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Our Flight to and First Day in Amsterdam

Tuesday August 2nd 2016

I got up at 8:30am after having not slept at all the night before. I just can’t go to sleep when I have to fly. I hate flying that fucking much, as it was as bad as it always is. I’m always incredibly bitchy when we travel. Thoth puts up with me splendidly. He smiles and laughs and hugs me. I’m a lucky girl.

Thoth went to grab a coffee for himself and a muffin for me before the flight, but it was tight. I got scared so I asked a lady with blue eyes to watch our stuff. She was very sweet. I could tell she was a nice and trustworthy person. I ran fast to get him. Thankfully he was almost back. I don’t like being separated from Thoth when we’re in Europe, or anywhere really. He’s the only person I have when we’re traveling. I lost him once when I freaked out at Burning Man, which only lasted a few minutes, but it was terrifying.

The flight was painful for me, as flying always is. When we travel, I don’t know how we’re able to keep this lifestyle up, but it’s because we love being in new cities, and it is worth the torture of flying. I was so tired but I couldn’t get comfortable. I could barely stand up or keep my eyes open. I thought I was going to faint at one point, or blackout. I couldn’t stand on my two feet without teetering. It was weird. I’ve never fainted before, and I’m glad I didn’t. The air is so dry too. I practically fell into this sweet woman with blue eyes, I didn’t notice until the flight was almost over that she was sitting in the isle seat next to me. “Are you OK?” she asked. So kind! I hate flying. Thoth was fine. He’s perky.

It was only 3 hours in the air, but I was dead tired by the time we landed. I used to be so excited when we traveled when I was a child, but now it’s just par for the course. I wish I had a way to at least sleep the night before. I even took melatonin, which always helps me sleep. It’s just a complete nightmare for me. I hate it so much, and it just keeps getting worse. The flight to London in 2 weeks will be horrible too even though it’s just an hour. It’s the stress of having to get up and do something so uncomfortable, and we have to do it in order to be comfortable again.

Once we got to Wim and Marja’s house, we were instantly at home. “It’s becoming a tradition.” they said. We love Amsterdam and their house. We stayed here for 2 weeks last year. Marja made the bed for us while I showered and then she made dinner for us. The upload speed here is phenomenal. I’ve spent the past 2 and a half months making videos every day that take all night to upload, while here it takes 6 minutes! We had a lovely dinner together, all four of us. I forgot what a home cooked meal tastes like! It’s been 2 and 1/2 months since we’ve had one.

Monday August 1st 2016

I dreamed I had a trip planned for myself to fly to South America while Thoth was in Europe for 2 months. I wanted to see if I could busk by myself. At the last minute I was scared to go alone and was trying to figure out how to get flights for Thoth, too, but it was too late. I eventually took the flight and was there in South America playing for tourists on a mattress near the beach. I went to look for my hotel so I could Skype with Thoth and tell him I was OK. I went to a woman at a restaurant stall and started crying because I missed Thoth so much.

When I woke up and told Thoth, he said it made him sad. “It’s a very lonely dream.” he said. It made me feel a surge of gratefulness for my hubby, not that I’m always incredibly grateful for him! We went to Praca De Flores for lunch at Tease Cafe and sat in the park eating a Pao de Canela, our last for the year! We know we’ll be back in 9 months, but it’s always wistful to have our last day anywhere. We have no home. When we’re in Lisbon, we are at home. When we are in Amsterdam, we are at home. When we are in London, we are at home. Etc. etc. That’s our life. I love it. Sitting in the park together was so lovely. We made sure to pack before going to lunch, so we could rest before going to our last dinner at the Brasserie. It was a lovely day before our big trip to Amsterdam. We’ll miss it here, but we’re ready to go!

Flying to Oakland

Wednesday December 3rd 2014

Thoth woke me up at 10:40am and we got our suitcases out of the room and checked out. Josh arrived soon after to pick us up. He got Thoth some beef tongue and salmon eggs and me some smoked salmon and a baguette with cream cheese. He’s so thoughtful! We stopped at TD Bank to change our change, then the fun got started. We drove around JFK 4 times trying to find our gate (which I didn’t know.) I thought we were flying out on Alaskan, but there was no Alaskan at JFK. I panicked, thinking we might have to go to Newark. Josh got Alaskan Airlines on the phone and they looked up my reservation. “You’re flying on Delta with a connection to Alaskan Airlines in Seattle.” she said. I was so relieved! Josh drove us to terminal 4 and let us off. We thanked him profusely. What a kind, generous friend. We checked in our bags (both were underweight, not surprising for me, but surprising for Thoth) and went to our gate. We were still 2 hours early. Our flight to Seattle was 5 and a half hours. I listened to music the entire way. There was a little turbulence (which I hate) but it only lasted for maybe 5 minutes. There was no free food served on the flight. Thank goodness we had our lovely treats from Josh!

We were really tired when we landed. We saw on the news people were protesting in New York City after another police officer wasn’t indicted in a chokehold death. I saw the video and it was pretty disturbing. “We were just there. Isn’t that odd?” I said. We got smoothies and waited for our next flight to Oakland. I texted our friend Chris asking if he could pick us up. Our flight was delayed by an hour, but our friend Khalil offered to pick us up. The flight was only two hours. For a moment, it felt like we had dropped a bit of altitude. My stomach lurched, but it was fine. We landed after midnight.

We got our bags and Khalil picked us up at the curb. What a sweet man. He told us about the band (which Chris is in) and what he’s been up to the past 6 months. He dropped us at the house. “If you ever wanna have lunch or dinner, let me know.” he said. “We’ll see you tomorrow night.” I said. “What time should I get you?” he asked. “8.” I said. “Alright.” Nancee (I call her Nana) had a note for us on the table. We snacked on food in the fridge and brought our bags up to our room. I love Nana’s house. It’s one of the only places in the world we can come to for free and relax. This will always be a special place to me because it’s the place we got married. Nana was Thoth’s girlfriend like 25 years ago, and they’re still friends. Isn’t that cool? It feels like home here.