Daniel is travelling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes
 - Elton John

That one goes out to my sister who should be Madrid, Spain right now. She’s off to do a few months of study abroad. I remember when I did my own trip almost 6 years ago, I remember walking off the plane into a place (a continent!) I had never been to before, I didn’t speak the native language … it was all so new, so daunting, and so exciting.

I remember the long arms of Schipol’s concourses with the summer 7am sunlight streaming in through the windows. I trudged down the concourses into customs and before I knew it, I was there, in a place I had thought so much about in the preceding months.

I guess I still get that feeling ever time I go far away.

In the movie version of my life, all international arrivals and departures will have a soundrack of Ladytron songs (preferably the track “Lights and Magic”). Wouldn’t it be a glamrous fate for us all to have that?