I’m in the airplane, and I’m going home.
They say there’s no place like home, and they’re right. Having been away from home (and homeland) for so long, I can honestly say that I’m ready to come back. As much as I loved India and getting in touch with my roots, and even though I learned and gained so much, I’m still an American boy. Home is home, no matter what, and it’s time for me to return to it. This is only the second time in my life that I’ve been away from home for more than a month or two, the first time being when I was 9 and went to Chinmaya International Residential School (CIRS) for 6 months in India. The only difference between then and now is that this time I’m older, and can do stuff on my own… hence the traveling.
The airplane is currently somewhere near the Rankin Inlet, over the Hudson Bay.
The current time in Chicago is 1:45 AM.
The current time where I am is also 1:45 AM (this inlet is directly north of Chicago).
The current time in New Delhi is 12:15 PM.
The estimated arrival time is 4:31 AM in Chicago, which is about 2400 kilometers away.
The airplane is at an altitude of 11582 meters, with a ground speed of approximately 959 kmph.
It’s -47ºC outside.
I’ve been in the airplane for a little over 12 hours now, watching movies, reading, sleeping, and writing. It makes me think of the crazy amount of flying I have done since I got to India. I’ve never taken that many flights in such a short amount of time. In the words of one of my uncles when he found out about my itinerary before I came to India, “His itinerary is like that of a high-flying executive!” and indeed it was. I will be arriving home shortly, and resuming life back at home!