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Trip Start Jul 12, 2005
Trip End Jul 28, 2005

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Travel Day - Wed the 27th - awake at 6 - on the road by 6:45. Planes, trains and automobiles!. So far, so good. Karen found the train station with only 1 missed turn. THis was a good omen for the day. We even caught our 1st train early 7:17, then the Eurostar to Roma central station and the train shuttle to the airport. Got tot he airport by 10:30 and found our terminal. Waited in several lines showing our passport to whoever asked (It think even the janitor) THen we found a COlisuem Keychain in the gift shop to complete ARica collection of key chains (she has FLorence, Pisa,Lucca, Venice and rome). We then tried to collect our VAT refund for the jacket, but I guess the shop was supposed to give us a form!. We found something to eat and made our way to Gate C28. Only 15 minutes to wait and we boarded for our 10 40 minute commute across the ocean. The girls did great - watching DVDs - drawing-sleeping-eating as usual good travelers.

Now the fun began. We got into Atlanta airspace and had to hang out for awhile. Then a storm came in a closed the airport. We were running out of gas so we had to divert to Augusta, Georgia, get gas and wait on the ground for Atlanta to open. We couldn't get off the plane since Augusta was not an international airport. We finally got into Atlanta by about 10:30. At this point, we waited for our bags to come out so we could go through customs. Two of our bags got diverted with a bunch of others from our flight and didn't come out for about 45 minutes. By then, we had totally missed the connection to Fayetteville and had to wait in a long line to get our planes rebooked. The girls crashed on the floor while we waited. By midnight, we were outside trying to get a ride to the hotel that the airline was paying for. We finally caught a taxi - but this guy must have just gotten off the boat as he didn't know where the hotel was. Dale finally went in to ask for directions and after a 40 minute taxi ride (to a destination 5 minutes away) we made it..just before a huge shuttle bus emptied with 40 other people waiting for a room at 1am. We got in our room and crashed.

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