I’m sitting down, in my room for the next two weeks, with some mate provided by my host. My first day of travel, about 25 hours or so in airports or in a plane and then some time relaxing with my host, trying to get settled in. Some things were hectic and unfortunate while also very relaxing and surprising. Yes, you can say this is day one and day two of my journey, but quite a few hours in the planes were sleeping, those I’m not counting. Let me tell you about the adventures of my travels up to this point while my mate cools down.
My flight schedule was quite relaxed for the most part, especially flying out from home and into San Francisco. For those that aren’t aware, flying into San Francisco is a test of luck, fly too early and there’s a chance you could be delayed due to fog. I left at 11am and we got word we might be delayed but the fog cleared up and we left on time. Even landed early, but when it comes to landing early, doesn’t mean you arrive early. This flight is one of the little puddle jumpers, your standard carry on luggage doesn’t fit into the overhead bins. One hour later and I was in San Francisco, with a 2 hour layover.
San Francisco airport is familiar territory for me, been through many times, some with delays, others without. Two terminals over, about ten minutes with my two carry on bags. Yes two carry on bags, I’ll post about what I’ve packed and why later this week, but since it’s fall going into winter, some extra heavier layers I thought were required. With my spare time in San Francisco airport, I got a burrito and focused on my next move for the next few hours until boarding. Went through Facebook and social networks, texted my family and friends, then decided I needed to keep myself moving and not sit on my butt. What better way than to play a game while you’re moving, keep things interesting? So, I launched up ingress on my phone, and checked out what the airport had to offer. Completed a mission, unique captures, hacks, some little fields and links, while removing some blue from the airport for good measure. All the while recycling 500 keys I apparently had for home, which I won’t need, so to the xm gods they went.
Boarding to Houston from San Francisco was basic, my aisle seat was somewhat comfy in economy, and I got a little shut eye next to a pretty lady. Got some good seat arrangements and even watched a movie with my headphones on my laptop. Some people are watching the in flight movies available through your United app for free with the wifi (really cool collection but nothing I wanted, was like amazon prime or Netflix in the setup) but I elected to watch the Princess Bride. Finished the movie with a little time to spare before or decent. Got things wrapped up and put away (mostly) and our flight was 20 minutes early.
Since we were ahead of schedule, Houston needed to reroute us to a new gate, so we were taxiing for about 20 minutes, which actually delayed us from disembarking! So my 20 minute layover before boarding turned into less than 10. My gate was quite a distance away that it required a rail car to get to! So I was a little rushed to get to my international flight… Just rushed enough that I forgot my little carrier with my laptop ac charger, headphones, and wireless mouse on the plane.
Of course I don’t realize this until I’m in line at the other gate just about to board. This flight took me through Brazil, and boarding was also delayed. Plus being international, if you’re passport is from a different country, they want to check your visa before boarding. This adds time to boarding. So even if you’re 10 minutes late to arrive for boarding, you should be fine. In my opinion, others may think differently.
So they want to see a visa for Brazil, which is perfectly understandable, visa laws for Brazil are quite strict. I do not have a visa for Brazil, which is fine since I have a connection or of the country. If the flight wasn’t delayed with boarding, I’m sure they would have bus me more when I tried to board. Instead they were like “have we checked your visa?” Which apparently they were doing and advising earlier to asked up the process. All I said is that I have a one hour layover while handing it over, then she asked where was my final destination. I said Argentina, and she marked my boarding pass and let me through. Didn’t ask to see my other boarding pass, guessing just to speed things up some they were behind.
So onto my flight I go! To my window seat with built in screen! Except mine was broken and didn’t work… Go me, without also having my laptop charger, was pretty out of luck, and this flight had built in power for devices! So I enjoy my flight, have dinner, which was a choice between chicken or pasta. Must say was quite good and hot, surprising compared to what I remember having in the past. Plus red wine (had 2 glasses) which was included at no extra charge… Some red blend, was free, so no complaints there! Breakfast was served as well, but I slept through that.