Published April 14th, 2017 by Unknown

Ok, well I'm writing this post on the actual second day because I was too exhausted at the end of the first day of the 2017 Iyeoka Paper Hearts Tour. My first day was actually on Thursday, when I left my parents' home in Eastern North Carolina at 8am en route to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. I flew all day and night through, Newark, on to Munich and finally arriving Izmir, Turkey on Friday afternoon at 5pm.

Luckily I didn't get thrown off my United flight and the Lufthansa experience was amazing so I had as much rest as can be expected on such a long haul across the pond. Keep in mind, my journey had started one week before when I left Hawaii, planning a 3-day stop on the East Coast to break up the trip. I am literally completely around the globe from whence I started.

As I looked out the window of many airline seats, it struck me how similar we all are. The landscapes really aren't all that different, the houses and villages clustered below. Businesses bustle and cars zip along the highways. So much turmoil in the world now it seems and I wonder why we all can't just get along?

Anyhow, I'd have to say that my first day's theme was a lot about frustration. It seems ridiculous to state the obvious, but things all around the world just work differently. Plugs are different, wifi availability is different, phones, work differently, people speak differently. Duh. Just duh. But when all of these things happen simultaneously, it can make one frustrated. Especially when one is bone tired.

I spent my entire afternoon on a chat with four to five Verizon reps trying to sort out why my phone wasn't dialing out or accepting phone calls from the US. But I did manage to capture this little gem.

After some room service and a good night's sleep on a bed from the heavens, I feel much better and am happy that I didn't post last night. This tour with Iyeoka is such a blessing and is all about #spreadhope.

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