Monday, November 12, 2012

Chillin’ and Thinkin’ in Delhi

Airport Pods.  Less cool than you'd think


I do not like travel Sam I Am.  I do not like being corralled into Airline Cattle Class and forced to eat glorified TV dinners with elbows pinned to my side.  I do not like blessed souls reclining their seats oblivious to the discomfort this causes me.  And I do not like 12 hour layovers in Delhi Airport Sam I Am.

And I do not like “Snooze Pods” that promise you:

  • Free WiFi
    I got maybe one hour’s worth before it went belly up.  This at least gave them chance to contact my wonderful wife who is holding down the fort at home
  • A quiet place to sleep
    “Flight Eight. Oh.  Six.  To.  Auckland. Will be leaving at Six.  Fifteen.  At gate Sixty. Three.” soon drives you mad.
  • A place to charge your laptops and cellphones.
    Well sure, if your electronic goods have Indian style plugs on them

What I do like about these long periods of boredom (interspersed with frantic dashing around) is that it gives you a chance to think about why you endure these journeys.

This particular journey will take me to the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal to find a location for School for Andy 2: Meaningful Volunteer’s second solar powered school dedicated to Andy Manley who died tragically in a house explosion in Madison, Wisconsin.

I am on this journey with:

Much like Uganda, we will be looking for locations that are:

  • Safe
  • In a rural area, 
  • Has access to clean water
  • Has cell phone coverage (and therefore internet coverage)
  • Is close enough to a city so that building supplies are easily accessed

One thing I do like about travel is that it gives you a chance to think and plan and try to work out what you are doing right, what you are doing wrong, and what you can do better.\

And think I have.

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