空がキラキラ

If you didn’t see my tweet already, I am extremely angry at an inanimate object. Or cloud of objects. Or cloud of ash from the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano in Iceland more specifically. Because it’s sort of hovering in [around? over?] Iberia and it caused Barajas International in Madrid to be closed, effectively canceling my flight. Imagine my surprise when the lady at the Delta check-in thing told me, “The next flight I can get for you is Atlanta-Paris-Madrid. On Thursday.” After some frantic calls, cooperating with exceedingly nice Jane F. at the Delta special services counter, and some Google consultation via my mom’s iPhone [God bless her attempts to be technologically up to date. They saved me this time :D] , I finally managed to get it down to two choices:

1) Atlanta –> Amsterdam –> Lisbon–[train]-> Madrid

or

2) Atlanta–>Paris–>Bilbao–[bus]–> Madrid

Both of which would get me to Madrid sometime on the night of the 12th. Bilbao proved to be the better option, I’ll take a bus to Madrid which will get me there around 7 hours late of my original arrival time. Not too shabby. I’d rather pay the extra 40 dollars or whatever than risk getting my flight canceled AGAIN due to this God damn ash cloud. And then I get to navigate Basque country for an hour or two. Nice, I suppose.

Quite the experience for an inexperienced traveler such as myself. I can still count my plane voyages on one hand. Once to get here from the Philippines [age 2], once to visit the Philippines [age 8] and another to go to Ohio [age 17. I know, right?] So yeah. I’m still unfamiliar with the whole flight system. This is also my first time traveling alone. I’m a little freaked out. But I guess I gotta keep on. No turning back now.

So yeah. My 空 was not so キラキラ as the title of this post implies, but Night Flight just makes me think of Kira and Geoff being ridiculously happy flight attendants. Which is a more pleasant thought than volcanic ash getting into the plane engines, or how difficult it may or may not be to get a ticket from Bilbao to Madrid or even to get from Bilbao airport to Bilbao Estación de Autobuses. I’ll worry about that once I touch down in Paris. I have a 3 hour lay-over there. -_-;; I’ll probably update again once I figure out what the hell I’m doing. I’ll ask again about a flight from Paris to Madrid once I get to France. The ash may have cleared up by then. Wish me luck.

Gotta love air travel.

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  1. […] On an unrelated note, I’m still a little worried about Hurricane Irene. We’re out of the cone of death, but it’s been raining a lot here in sunny South Florida, which can still delay flights. I can’t help but recall the Eyjafjallajoekullas;dlfkj Volcano that effed up my Europe flights last summer. (See entry here.) […]



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