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AMEX Hostel

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My last day in Paraguay (day 9), was more of a few hours divided between a shower and morning coffee, saying goodbye to my extended family (Olivia said she would be very sad when I leave), and having to check my bag at the airport because it was: Too heavy to carry on, and they had a full flight. Reason number two mooted reason number one. Sound logic. She could have just told me it was a full flight. I’m hungry. Me hungry = me moody. Once I got through immigration, I called Meli to let her know I was safe on the “other side” and had somewhat of an awkward second goodbye, because it was a second goodbye. I thought I was going to cry, but I was able to choke back precipitation, even after seeing Baba’s eyes well up this morning as she sat in the firm grasp of her older sister. I ate half of a ham…

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Flighting Connections

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The emotions people experience after touchdown and prior to takeoff are not documentable. Family, friends and significant others have various ways of materializing the standard hello/goodbye into something much more tangible than the familiar two-syllable exchange. Inbound, I notice smiles, laughter, high-fives, handshakes, and running (sometimes) combined with an aerial hug and kiss. For variety, a three-quarter, or full spin is added, (and can even be followed with a smooch session, or hand-holding). Some are just simple head nods – usually between bros. Outbound, I observe aggressive waving, extended [group] hugs, low-fives and long kisses goodbye, many times combined with ocular condensation and/or the repeating, 15-degree shoulder twist. Feet remain stationary, while everything north of the knees rotates on a vertical axis back and forth. Bros exchange a fist bump, handshake hug or just a simple “later”. I people watch as all of this happens around me, traveling from gate to gate on the horizontal escalator….headphones in, with my music…

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