Our trip to Europe started with a big Delta jetliner from Salt Lake City to New York City on Tuesday evening 6 May 2014. It was fairly full of an eclectic international crowd of many young and interesting people of all colors. Although I observed fancy headgear from turbans to yarmulkes, willowy red-headed performing arts women and striking black men, the couple in front of us dozing across two seats in a figure 8 with her perched atop of him, I was mostly numb from observing as the departure was time to rest from all the anxiety of lengthly preparations for a 5-week journey.
We were all smiles and confidence. Rachel snapped a hundred fly by cloud pictures, and has got to be nearing her card’s capacity already.
Landing at midnight, the transition at JFK went smoothly and a reserved shuttle brought us into Manhattan, bursting out of the Queensboro Midtown Tunnel, with the purple lit tower of the Empire State Building glowing like a beacon guiding us in. We wound through the east side from Rockefeller Center, 42nd Street, and Times Square before dropping us off on the Upper West Side at 2am.