Finally en route to Dubai and Yemen

Trip Start Dec 15, 2008
Trip End Dec 23, 2008

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Monday, December 15, 2008

At 10 am this morning I decided to try again to make it to Yemen.  Suzan drove me to the airport with Sophia sleeping in her car seat, and I got a no-cost seat to Dulles sitting in coach.  I was hopeful that I would make it to Dubai this time, although I should have stayed in Washington the first time I tried 2 nights ago since I would have gotten on the Dubai flight the next day (last night). 
I was glad to have a little more time at home, helping out with Sophia, letting Suzan sleep in for a couple of more mornings, going with the two of them to Sunday Mass, visiting the cousins at Mom and Dad's house, and going to Grace Community Church for a "Walk through Bethlehem".  It was ironic to take a photo of Sophia in front of a camel there on a day I expected to be seeing camels in the Middle East instead of Glendora.  It was just about 2 years exactly since we took similar photos of Sophia and camels in Dubai.
I was trying once more to get to Dubai and Yemen, seeing that I was packed and I really wanted to get to a new country where I could get some great photos, experiences, and knowledge. 
The flight to Dulles was done in near record time of 3 hours and 55 minutes thanks to a fine tailwind.  I sat in coach but it was an exit row seat with plenty of leg space.  The guy next to me had taken the last flight out to LA last night, arrived at 1 am, had a morning meeting, and now was flying back home just 12 hours after arriving.  I wasn't the only one who crisscrossed the country so nonchalantly.   I didn't even bother watching the movie, but worked on Sudoku puzzles and read about Dubai and Washington DC.  This time I planned to see a bit of DC if I couldn't get on the flight to Dubai.
I called Suzan and was happy to hear that a flight to Dulles from Houston was delayed, and had about 50 passengers connecting to Dubai.  Suddenly the oversold flight had plenty of seats, and I started hoping for First or Business Class.  I was very lucky to snag the last seat in First, and I could barely grasp that I was going to be going to the Middle East after all.  Just a day earlier I had basically surrendered and accepted that I wouldn't get to Yemen.
I called Suzan as soon as I settled into seat 2A of the 747, and she quickly tried to purchase a ticket for me to fly Dubai to Sana'a.  For some reason the credit cards we used were declined, so I was bound for Dubai without a confirmed place to stay or a ticket to Yemen.  I wasn't terribly concerned, as I could always sleep overnight in the Dubai airport if I had to, and I could buy a ticket in person for the Sana'a flight if I had to.  And if worse came to worse, I would just see Dubai (again) if I couldn't get on the flight to Yemen. 
All in all I was very happy to be on my way to Dubai, paying nothing for the flight thanks to Suzan's performance pass.
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