Alice successfully landed on Scottish soil last night and I on American. I am not quite home yet, but almost. This must be the longest, most complicated return itinerary I've ever had...but its close to being complete!
Yesterday was an exhausting day, as international travel days always are. There were some delays, but mostly it went smoothly. No issues at customs, no problems with all the COVID and travel documentation requirements, and even my checked backpack made it in one piece. Most importantly, the plane took off and landed safely, something I was instantly thankful for after Alice sent an email from the Icelandic rental company. We are lucky we got out of Iceland without trouble.
Thankful to be back on home ground, I grabbed a rental car at Logan International Airport in Boston and decided to drive only one hour outside the city before searching for the nearest affordable hotel (thank you, Expedia app). It was only 8:45pm when I made it to the hotel and I probably could have driven father, but I've learned that jet lag is a tricky beast. You may feel fine, but your senses are most definitely not. And seeing as I went back five hours as I crossed the Atlantic (a 29 hour day!) it certainly didn't feel like only 8:45pm. So I took the safe route and spent the night in Auburn, MA. My internal body clock is currently very confused as its been through three times zones in 24 hours (West Greenlandic, Greenwich Mean Time, and now Eastern Standard Time). I was not surprised that I woke up on my own around 5am. When it was clear I would not gain anymore sleep, I decided to write this update then head out. I still have a four drive to Syracuse Airport where I will return the rental car and be picked up by my husband. We will then make the two and a half hour trip north to home. As I said, longest return trip ever. After a few more COVID tests I will be ready to jump back into life. In the coming days I plan to post my concluding thoughts on this trip, some more of our outputs from Sisimiut and Greenland Science Week, and maybe even some preliminary plans for the future. Hans, Alice, and I were already dreaming up what comes next before leaving Greenland. I will need a few days to recover and spend with my kids...but that wrap up content will come!
I am an anthropology professor, writer, researcher and global traveler. In fall of 2021, I led an experiential eLearning project connecting US students (and others) with the people, places, and industries of Greenland. I redesigned a research trip into a virtual field trip for my students who didn't have any Study Abroad options. All of the videos, photos, interviews, and storytelling are still here to enjoy!