On June 16th my alarm clock went off at the very depressing hour of 4AM.
When I rolled over to wake my boyfriend up I realized he had never gone to sleep (seeing as he was dressed and sitting in the corner of the room), and this was because he was so excited to travel he couldn't possibly get to sleep. That day, we had to make it a little hop skip and a jump from San Francisco, California to Frankfurt, Germany... that's 5,672 miles or, in total, 11 hours on a plane, jumping 9 time zones. THAT will screw you up. But my boyfriend had an ingenious plan (according to him) to beat jet lag, in which case he didn't sleep for 48 hours and exhausted himself fully until we couldn't possibly take being awake any longer, which was until about 4:30 PM on Tuesday June 17th.
Traveling is exhausting and stressful. Don't let anyone fool you if they say that it's an easy thing to do. By the time I actually make it to my house in Germany, I usually have lost all motor function, seeing as my body is ready to sleep wherever I stand. I can't sleep on planes. never have, never will, and on this occasion, we actually happened to get business class (the perks of flying stand by!). i thought, "Finally! I have a seat that lays flat! I will have a bed and I will sleep!"
Well the joke was on me, because I did not sleep. I dosed in and out for 2 hours but came no where near to my body actually fully resting. Besides having eaten enough food to feed the entire plane, I was ready to call it quits by the time we were flying over Ireland for sunrise.
I am mildly exaggerating of course. If traveling was so miserable, I wouldn't do it. What I do enjoy, in the case of this trip, is getting to my destination and sleeping for 15 hours to try and kick jet lag (also a losing battle). After going to bed in the middle of the afternoon and waking up in the middle of the night ready to start the day (no kidding?) we can all agree that I failed miserably at conquering jet lag... my boyfriend, however, did not. And I hate him for it.
This is why I can't do nice things.