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My Journey to Bangladesh: Day 1 (The Airport)

llett Modified: May 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm •  Published: May 23, 2013

It’s travel day. Five media professionals from OKC, many from University of Oklahoma, left the Oklahoma City airport at a time when our city is left bruised after the Moore tornado. I have been anticipating this media professional exchange to Bangladesh since I heard about it a month ago, but now it’s difficult to leave OK at such a tragic time in the neighborhood where I grew up. As we flew out of OKC the pilot slowed down and the passengers, some from CNN, took notice of the aerial view of the destruction that had taken hold of the area. I know that Bangladesh is anticipating our arrival and even more so worried about the state they had just left. Each city experienced tragedies in the past few weeks. The deadliest industrial disaster in the country of Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 a month ago. Now, just two weeks after leaving Norman for their part of the exchange, a disaster in Moore hits. This will be a bittersweet trip.

Day 1: Depart OKC 4:15

Day 1: Arrive in Atlanta at 7 p.m.

Day 1: Leave Atlanta at 10 p.m.

Day 1: Arrive in Dubai at 8 p.m. (That’s a 14 hour flight) The Dubai airport looks more like something out of La Guardia with lots of shopping and entertainment. We got a reservation at the lounge since it’s a 5 hour layover. It includes free WIFI (so I can write this), a full buffet and open bar. Showering is extra charge, and there’s now sleeping allowed. Darn the luck. We’ve time traveled nine hours and a little sleep would do a body good. Apparently this homeopathic “Jet Lag Prevention” isn’t working.

Day 1: Depart Dubai at 2 a.m.

Day 1: Arrive in Bangladesh at 8 a.m.