We woke up at 1:30 and it's now nearly 5. We are checked in, at the gate, and almost finished with our shared breakfast sandwich.
Already this trip is much different than my past trips. Our Atlanta layover is nearly 9 hours long, so David got a car and a room so we can nap and clean up in relative comfort and privacy. (This is one of the benefits of traveling with someone who is like platinum plus status at every travel company there is.) We are also traveling much heavier than I have before because he is more comfortable trusting porters than I usually am.
One thing that is the same is that we are both very well traveled. We packed well and with little stress and we are both "get to the airport early" people. It's a risk, going out of country for five weeks with someone, but (so far) I'm glad he's with me. I have already reserved the right to change my mind in two weeks, though, just in case.
Tomorrow morning, I'll be in Santiago, Chile.