Gypsy's Travels


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Travels with Em - Days 1&2



When you travel towards the rising sun, you lose time, so we had two days in one without much sleep. Em has been SO excited. She manifests her excitement by talking, talking, talking.

We flew Air Canada to Toronto, were delayed by a heavy thunderstorm, and finally made our way on to London Heathrow Airport. It was a good trip, the first time I have flown this airline. I am sure they have tightened our belts to help keep profits up and not have to raise prices too much. Fortunately, both our bags were under 50 pounds and we did not have to pay the surcharge, an extra $25-50. We each had only one bag and a backpack which saved the 2nd checked bag fee. I had ordered lactose-free meals, which turned out to be VILE. I will try to change to regular meals and take my chances.

There was nothing to eat, not even a snack or peanuts, on the Austin / Toronto leg of the trip, so we arrived in Toronto very hungry. After clearing immigration (even though we were only staying a couple of hours), we found our gate and eventually found the agent who wandered over from one of the airport shops.
"Yes," he told us, "you have time to eat because your departure has been delayed."
It had been 8 hours since our last meal and Em likes to graze every 2 hours.The late hour did not offer much choice other than junk food, which would have delighted Em but I refused. We finally found a small place, ordered some chicken strips, and I positioned myself in a spot where our departure gate was visible. Just as the meal was delivered, I saw everyone who had been waiting at our gate, get up, and head down the hallway. The agent was pushing someone's wheelchair and we were still trying to calm our rumbling stomachs.

To be continued.......

5 comments:

  1. What a start to your trip, although it has occurred several times with us in the past. But you can get on line it seems.

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  2. Can't wait to hear more!!! Tell Em I love her and miss her.

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  3. I don't know if I've said it before, but I *love* how involved you are in the lives of the grandkids. You really do make an effort to give them each special memories of their time with you. They're lucky to have you!

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  4. I think the air lines only feed you enough food to keep you a live while you are on their plain.

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  5. Isn't it amazing how we can communicate through cyberspace. I am happy to know someone is reading this. Thanks for all your comments.
    ABWF - I just try to be the grandparent I think I would have liked to have had. I do hope they have happy memories of me and their DGP who made it possible.

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