As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post…today is the day that we say goodbye to Italy!
The morning began super early! My alarm went off at 2 am! 😴 With the excitement of whats ahead, sleepiness was not an issue. We were loading the car with bags at 3:45 (thank you Staunton for the ride to the airport!!). Our flight was out of Venice at 6:30 am. Wes gave me the window seat so I was able to watch the sun rise over Italy as we said goodbye. ❤️🇮🇹
It was about a 2-hour flight to our connection in Amsterdam. Our flight to Atlanta was delayed by a few hours due to weather, so we had time to kill in the airport. By now I was running solely on caffeine ☕️ so food was on our agenda.
We stopped in at the DUTCH Kitchen and grabbed a sandwich. As I have mentioned repeatedly, I know that the month ahead will be primarily eating on the go, so I am trying to keep it as clean as possible as one can while dining out. (Also, I was keeping in mind that as soon as we landed in the states we were going to allow for one over the top indulgence😁). I had a caprese toaster sandwich, which is basically a Mediterranean Lacto-Vegetarian sandwich (and no, I am not vegetarian, but you will see as time continues that while eating out, I will often choose vegetarian due to it is often the healthier of choices in many restaurants). It contained Italian hard cheese, tomatoes and spinach. I had a side salad of mixed dark greens, potato wedges and zucchini, topped with oil and vinegar🌱. It was delicious.
Sitting and waiting, I managed to get this stud to jump in on a selfie❤️.
Finally, we were off to the U.S.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
I managed to get snips of everything I had to eat to showcase how I eat when traveling. When flying internationally in the past, it was usually around competition time so I always had prepped food with me. This trip however, I am simply trying to choose the best options available at hand.
Overall, the flight was around 10 hours, so the first snack was offered about an hour in: pretzels and almonds, and I also had a side of tomato juice 🍅 (micronutrients). For lunch, there were three meal options: Crusted chicken, some other form of chicken and Vegetarian lasagna. I opted for the lasagna. In-flight meals already contain an abundance of sodium an preservatives, so the lasagna seemed like the best of the three (due to the fact it is made with vegetables, which means less preservatives). It was made up mostly of bell peppers and zucchini. I ate half of the lasagna, half of the stick of bread, my side salad (and Wesley’s), and 2 crackers. I passed the cheese stick and cup of chocolate mousse over to Wes.
In the first half of the flight I watched back to back movies: Kidnap with Halle Berry and Home Again with Reese Witherspoon – Both I give two thumbs up 👍 hands down incredible movies!
The second snack was offered about six hours into the flight and the final meal just about an hour before landing. The snack was a package of crackers, a round of soft cheese, a chocolate coated marshmallow and almonds. I passed everything to Wesley except for the almonds, and I did have a single nibble of this marshmallow to see what it had to offer ☺️. For the final meal I chose the vegetarian pot pie. It was quite delicious! It was filled with broccoli florets, zucchini and a light cream sauce and encrusted with some sort of breading and topped with pumpkin seeds. On the side it offered a chocolate and caramel ice-cream, which I passed off to Wes as well…If I thicken him up over the trip, it just means I will look smaller even if I gain a pound or three 😜.
My last movie after a 30 minute catnap was, Wind River. This was by far one of the best movies I have seen in a long time! I highly recommend watching it to anyone!
Finally, after 10 hours we landed in Atlanta around 5:00 pm. If you have ever been to Atlanta airport you know that it is huge! From the plane to baggage claim is about a 15 minute hike. The walking was nothing in comparison to the wait in customs (holy cow!) I am all for security and I will never complain when it comes to safety measures, but a more organized system would have made things a lot quicker! We were finally grabbing a cab at 6:30 and had an appointment at the car dealership to pick up Wes’s truck he purchased at 7 pm. I give it to the cabby, he was quite the speedy Gonzalez. He managed to get us there at 7:08 and it was logged to be a 45 minute drive with heavy traffic. We made it just in time to the dealership, piled our luggage in the parking lot and had the paperwork completed by 8 pm. After a good stretch on route 75, we stop at Wendy’s (I really wanted chick-fil-a for our first American indulgence, but they were already closed), so a chicken, bacon, ranch sandwich it was- and it was AMAZING! 🍔
We headed to our friends Korey and Tiffany’s in south Georgia. These two have basically been our other half over the years. We were all in Florida together, Korea and then Italy. They left Italy a year ago and are now stationed in Ga. I managed to take a good long nap on the ride (I am usually a great passenger that won’t go to sleep, but I couldn’t do it after that chicken sandwich). Wes really is superman and takes care of everything❤️. We don’t have phone service yet or access to navigation so he was flying old school with a hand-drawn map and directions (I guess its still possible 😜). He woke me up within 5 minutes of pulling into their driveway. I managed to stay up and catch up for about and hour and then it was off to bed. Jet-Lag has always been far less of a problem when entering the time zone from this way (seeing that it is behind nearly 8 hours), so getting to sleep before the sun comes up should be good for getting on track rather easy.
Its great to be back in America 🙏