NYC - home to some 8 million people
Trip Start Dec 26, 2009
41Trip End Feb 06, 2010
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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
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
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.