Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Rome Trip (Day 8) -- End of Trip!

Day 8: Tuesday, May 24
We hit the road at 7:30am to avoid any potential conflict with the motorcade that was due to pass through in the morning (the U.S. Ambassador's Residence is only about five minutes from the hotel), and we were at the airport and through security within one hour. The Star Alliance airport lounge, Le Anfore, provided some basic breakfast items along with the necessary morning coffee. During our nine-hour flight to Washington, D.C., I took full advantage of the seat-back personal entertainment system by watching five (!) movies, including three foreign films (Japanese, French, and Spanish) and two selections from the Tribeca Film Festival. Sweet!

Our flight arrived in D.C. almost one hour early, so we had an even longer layover than we expected. We spent the 3+ hours in the United Lounge, which we were able to access for no fee since we were traveling on an international itinerary. Sweet again! The lounge was relatively empty when we first arrived, so I was able to find a quiet corner to spread out and do a bit of yoga before settling in to enjoy the snacks and adult beverages available in the lounge. As we were waiting to board our flight to Sacramento, I looked up and saw my colleague L waiting for the same flight. She was coming back from a work conference... small world, right?!

After a long day of travel, we got home to the kitties around 9:45pm Sacramento time, which gave us just enough time to unpack and get ready to return to work the next day and still get to bed by about 10:30pm in an attempt to counter-act the effects of jet lag.


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