarding the plane. I couldn’t sit still and couldn’t stop smiling… I was so excited to finally be on the way!
The flight to Amsterdam (our layover point) was uneventful. They offered free movies on the plane, so Rupak watched Transformers while I watched Divergent and Dallas Buyers Club (which contains a scene where Matthew McConaughey’s character flies to the Amsterdam airport – weird coincidence). Rupak and his parents slept a decent amount, however, I found that I could not fall asleep at all. I read a lot and played a few of the on-board games, and watched the sun rise over Amsterdam.
I found myself obsessing over the flight data a lot. Our plane flew around 600 mph at 40,000 feet and the outside air temperature was -80 degrees!
Finally, we landed at Schipol Airport at around 9am Amsterdam time.
We quickly found our gate for our connecting flight to India, and Rupak promptly got his laptop out and began doing a “few last minute items” for work.
Next stop, India!