Our bags didn’t make it.
This happened to my wife and I on our honeymoon. We deplaned in Belize. Our bags didn’t. We waited for them but no dice. Eventually we had to go because our ride was waiting. Part of the problem was that we had changed planes at one point in our trip. We left from DFW and stopped over in Houston before continuing to Belize. I don’t know if it was something we did wrong or something the airport did.
Either way we were in a bind.
Although I didn’t have any doubts about the woman I married, this incident showed me her true character. Sarah did a wonderful job of taking care of the situation by making calls and getting it sorted out. We had our bags there the next day.
At first the thought of travel makes my stomach queasy. As a child I would get car sick almost all the time. Any significant car trip beyond an hour and I’d be throwing up. When I was really young my family would go from Indiana up to the beach on Lake Michigan near Grand Haven for the summers. And I don’t recall getting sick back then but I do know on our flight from Indiana to Texas I threw up just about the whole way.
On car trips we took would be from our house in the Dallas area to Oklahoma to where my aunt and uncle lived. The drive was just about an hour. With the combination of the Texas heat and the insufficient air conditioning in my mother’s full size van I would often be sick. Part of the motion sickness was compounded by frequent migraines.
Another crazy car trip was when my dad my older brother and I took a trip to Florida. We were going to watch Spring Training baseball. I love baseball and I hate long car trips. Since moving to Texas we’ve made multiple road trips back to Michigan. On one occasion for the funeral of my maternal grandmother. And the other occasion for the funeral of my paternal grandfather.
I was older so I threw up much less.
Since that first flight, my second brush with air travel was our trip to Belize. Where we lost our bags. And then the return trip. Where thankfully our bags made it through the changing of planes in Houston. We also took a flight once from Dallas Love Field to San Antonio. It was great and without incident. Thank you Southwest Airlines!
And that’s all the flying I’ve done.
I now enjoy it immensely. Especially after all the road trips I’ve been on myself as an adult. Which by the way I don’t get motion sickness if I am driving. Putting together this list reignited my love for adventure through travel.
10 cities I would like to visit and something I would like to see there and why.
1. Rome, Italy
Watching Bran Ferren in his Ted Talk “To create for the ages, let’s combine art and engineering” I came to appreciate the beauty and engineering that is combined in the pantheon. Ever since then I wanted to go there.
2. North Rim (Grand Canyon), Arizona, U.S.
I love the outdoors. I have been to Palo Duro Canyon and Caprock Canyons in Texas. But want to go to the Grand.
3. Capernaum, Israel
I’ve read about this area much in my Bible Study and I would like to go here in person. There is something drawing about bodies of water. And the Sea of Galilee has much interest to me.
4. County of Meath,Ireland
The greenness has always been fascinating. Along with the castles and rich history. But my college World Literature professor showed us Newgrange which was “was built during the Neolithic period around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids”.
5. Edinburgh, Scotland
I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe from my college course on the Military History of England and its Colonies that was tought by Dr. Guy Chet. He was a fantastic professor. Learning about Gustavus Adolphus, John Churchill the First Duke of Marlborough and William III of England and all the different things they were up to. Anyways somewhere in there I was fascinated by Edinburgh for some unrecallable reason.
6. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
I first learned of Dubai in my college World Geography class. Since then I have seen much about it on TV. And find it an interesting place.
7. Ronda, Spain
In my college Spanish classes I fell in love with the Andalusia region of Spain. Besides the The Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda. I would like to visit the Plaza del Socorro. In other parts of Andalusia I would like to drop by the coastal town of Málaga and take in the city center of Seville.
8. Island of Sicily, Italy
From the Punic Wars to WWII to Catch 22, the Island of Sicily has had a rich history. And by the pictures and descriptions, it is beautiful. I can only imagine how much interesting things I could find.
9. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
I really would like to go anywhere in New Zealand, but Waihelke Island has a super fun looking Zip Line adventure. I love being active. Especially outdoors.
10. Belmopan, Belieze
My wife, Sarah, and I went to Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Adventure Co. & Jungle Lodge for our honeymoon. We had a great time sleeping in a cave, kayaking and repelling! I would love to return for more Adventure. We had two wonderful guides, Pablo and Pedro. We liked them so much we even asked them for a picture!
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