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Recently I announced I grounded myself from all flights within North America where I do 90% of my work. On Tuesday I will take the bus from home to Harrisburg, PA (1 hour, $18 one-way) then spend the night with friends, so I can get my 5 AM train to Burlington, NC (11 hours with 90 minute layover in Philadelphia, $107 one-way)

What I look forward to on this particular journey.
1. Hanging out with friends in Harrisburg who I don’t get to see often. We will have a nice dinner and catch up

2. 11 hours in a train. This may seem awful to some, but I am reading an amazing memoir by Japanese poet, Mutsuo Takahashi, so look forward to long stretches of uninterrupted reading. Also, I have about 60 pages of my own memoir completed and need to do some edits. I expect to get through most of it by the time I pull into Burlington.

3. I purchased a fetching bento lunch box along with a set of travel cutlery and chopsticks. The bento box has little compartments for rice, vegetables, tofu, etc, stuff I like to eat but they surely do not serve in Amtrak’s Cafe Car (Although they do offer Annie’s Vegan Burgers–which they ALWAYS overcook in the microwave.

I most definitely will NOT miss going through airport security along with the car ride to the the airport, the two flights and then long car ride to my destination

Bento box arrives tomorrow. Yay.

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