"Looks like we're on top of cotton candy!" Martie, the elderly woman seated next to me, exclaimed as we ascended above the clouds.
|Crystal looking out the window of the plane|
Later, as we saw flight attendants passing by, Martie explained that when she was a stewardess, the women had to be a certain weight, and anyone exceeding 130 pounds, "wouldn't cut it." I found this completely demeaning and unfair, but Martie wasn't the least bit fazed by it. I think it is so interesting, and very relevant to the course I am about to begin, that not very long ago, women had so little rights, and in some parts of the world, they still don't. I hope that in this program I can learn more about how to change that.
After our first flight, we had a layover, and got on another flight to Providence. This time I sat next to Sonya, another W&L student. Rushing onto the plane, we didn't notice that the seats we had chosen didn't have a window! It was a dull, dull flight. Before long, we forgot about the window and were both lamenting about how much we miss our cats (and our parents).
|Sonya really wanted a window...|
Once we got off the plane and into our car (which is a huge, white van in which we could barely fit our suitcases) I started to realize how truly hot it was. On the plane, Martie had told me, "you're going to roast!" and at this moment, I realized that she was right. It was hotter than I'd even imagined!
In the car, we passed a lot of interesting people and sights, including architecture, which, because of my architect father, I have grown to appreciate. I saw a Shakespeare theater building, and as an aspiring playwright and director, I could not help but take a picture. Noticing all the different sights and people walking about made me remember something Martie had said on the plane: "Rhode Island is extremely white. There are only white people there." But looking around, I found that it is actually a very diverse place. I noticed right away that I have seen so many different types of people so far. Providence definitely isn't as diverse as the Bay Area, but it is more so than I expected after Martie's comment.
When we got to the hotel, everyone was immediately surprised at how elegant and fancy it is. It is definitely not what we were expecting. When I got up to the room that I share with Sonya and Julia, I was exhausted. The day had been overwhelmingly stressful for me, and I wished we could go to sleep soon.
Instead, we walked to a nearby burger place to get dinner. The food was delicious... But I couldn't finish it. It was just too much. Sonya would not let me forget that, and even took a picture of me with my half-eaten hamburger trying to guilt trip me into forcing myself to finish it. I prevailed, and left it on the plate, untouched.
Overall, I think that our first day in Rhode Island went exceptionally well, and I can't wait to experience more.
|Sonya was exhausted!|