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Trip Start Dec 26, 2009
Trip End Feb 06, 2010

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Newcastle to New York We were excited about travelling to New York and I awoke at 2am (jet lag time returned) but didn't matter because I managed to catch up on all my blogs. Also, wewere keen to get on the road (sad to leave Newcastle behind – gee we had the best time, fantastic). The taxi arrived on time to pick us (I am so glad I had organised these sorts of things before I left Brisbane) and we headed for the airport. Our flight out of Newcastle to London was scheduled for 9:00am and as we were at the airport at 6:30am, we decided to book in (the airport was fairly quiet so no queuing) and wait for our flight in the BA lounge (which is always nice) had some breakfast and waited for the boarding call. Got on the plane and again, this is when the "wheels started to fall off". Before we hopped onto the plane, we enquired about our lost luggage and they said that it was somewhere in Heathrow and once we get there, we should be able to pick it up – alarm bells should have been ringing in my head but no, I believed BA had finally got their act together (stupid, stupid, stupid) and that we would be reunited with our luggage this very day. Hopped on the plane, only to be told that there would be a delay of about 1.5 hours so once again, we were sitting on a tarmac instead of flying towards the next destination (can you all please just smack me on the back of the head if I ever hatch another hair brained idea like going around the world again – just kidding, wouldn’t have missed this for the world hahaha), apparently Heathrow was totally fogged in – god, just hearing the word “Heathrow” causes a brain snap and I want to hit something really hard – hahaha!

Sitting on the tarmac gave Bill and I time to hatch a plan about the suitcases – many plans were discussed, plan a, plan b, there was even a plan m! But the decision was that if the suitcases were in Heathrow, we would collect them, move stuff around in the 3 suitcases and get BA to send one home with excess stuff we no longer needed. If the bags, didn’t turn up, we will just continue as if they never existed. Sat for ages on the Newcastle tarmac and finally left at 11:00 – unfortunately, this meant that we would miss our connecting flight to New York (which left at 1:20). We dediced that if there was a later New York flight, we would try and get on that one and this would give us enough time to get the bags once BA found them at Heathrow.

Well, we landed, managed to change our flight to 6pm (not sitting together though) and went searching for someone to assist with the whole “finding the bag” solution. After speaking to about 6 departments, absolutely nobody could assist us and in fact, had a care factor of 0! So the decision was made to send them onto New York and we would get them tomorrow (I then sent out the “angry face” email to you all noting my disgust with BA – yet again).

When we got up to the BA lounge, the front desk checked our boarding passes, he told us that we had been upgraded to Premium Economy which was nice, still not sitting together but we got a bit more leg room which was nice for Bill (wasted on me though, being “vertically challenged”). We settled down to yet another 8 hour flight – the experience before you get on the plane sure lets you know you are flying into the US – for anyone who is planning on travelling to the US in the future, you really need to seriously realise that you can no longer get down to board the plane about 10 minutes before boarding  - this is how it now works – if your plane is leaving at say, 7:30pm, you need to be at the boarding area at least 1 hour before – the women line up in one line, the guys in the other (now this is after you have come through customs and security check where you go through the metal detector and turn out your pockets, etc, they now also make you take off your boots – not shoes, just boots and they scan them also). So, you line up in single file waiting for your turn – you then wait until you are called over where they check your passport paperwork, then they pat you down, they take absolutely everything out of your carry on luggage, not just look inside, absolutely everything. They also searched through pockets of jackets (again, this is after you have already come through the security area) and then if you look a bit suspect or nervous, they ask you a whole series of questions. Now you can imagine, that on an international flight, there are a lot of people as the planes are really big so to have to do with to say, 500 people, takes a very long time and if you don’t line up and get through in time, they will leave without you, I doubt if they will delay the plane very long for those who just saunter down to the departure area.

Anyway, on the plane, same stuff, try to stay awake, watch many many movies and trying to stay awake because of the whole jet lag thing (8.5 hour flight across yet another time zone) and wondering if the lost luggage will make it to New York in time even with assurances from BA (if I write what I really think here, this blog wont get through some firewalls hahaha). I know we said that if we get to Heathrow and its not there, we will get them to send it home but they were confident it would reach New York tomorrow... Got into New York 10pm and again, I had organised a shuttle bus to take us to our hotel, being in a city for the first time can be extremely daunting and the last thing you want to do is get ripped off by a cab driver or spend hours searching for your hotel. The shuttle bus driver obviously had learnt at the same driving school as the Barcelonians, and apparently, speed bumps mean exactly that, when a speed bump is coming up, you speed up – yep, speed up and hit it at break-neck speed! The bus was packed with 10 people all hitting their heads on the roof (hey, not me, being vertically challenged has its advantages!!! Hahaha) and the luggage was moving around behind us ready to smack us straight in the back of the head.

Finally at our hotel at 11:30pm New York time (I had now been awake for 27 hours) and off to bed, we wanted to venture out and have a look around but I was absolutely shattered and Bill and I had managed to pick up colds from Newcastle (most probably BA spraying some experimental drug into the air conditioning ducts to see its effects on poor unsuspecting travellers! Hahaha) and so ends day 1 in New York! Side note – forgot to send a couple of photos that I took in Newcastle which I took specifically to send.
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Debbie, Jeff & D.J. on

Welcome to the United States! Did your luggage, all 3 pieces catch up with you? I did warn you about New Yorkers..., but glad you made it to your hotel safe and sound! Get some rest; try to find some night time medicine named Theraflu and drink it before you go to sleep; always helps Jeff and I feel better the next day. We'll see you soon, in just another day and a half...Take care of yourselves!

billandkaz on

Hi Fogelmans - we cant believe we will be with you in less than 24 hours, we are so so so excited to be with you all. Thanks for your email, we didnt get the luggage, dont care, not important anymore, sent them home - see you soon.
Karyl & Bill

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