First adventure of 2020, Miami-bound. See you later snow! Good-bye socks and jackets! Hello sandals! Uneventful travels. Mid-evening arrival in Miami, complete with entertaining taxi ride to the hotel with Steven – the human GPS. Nothing more was done than checking into the hotel (Holiday Inn Express Miami Airport Doral Area) and finding snacks.
Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of Christmas… it’s so rushed and busy and exhausting. So obviously heading to NYC on Boxing Day was the perfect solution – there’s nothing rushed or exhausting about NYC, right? I’ve always wanted to see it lit up for the holidays and I was feeling the need for a show or two… so we did. NYC really lights things up for the holidays, so it’s definitely worth a visit… despite the crowds (and there really are crowds… especially around Times Square).
Someday we will learn that booking an overnight transatlantic flight for after Market on Saturday is a terrible idea – but we haven’t yet. So, market day, hurricane that shut down pretty much all the other Maritime airports but ours, Big Stop supper, and getting super drenched – and the adventure was underway. Our flight was off to Toronto without delay and it was smooth sailing once we got up above the storm. Had several hours in Toronto before our midnight-ish flight to London… so since we were already exhausted, we found beer. And walked around.
Seventeen hours, three flights, four airports, and six movies after having left our house, we arrived in sunny Alaska. The view from the plane of the snow-capped mountains was worth the crick in the neck… when will I learn to stop looking out the window so much? The Anchorage airport, what little we saw of it en route to getting our luggage, was really nice. Maybe 20 minutes to our hotel (Westmark Anchorage) in the heart of downtown. A quick change of clothes (it was nearly 30C!!) and off we went to explore… and to try and stay awake, since it was already about 9pm for us with the five hour time change.
There’s a little something awesome about heading to Mexico for two weeks for work when there’s still snow on the ground… and while I wasn’t getting paid to be there (that’s just not how it works as an independent agent), we do get agent discounts and it was an invaluable chance to see many resorts at once.
When the universe throws you an opportunity for a second trip to Ireland in a six-month period, you say “thank you universe”, buy a plane ticket, and go with the flow.
Four hours into the new year and we were at the airport, starting the process of heading to Fort Lauderdale. Sounds like a great way to start the new year to me. First flight left a bit late as it was snowing and we needed to de-ice, but we had plenty of time in Montreal to connect due to a schedule change. We arrived through to US Customs before America was even open in the airport for the day (but it was only a brief wait). Had some breakfast, drank all the coffee and tea in the airport (because sleeping was just not happening with all the subdivision fireworks for NYE), and then we were on our way to Fort Lauderdale (with, ugh, Air Canada Rouge). Luggage arrived and we were finally off to the hotel (Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina – really close to the port). It was a mad house at the hotel when we arrived (after check in time), but our room was ready, so we dumped our bags, changed out of winter clothes, and headed off to find some craft beer at Tarpon River Brewing. It wasn’t a late night after that… too sleepy. Continue reading