It's all good...Releasing apprehension...

Two years ago today, this elephant seal on Steeple Jason Island didn't care for our photo taking antics. For more photos, please click here.
This trip to India will be my first foray into testing my "new normal" after having open heart surgery almost one year ago on February 12, 2019. Of course, there's a little apprehension about the prospect of the long upcoming flights and the busy days in India where we'll be on a guided tour for 55 days, doing something new and different each and every day.

The past year was spent with considerable down time, allowing me to heal at my own pace, rarely feeling rushed or imposed upon with responsibilities and obligations I couldn't easily handle.

Now that we're facing a very long flight of almost 30 hours, this time in coach, not business class, which includes an 8-hour layover and two overnight flights on either end, no doubt, I am a little apprehensive.

Neither of us are able to sleep sitting up. Sure, once in a while we nod off while watching a show, perhaps dozing for five or ten minutes at most. Also, the seats on a plane aren't nearly as comfortable as a recliner or sofa in any of our past vacation/holiday homes.

It's odd that this flight includes two-overnight flights. That transpires due to the fact of the various time changes and the 8-hour daytime layover in London. I'm not looking forward to it. Then again, neither of us ever looks forward to flying, mainly due to layovers, lots of waiting and uncomfortable seating.

As for the priority lounge, we've decided to check them out once we arrive at Heathrow Airport. We've been reading varying reviews on these lounges and feel its important to see what they're like before spending the extra fees, some of which are close to $200 for the two of us. We shall see.

As for today, we'll slow down the socializing, although this afternoon, after we've done the laundry and packed what we're keeping into our respective suitcases, we're meeting up with Eugene and Gene for one final round of buck euchre. 

After playing cards, we'll head back to our place, to have dinner and do any last minute packing. Although we don't have to leave for the airport until late afternoon on Wednesday, we'd like to have almost everything handled by the end of today, leaving us free for a few last minute tasks such as returning the furniture to its original positioning and tidying up the park model.

Tomorrow, we'll post the final expenses for our 82 days in the US in Minnesota, Nevada, and Arizona, which began on November 8, 2019 and ends on January 29, 2020. I've already put together all of the numbers but didn't include the cost for new clothing and digital equipment we'd purchased while here.

Regardless of a smidgen of apprehension, I'm mentally and physically prepared for the challenge ahead, as is Tom. Once we're settled into our hotel in Mumbai we'll be greatly relieved to have this long journey behind us. From there, it should be pure pleasure and we'll share every moment.

Happy day and evening to all!
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Photo from one year ago today, January 27,2019:
This was an exciting sighting for us, the elusive Nyala which we'd never seen during this past year in South Africa.  From this site:  The handsome slate-brown shaggy coat is marked with white vertical stripes and spots on the flanks. Rams appear more charcoal-gray in color. The rams have long inward curved horns 650 mm (26 inches) and a white chevron on their face. They have a ridge of long hairs along the underparts, from behind the chin to between the hind legs, they also have a mane of thick, black hair from the head along the spine to the rump. Rams weigh 115 kg (254 pounds) and measure 1.05 m (41 inches) at the shoulders. Ewes are much smaller and do not have horns, and weigh 59 kg (130 pounds) and stand 900 mm (35 inches) at the shoulders. Ewes are chestnut-coated with even more prominent white stripes on the flanks. For more photos, please click here.

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