Prepared for Takeoff
There is something slightly electric in the air when a plane is loaded & ready for takeoff; More so when you are heading to a known tourist destination.
Friends traveling together add exclamations of laughter as more people pile in. Hoards of tourists embark; each individual looking more eager & a bit out of place than the last.
Large groups may even complete with nametags. Lanyard laden “flags” that serve as a tagging system. A surefire indicator that the individual is probably thinking, “I’m not sure what’s going on here…”
Happy to be seperate from the heard, there’s a comfort that comes with traveling alone. The sensation of being a quiet observer rather than one of the bustling, chattering masses.
A smuttering of languages surrounds me, all combining into a hum of energy staccatoed by friendly laughter. Passengers are joyous, filled with excitement.
Nothing quiet comes close to the flood of excitement you experience just before a trip.
So may unknowns.
So many questions.
Often, you never really travel to get away from it all but instead, to get closer to yourself.
Next stop, Greece. The city of Athena.