My Life as a Traveler

Happy New Year: At the Airport Going to Spain!

Happy New Year!

It’s January 1st. What better way to start 2012 than at the airport and then on a flight to Spain! We have a 9 day cruise booked from Barcelona to Funchal, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Malaga, Spain, with a couple of days on the beach before and a day in the city before we fly back home. So exciting to visit places we haven’t been before.

But let’s back up the trolley a bit to December 30th. Morgan is throwing up and is too sick to do anything. If we had to leave then, we would have had to cancel. Yikes! And did I learn my lesson from the Alaska trip and purchase insurance? NO. We never get sick.

However, on the 31st, he’s feeling a bit better. George and I, fearing that it was a contagious bug, laid really low, not even going to the annual New Year’s Eve party at our friends, the Sheelers. We had nightmares of throwing up on the plane, or worse, not being able to board the ship due to illness. So, for the first time in a long time, we were in bed on the last day of the year by 10pm. Of course that doesn’t mean we slept the night through — I glanced a look at the clock at 11, 12 (is someone shooting guns in our neighborhood?), 3:30, and 4:30am. At 5:30am, I gave up and got up. We leave around noon.

Yesterday I packed, stopped the mail and paper, made the usual call to the credit card fraud center to let them know where we’ll be, and reconfirmed our pet sitter. I’m set to go.

Morgan’s feeling much better and, with a huge sigh of relief, we head out the door at 1pm for our 3pm flight. Halfway to the airport, I realize I forgot to bring my USAir Chairman’s card. This might mean we have trouble getting into the lounge in Spain. Guess we’ll see about that. Thank goodness I’ve nagged Morgan into bringing his, so we should be ok. For every trip, no fail, I always forget something!

Here’s what’s new since our last international flight: instead of boarding people with kids first, they now board after Zone 2. I guess they figured out that letting those strollers on the plane first thing really slowed down the more experienced travelers.

AND our favorite lounge does not serve great food or wine anymore. There’s a pretty good mushroom/brie soup, but the chips/salsa and apple/cheese offerings are not great. We could always count on a nice glass (or more) of wine, a fruit and cheese platter, sandwich materials, several salads, and a brownie tray. It made for a great meal so that we could go straight to sleep once we got on the plane. I guess this is USAir cutting back on costs. So disappointing! When I get home I’m writing to them to get them to bring the goodies back.

Our flight tonight goes to Madrid and on to Barcelona. Morgan’s sitting in front of George and I and we hope to sleep at least 4 hours. Good night!

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