Rainy Afternoon in Dulles

Trip Start May 17, 2010
Trip End Jul 17, 2010

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Dulles International Airport

Flag of United States  , District of Columbia
Monday, May 17, 2010

Well guys... I'm 1/3 of the way to France! I've made it safely to Washington despite the annoying rain and here's a rundown of the trip so far.

Sleeping in is officially over. I went to bed last night around 0445 (I'll be using the 24 hour clock from here on out so bear that in mind), I woke up at 0640. Needless to say, I'm pretty tired. I spent the night before making a last minute trip to Walmart to grab some necessities and repacking my suitcase so I'd be all ready to go. No problems in the morning.


My family and I are driving about 8 miles away from my house when I realized I left the credit card that I used to purchase my tickets and a copy of my itinerary and passport. Major problem? Probably not. Too bad my mother didn't feel the same. We pulled a U-turn and headed back to the house to retrieve the potentially necessary items. Then we were on our way once again.

I feel the need to explain my affection for airports: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM. I feel like the airport is just such an exciting special place because it means you're about to go somewhere different. They are so large and open and enchanting for some reason. What's more, the plane is an awesome experience as well. Most times whenever you need to get anywhere, you'll drive or catch a bus; maybe catch a train. However, flying by plane is far superior to ground transportation. No work involved, just hop on the plane, look out the window and relax. My teensy United jet was even bearable. I slept 95% of the way and it was lovely. The hustle and bustle of an airport is invigorating and energizing. I'd even venture to say that they're my favourite part of the adventure. Well, at least up until now... I have a FIVE HOUR LAYOVER here. 

I've only been here for like an hour so far and I've just decided to occupy this little bit of my time by writing down my random thoughts and observations. For one, Dulles is probably the busiest airport I've ever been to. I mean just stampedes of busy people trying to make their flights. The pained, stressed, grimaces on these peoples faces is just pitiful. And here I am sitting so happy and relaxed. Apparently, this airport is quite huge, I just haven't had the chance to explore it yet.

Also, I've learned for the first time in my 19 year old life that wi-fi is NOT always free. I sat down fully expecting to be able to just log into whatever airport wi-fi connection was available. Nope. Totally wrong. I am paying $5.94 to use the internet for 24 hours. Admittedly not a bad deal, but still. Wi-fi that costs money to use? Not a fan.

As I'm sitting typing here in my hobo-chic combination sweatpants and FSU hoodie, I guess I should be really thankful for even being here. I had enough money for this trip, a blessing in itself, and plus, my plane didn't crash. I swear I was sitting on the plane this morning replaying that scene from Fight Club over and over in my head. You know, the first scene where "Jack" meets Tyler Durden on the plane? The line "Life insurance pays off triple if you die on a business trip." felt cannily appropriate, though my trip is no business trip and not even close. Anyway, I'm rambling now, I need to find a loo, and my boyfriend is mad at me for not texting him so I'll probably bring this one to a close. I miss EVERYONE already. I'll definitely be in touch though. Oh, and those "potentially necessary" items we scrambled home to retrieve? Totally unnecessary.

Until then, ADIEU guyss!


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Brandon on

Awesome! BE SAFE! I love airports too, thought i was the only one .lolol

Candice on


kennedi on

hay this is kennedi. thanks for emailing . Really you have to pay for wi-fi that is NOT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!Send me a souvenir. bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Imani Crittendon on

Wow Angela, you're going to have so much fun in Europe, my dad just came back & loved it! Dulles Airport is pretty busy (its right by my house) but I know how annoying paying for wifi can be!

Have fun and safe travels!!!

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