When two rivers converge into one we all know how turbulent that place of convergence is. Well, we experienced that in a small degree this morning when we tried to check-in at the United desk in Seattle. Apparently Continental Airline and United have united recently. We had a gracious employee who took us on as her special project. She had to abandon her post of herding the masses to the screens to begin their check-in. It only took about half an hour to sort us out. Our eticket itinerary told us we were changing flights in Chicago but she told us that was so yesterday and today we were going to go through Washington DC instead. That was all good, we even had an extra two hours in the airport. It would have been nice to know all this before hand, we possibly could have had gotten up at 5 instead of 3! (An extra 2 hours of sleep!) Oh well, we made up for it and found some of those airport chairs in the Alaska section that don’t have arm rests. We stretched out and took a little catnap. Semi refreshed, we got our coffees and whipped out our almond butter sandwiches for breakfast. There was another interesting bit getting on the plane. Instead of the normal 4ish boarding groups there were 8! The kept welcoming all the preferred passengers, gold elite members and beautiful people. They were all of course 1 – 4ers. We on the other hand had the number 8. That meant when it was time for us to board we had to check-in our hand carry on’s with wheels because there was no more room in the cabins above. We quick switched our leather shoes for our Teva’ s in anticipation for the hot/muggy air of Pune. Grabbed everything else out of those bags that we thought we would need or at least feel secure in having on our person, (i.e. books) and boarded our plane. All this adventure and it wasn’t even 8:00!
Three airplane rides, several catnaps, walks through the airports and some interesting conversations we arrived happily in Pune to be greeted by our eldest son and daughter-in-law!