Farewell, jet lag

I am finally recovered from the jet lag hangover of our last trip — five weeks from Dubai to Singapore.

We left hot-and-sweaty Singapore, flew 22 hours (flight time) back home, and landed in 14-degree temperature. That is 14 degrees Fahrenheit! It was a SHOCK. I was somewhat prepared for the frigid weather; Bob, not so much. We recovered from that as soon as we got into our warm home … but it took me two or three weeks to recover from jet lag. I have no great tips for this, but I will say that regular exercise helps.

Friends have asked what it’s like taking such a long trip, and if we were ready to come home. It was a wonderful trip — so many interesting things to see and experience — and Seabourn took excellent care of us. So it was the opposite of a hardship! But by the end of five weeks, I was ready to come home.

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Spice section – Carrefours grocery store, Dubai

I find so many things interesting, wherever we are. For example, even the grocery stores are interesting — with different products and different presentations.

Preparing for a big trip is a lot of work … and coming home is a lot of work, too! Just working through the mountain of mail and laundry took us a couple of days. But, being retired, we aren’t worried about work email or work projects awaiting us. So that removes quite a bit of stress.

The advantage of traveling by cruise ship is that your hotel room travels with you. So unlike our Spain|Portugal|Morocco trip — where we were unpacking/packing every 1-2 days — we unpacked/packed only once. Not to mention that our floating hotel was awesome, with great service and dining.

But everything has pros and cons, and I would say that one “con” is that, on a cruise, you are only skimming the surface of the countries you are visiting. We landed at each port and spent maybe 8-10 hours at each one — only enough time to see a few highlights. Let me give one example. Several years ago, we spent one week touring Sri Lanka — which was amazing. So much history, culture and natural beauty! Yet we only had a very tiny glimpse of this at the port of Colombo.

But seeing even a little bit is better than not seeing it at all! As is the case with Bob’s short video of this trip, which merely skims the surface of all that we saw.

We are getting ready for a ski trip to Mammoth Mountain, California, where they have received more than 20 FEET of snow just in 2017 alone. The base is an incredible 300″ and they just got about 20″ last night. Powder, here we come!  — Diana

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