The Girl arrived at the airport 45 minutes before the bag check counter opens. Oops! She didn’t need to wake her roommate as early as she did – sorry, Roomie! Oh well, she’ll have a lemon-and-cheese croissant and some apple juice while she waits. The Girl has discovered that strangers are less likely to talk to her during her travels if she reads about infectious diseases and therefore may respond to said strangers with information about, for example, cholera.

Little Turtle and The Girl made it home to Portland International Airport safe and sound. The journey out to England was so much longer – about 49 sleepless hours – but heading home was only 15 hours total. The Girl was sitting next to such an annoying and space-hoggy person on the long flight back; he even stuck his stinky feet under the seat in front of her, right up against her backpack! And the plane was delayed taking off because it was apparently waiting for him and his smelly tuna sandwich and his loud headphones. Rude. So rude, Unknown Dude. Don’t kick The Girl in the ankle, or she will spend the whole flight thinking of the snarkiest things to write about you on Little Turtle Travels, only to forget them all by the time she has wifi.

Little Turtle and The Girl are on the road! ..Sort of. Technically, they’re at Portland International Airport. The carpeting at the airport is going to be replaced soon, so a lot of designers are putting the pattern onto commemorative mugs, water bottles, t-shirts, and even socks. Soon they’ll be on their way to see The Guy – how exciting!