|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:
- Heather Evans
Meaningful Volunteer’s program coordinator
- Patti Manley
- Melissa Sorensen
A seasoned volunteer who help built the first School For Andy
Much like Uganda, we will be looking for locations that are:
- 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.