I am REALLY feeling ready to get back to the States. I have been in Delhi for about a week now sorting out how I can get myself home as soon as possible.
Then a friend who works for an airline so generously offered to let me use a “buddy pass” which meant that I was “listed” to fly standby tonight, hypothetically arriving back in Iowa at the Cedar Rapids Airport on Tuesday morning. So I went to the airport tonight and found out that flying standby is really not my favorite thing. ; )
I went to the airport feeling SO excited to finally be headed home after this great big huge adventure here in India. These past few days I have been feeling SO supremely grateful now that I am through the toughest part of this journey and am having all these realizations about the innumerable gifts and blessings of it all….feeling REALLY blissed out…so it kind of felt like I ran face first into a brick wall at top speed when at about 11 pm they informed me that the flight was full. I turned and walked away from the counter feeling pretty disappointed. I reluctantly called a driver to pick me up and bring me back to the Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital (way on the other side of the city) where I have been staying here in Delhi.
After about an hour, the driver called to let me know that he had arrived and so I started to walk through the door to meet him outside of the airport. And I was quite shocked to be stopped by security. They wouldn’t let me out of the airport! After some less than optimal communication with various airport employees (including security guards carrying huge guns) I found out that they had to locate a United Airlines employee to escort me out of the airport. After about 20 minutes a woman came and I was able to leave the airport. The whole thing was pretty wild and the man at the Info. Desk informed me that “security in India is different.”
Honesty it was kind of an awful experience spending six hours in all doing all of this only to find myself right back at the Maharishi Hospital where I began before leaving for the airport this evening! Of course, everything is always unfolding as it should, and surely this will all work out and I’ll get back to the States, but right now I’m feeling VERY tired and not sure how to get home.
It’s after 3 am and I’m looking at flights, which all cost a minimum of about $1,200 – $1,400 U.S. which is definitely out of my price range at the moment. I knew they were going to be quite a bit, which is why I was looking for another option, but I really just don’t think that flying standby is going to be the way to go. At the airport they said that tomorrow’s standby situation looks even worse that tonight’s, and I don’t have it in me to go through that again. I just really want to have a proper flight because at this point because I’m SO ready to just get home. It’s time! I want to be back and rested SOON so I can celebrate my BIRTHDAY on Saturday with my loved ones in Fairfield and begin my new year in the best way possible!!!
Serendipitously, my friend David sent me this short video today which I watched just now in amazement. YES, it’s time now for the “RETURN” part of this journey.
It’s after 4 am now, so I’m going to get some sleep, dreaming and praying for a miracle so that I can get home. All love and prayers extremely grateful in this moment.
When I wrote to my friend Linda to tell her what was going on, she wrote back a lovely email which concluded, “Know that Nature is not going to abandon you at this stage. She’s orchestrated your life so magnificently until now, why should she stop?” Surely this is true.
Thank you for being with me throughout this process. I love you and I’ll see you soon ♥