When NPY booked my ticket to leave Toronto on December 23, the busiest day of the year at airports, we wanted the 7:00 p.m. flight but the last sale-priced seat sold and we crossed our fingers and got the 6:30 p.m. flight although I get off work at 5:30 with little leeway as I am in a support division.
Things could happen like the director closes shop down early. Or I would learn during the day that my flight had been delayed. Or I book leaving work a little early and pray the other factor of getting through traffic is ultra-smooth.
When I left work my flight was still on time and I needed my 5:00 coach to the airport to get to the airport in 45 minutes. It circled and got caught in traffic downtown for 15 minutes getting to the last hotel for pick-up and my New York-bound seatmate who also migrated from Vancouver to seek better opportunities, freaked out.
Once we hit the highway it was smooth sailing and I checked my Air Canada app once again and saw my flight was delayed half an hour! It provided the perfect cushion for me not have to sprint across the airport, get through a light security line, freshen up ahead of sitting for 5 hours and stand in the longest line to pick up grub from Tim Hortons. Always get YYZ Tims. (And YVR Starbucks.)
My flight was further delayed because of some flakey passengers (sigh) and while I love to fly and spend time on airplanes, I got impatient! They also turned the lights out at 10:00 p.m. EST although we were flying “back in time” so I didn’t feel right studying.
All this to bring me safely to my first Vancouver Christmas. Have a good one!
******** This is a blog series complementing my regular blog posts with the original idea was to share our parallel lives, NPY’s and mine, while I’m in Toronto and he’s in Vancouver, 3,400 km away. For me, it’s been pretty fun because I’m this long-time blogger and enjoy repackaging parts of my life in “blog bites”. It’s been more difficult for NPY who hasn’t experienced a change in scenery (although I do not think it is necessary) so I’ll be continuing this with just my photos. I might have something every day. I might not.