terça-feira, 23 de julho de 2013

Did you really think it was over?

Ha, ha!!! Fooled you! Adventure Camp means you're in for the wildest time in your life - on ground, on mountains, in snow, in air, urban or nature experience! Here we are, in Newark, New Jersey, after traveling for 2 days trying to catch a connection to Brazil. First, we heard in Vancouver, as soon as we approached the check-in counter, our flight would be delayed 3 hours... actually 4, but then a bit more, until we finally left already knowing we had missed our flight to Sao Paulo in Washington D.C. Alright, we got to Dulles airport around 1:00 am and proceed to Customer Service to know what would become of us until our next possibility of flying. After long lines, angry people, crying children, we got vouchers for accommodations and food and a promise to board the next day on the same flight. Washington, late morning and delicious breakfast at Mariott, we were all ready for our next adventure and positive we'd be making it that night. We arrived pretty early at the airport because we had to take a plane to Newark and then make the connection, so there we were enjoying the stores and lunch at Mc Donald's. Turns out our flight was delayed and in midst of great confusion and the attendants completely unsure what to do, the flight was canceled due to extreme weather and they were rebooking everyone again. When my turn came, as the man took my boarding passes, they announced over the loudspeaker the flight would be boarding soon. Great! There was a bit of suspense as I waited for the man back and the boys already boarded without me, but in the end we were all on this very small plane headed to Newark. Sorry, not over... We spent altogether 6 hours on this tight plane, between taxiing on ground, waiting for free pass from controllers, landing in Philadelphia for fuel, and waiting in Newark for a gate. We got to Newark, naturally, after our flight to SP had left, meaning we'd have to go through huge lines at Customer Service again and pray they'd give us vouchers one more time. After patiently and kindly insisting with the attendant who was clear on a no-vouchers policy due to weather, somehow she heard my pleas and gave us accommodation for the night and food for the day, oh, and a boarding pass to SP same time the next day (almost forgot about the flight!). So, that's where we are now, about to leave the hotel to Newark airport and spend another 8-9 hours until it's time to board our flight at 10:00 pm. How about that, huh? Did you think Dallas 2011 was exciting? Wait till you live the Newark adventure!!!