And We’re Off!

December 29, 2007

Introduction:  Tom and Helen Martin hail from Springfield, OH.  They have one dog, four children, two children-in-law, and one beautiful granddaughter, with another grandchild on the way.  This Blog is related to their experiences as they traveled to Sri Lanka where Tom served as a Fulbright Scholar.  It includes Amsterdam, Cairo, Nile Cruise, Sri Lanka, Agra India, Jaipur India, Beijing China and Xian China.

Tom – Dianne and Pat picked us up at high noon and drove us to the Dayton airport.  As we were saying goodbye, Dianne gave Helen a St. Christopher medal to keep us safe!  Our two large checked suitcases weighed 50 and 57 pounds (both were opened and inspected by security), our carry-on suitcases were about 30 pounds each, Helen’s backpack 10 pounds and mine 20 pounds (included laptop).  The NWA flight was suppose to leave Dayton at 3:15 but was delayed until 5:30.  Fortunately, we had a long layover scheduled for Detroit.  We got there about 6:30 and our flight left the gate for Amsterdam at 7:10pm.

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