Hi! My name is Ms. Thompson. I am a third grade teacher at the Collegiate School in New York. Join me as I study bottlenose dolphins in the waters of Greece!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Ready for Take Off!

Five, four, three, two, one.....
Blast off!

That's not what the pilot said, but that's what was going through my head as the engine roared to life and the plane taxied down the runway. It was actually pretty exciting, even though, I was scared. But, I knew that in ten hours I would be in Greece and on my way to help save the bottlenose dolphins. All of the tips the third graders gave me sure came in handy while I was on the plane. I chewed the gum to help my ears from popping and I wore my fuzzy socks. Breathing in through my nose and exhaling out through my mouth helped to calm my nerves when I started to get anxious. I had lots of reading material--Mrs. Dixon would have been proud--to keep me entertained. Thanks to my comfy neck pillow I was able to sleep most of the time.

Things I learned while waiting for take off:
  • There are a lot of weird noises on planes.
  • People talk while pilot or flight attendants are giving directions--Shhh! I can't hear what they are saying and it's probably important.
  • No electronics during take-off. I wonder why?
  • It's hard to concentrate on breathing technique while chewing gum.
  • Blankets on planes are very thin.
  • No barf bags, UH-OH!

So far my journey has been pretty exciting. I can't wait to see what Athens is like. How do you think the Athens airport might be different from JFK? I guess we will soon find out.



At April 16, 2010 at 3:58 PM , Blogger alexragone said...

Keep up the great blogging. Looking forward to following along! Loving the photos too. Great work, Nicole!

At April 17, 2010 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Paulina said...

Why did you say that you needed a barf bag?

At April 18, 2010 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Nicole T. said...

People on planes use them if they feel like they might throw-up. Luckily I didn't need it.

At April 18, 2010 at 4:42 PM , Blogger mhutchinson said...

I left you a comment on Friday but it didn't seem to post. Did you look carefully in the pocket in front of you? The barf bag should have been there!

At April 19, 2010 at 8:19 AM , Blogger Nicole T. said...

Yes, I looked, but all that was in there were shopping catalogues. I guess if I got really desperate I could have used one of those!

At April 19, 2010 at 2:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm happy your plane ride went well.


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