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We lifted up into the setting sun, chased it west halfway around the world, and left it in the air over Denver. The sun sunk with a fiery farewell, blackening the rugged profile of the Rockies. Then we landed into a huge grid of lights and blinked our way sleepily through the queues and questions in the bright glare of the terminal.

Today is day one of an itinerary that looks like a toddler scribbled on a map of the USA. The sun is shining, the weather forecast looks frightening (snow tomorrow, high of 2 and low of -5!) and my body, having had what it thinks is dinner, now wants to go to bed again.

It's been a long month, packing up my life in the UK and saying farewell (not goodbye) to the people who've made the last 12 years such a great adventure. I'm living out of a suitcase (and several bags) for the next two months and already it's annoying me. Small price in the grand scheme of this thing, this big experience.

Time to get out and about before this pillow beside me gets just too tempting!

Date: 2011-10-25 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladycat.livejournal.com
Oh my god, you've gone??? I didn't know it was so soon. I didn't say goodbye. I'm trashing everything right now. I'm so sorry :-( Have a wonderful trip sweetheart, and an amazing homecoming.

Date: 2011-10-26 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
You just take care of yourself sweetheart. I'll be back... bad smell and all that ;)

Date: 2011-10-25 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valkyriekaren.livejournal.com
Safe travels, lovely!

Date: 2011-10-26 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2011-10-26 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] easterbunny.livejournal.com
Welcome to the USA! Can't wait to see you guys.

Date: 2011-10-26 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Everyone is so bloody nice! It's great. Except the waiter we got into a fight with tonight as he charged a 20% "gratuity" on our dinner bill because we were bloody foreigners who they assumed didn't know how to tip. As it turns out they were kinda right (we knew to tip, but had gotten the % wrong) but the presumption just got our goat WHY CAN'T SOMEONE RUN THIS COUNTRY SO THINGS ARE PRICED WHAT THEY'RE WORTH INCLUDING PAYING SERVICE PEOPLE? Um, not you personally. Sales tax alone is doing my head in let alone tips, how on earth does anyone budget here? Can the entire population do 8% sales (on average for Denver, your city/service may vary) plus 20% tip in their head?

Anyway, a non-LJ friend recently told me Nashville was "boring". I said "YOU DON'T KNOW [livejournal.com profile] easterbunny!" (um, basically quite like that. I was actually insulted and I've never even been there. Yet). Can't wait!

Or "actually" to the non-jetlagged
Edited Date: 2011-10-26 04:29 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-26 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inulro.livejournal.com
Can the entire population do 8% sales (on average for Denver, your city/service may vary) plus 20% tip in their head?

A lot of people can. I do it without thinking.

For everyone else, there's the calculator. My less numerate friends don't go out to eat without one.

Date: 2011-10-26 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] capt-prickle.livejournal.com
Oh my god, the sales tax thing winds me up too!!

See you both soon!

Date: 2011-10-27 12:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itsjustaname.livejournal.com
I hate sales tax. Things should cost what it says on the price tag. It's just bloody annoying otherwise.

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