Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Yesterday's Travel Adventure

Shh!  It's a secret.  We skipped town yesterday for a new adventure.  On Sunday I dug a narrow passageway through the snow to the street (the driveway was full of drifted snow) so that we could sneak off in the shuttle that picked us up at 3 a.m. on Monday.  I-95 was clear and we were at the airport in no time at all.  Our 6  a.m. flight was a go!  How could everything be going so smoothly?  Well, wait, wait, for the rest of the story.

Passengers boarded that flight to Miami in a festive mood.  It had not been cancelled like so many others.  Then the bubble of good fortune burst when we were told that everything was set to go, except for the fact that there were no pilots to fly the plane.  The pilots were in Dallas or Miami, flying from there to Philly to fly our plane to Miami!  Everyone got off the plane--stood in line for two hours making arrangements (or trying to do so) for connecting flights--and waiting.   At 10:30 we boarded the flight to Miami (with pilots this time--all the way from Miami) and arrived safely there at 1:30 p.m. (10 hours after leaving home). We were unable to get confirmed seats on the last plane (6:05 p.m.) of the day flying to San Jose, Costa Rica--our destination.  We were on stand-by, however,  and fortunately there were seats available (and pilots).  We arrived in Costa Rica at 8:45 EST.  Our luggage did not!  So I stood in another line for another hour or so attempting to find our luggage.  "Ah, your luggage is in Miami," well, who would have guessed!

If you travel, you must be prepared for adventure like this and you must have a good travel agent to help you along the way.  We have Rose and how grateful we are for her.  I texted her as we left Miami.  When we arrived in San Jose, someone was there to take us to our hotel, with or without baggage.  Today, we'll be with my nephew who lives here in Costa Rica. We may be in yesterday's clothing and our hair a bit out-of-kilter, but we've had a peaceful rest, a shower, and even brushed our teeth with complimentary brushes and paste. My gypsy heart is having a blast!  

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