So, here I am, sitting in a surprisingly comfortable chair at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. If all goes well, in a few hours, I'm going to be boarding a flight bound for Heathrow Airport, and then travelling to Scotland (Edinburgh, to be precise) for a week, with a week in Dublin, Ireland, to follow. It's the first time I've gone on such a long trip to such far-away places since 2005, and while i've noticed that there have been a few changes in the way that air travel is conducted here, for the most part I still feel as nervous-comfortable with it (if that makes any sort of sense) as I ever did. Nervous, because there is always so much that can go wrong with any given trip, but comfortable because I'm something of a gypsy at heart (apparently some of my ancestors a long way back actually were Gypsies, by the way); I love to travel.
But then, I'm a white person travelling with a group of other white people, so that's bound to make a few things a little bit easier.
This isn't going to turn into another one of my long rambles about privilege, by the way; I know you're probably getting a little tired of those by now! It was just an observation that I felt was worth making.
Anyway, the reason why I'm travelling is that my church choir is going "on the road," so to speak; we'll be singing at churches in Scotland and Ireland while we're away. I anticipate, as I have experienced on other, similar trips, a good experience overall, spiritually and otherwise. I love singing in old churches like the ones where we'll be; somehow it helps me to put so much into perspective. In the next couple of weeks, I'll probably be blogging about this in rather more depth than I am now But I'd like to note, at the beginning of the journey (sort of, anyway; I flew to Pearson from the airport near my hometown this morning), that although I am understandably nervous about being away from my own country for so long, and about having decided to bring my laptop with me, I'm also very much looking forward to seeing Scotland again, and to seeing Ireland for the first time. I have roots in both countries, after all, and besides, I'm with a great group of people.
This is going to be fun. :)