Next Wednesday I will be getting on a bus that will take me to Heathrow airport. From there, I will board a plane at 2:00 in the afternoon and arrive in Minnesota at 5:00 pm. No stops or layovers, a nice solid 9 hour flight! I don’t know how I managed to get lucky enough to have no stops this time, but I’m pretty thrilled about that. I can’t wait to see my family and friends, meet the new puppy dog, have a proper American Thanksgiving. It feels like I haven’t been home in ages, but I know once I’m there it will feel like I never left.
As excited as I am about going home, I’m still going to miss Dan for those 10 days. At least this time, I have a return flight, there won’t be any indefintite months long waiting period before I can see him again. We were talking about me booking a coach to get to the airport the other night and started thinking about the last time I was at the coach station in Bournemouth. It was last December, when I had come over here to visit Dan, the first time we’d seen each other since Australia. I remember standing outside the bus with Dan until the driver said I’d better get on because we were leaving. I also remember getting stared at by all the other bus passengers as I boarded the bus, sobbing. Fun times, glad I don’t have to do that again!
It’s going to be a shock coming home to snow, it’s been cold in Bournemouth lately, but we’ve just had a lot of rain. We actually had a thunderstorm last night with thunder and lightning which seems to be pretty rare, usually you just get the rain without the actual storm part. Can’t wait to see everyone, especially my mom and dad! I’ll be counting down the days 🙂