Doesn’t everyone have great travel story? In the middle of the night last night (literally – 2-3am!) Liz got her own special travel story. In our family, most of the great travel stories involve airports in NY.
Parent #1: Wayne
When he went to Germany with his school in the late 70’s. They flew to LaGuardia (or maybe JFK, one or the other) and then had to take a helicopter to JFK (or vice versa) to catch their connecting flight. While this was a scheduled transfer. Why did they take the whole group on a helicopter? Surely a bus would have been cheaper. It has been reported that while they got to their flight just fine, there was a delay in take off (like 4-5 hours) and they were already on board and thus sitting on the tarmac. As teenagers in the 70’s, I’m told that “some” of them acquired those little bottles of liquid refreshment. hmmmmm
Parent #2: Tricia
In 1982 on my return from 10 months abroad in Brasil… First the flight from Sao Paulo was cancelled due to weather and the whole flight was bussed to Rio. We left Rio just fine and headed to JFK. I was not travelling alone at 16, but travelling with 1 or 2 other girls who were also 16-17. 🙂 Due to the delay and hassle in Brasil, we now had to get from JFK to LaGuardia – and through customs – in a very short amount of time. Here are 3 teenage girls, who have just spent 10 months in Brasil. Who have been totally immersed in that language and while we had spoken English with each other – it was more of a blend of English/Portugues. We have not been in an English speaking country in almost 1 year. AND who are the first people we hear speaking English… or is it really?? New Yorkers! To make it worse, we had to rush to catch a taxi – we couldn’t understand a thing he said and we just all piled in with all of our luggage together. We were crowded!! We did manage to make our connections and at LaGuardia we all headed our own ways home.
Sister #1: Abi
Abi didn’t have any significant travel snafus on her way to or from France when she went in 2008 (I think that is right). If she did, they were not in New York. She also travelled to and from Texas and also Florida on her own and had no major travel excitement.
Sister #2: Liz
Now we get to today! Liz left for France 2 weeks ago. The flight there and arrival was uneventful. However, their plans to travel on the night train to Barcelona was cancelled because the rail workers were/are on strike. They ended up having to take an extra flight to Barcelona. I don’t know why they couldn’t have taken a bus, but that is what the travel company planned. After that it seemed all would be fine… until…. they arrive ON TIME at JFK. They were to catch a connecting flight to Pittsburgh. The flight was delayed… and delayed again… and again… and again… supposedly because of weather?? Was there bad weather in NY on Wednesday night? Finally at about midnight it was cancelled. The leader/teacher then began the process of figuring out how to get them home. The airline wanted to put them on the flight to Pittsburgh at 3:30 today… she wanted them home sooner. They wanted to be home sooner. They spent a sleepless night in JFK and then in LaGuardia because she got them booked on the 7am flight to Cleveland. 🙂 Well… she got the people booked… the luggage went on to Pittsburgh. They arrived in Cleveland just fine… filed to have their luggage delivered home… and we are home and tired.
I don’t know if Liz is in this photo, but these are some of the kids with her.
I can’t wait to see what travel stories, the other 2 kids have later in life.