Airports and More Airports, Then Beautiful Granada

Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
Trip End Dec 10, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Sunday, December 4, 2011

I am in Zurich airport now.  We flew from Dar es Salaam overnight to Zurich but started late so we missed our 7ish connection to Barcelona and now have to wait here until after noon.  We each have food coupons for 20 Swiss francs but I have lost Juliet here in Terminal A somewhere.  She was using her Iphone to send a message to cs....that was the last I heard when I said I wanted to find a restroom and said I would walk slowly so she could catch up.  Little did I know that the first sign I found for toilets would lead me to the end of the section with gates 50-86.  There is a nice little area with tables..I didn't look for an outlet yet.  I checked for wi-fi but a security warning came up so I let it go.  There is something called Boingo at Zurich airport but I can't tell if you have to sign up and pay.  I couldn't log on to any of my sites.  I think I will try Facebook and then walk back to where I left Juliet.  No, I tried in Firefox safe mode and still got Boingo.  Time to quit.

I looked for Juliet where I left her and then circled the restaurant and shop area and sat in a waiting area there for a while, but didn't connect so I decided we would have to catch up at the gate.  I read Juliet's book until 10:30 and then found a restaurant to use my coupon.  That's where Juliet found me.  She had waited, and looked, and waited, and looked, then ate and finally found me.  It still wasn't time for the gate announcement so we wandered around the terminals until after 3 pm and then headed for the gate.  There were 2 lines:  one for rows 1 - 14 and the other for others, including the priority people.  The other line went first and most of the people were in that line; we were towards the end of our line.  When we got up to the desk, we were asked for our passports and then made to wait.  The young man with ponytail clicked on the computer keys, reassigned my seat and said there was no problem and asked if our bags would be on this plane.  I would hope so, but when do the passengers know this?  We ended up the last ones to board.  There was no overhead space near my seat so the flight attendant had me put my pack over Juliet's row, so Juliet had to find another place for her day pack.  Someone else had my seat, so they ushered me to the exit door, so I was to squeeze my other bag overhead, but a young woman had that seat so I was brought to a seat near the back next to a window.

It took me awhile to get off the plane once we landed.  I caught up with Juliet at baggage claim and we waited for our bags, wondering if they would show up here or if we were supposed to see them through customs earlier....which we didn't.... and thinking they might not show up for that reason.  As the carousel emptied of bags, airport personnel told us to go to another carousel and there were our bags.  Juliet didn't notice that her attached pack was not there until we got to our hotel but she managed to call....not a satisfactory outcome because they said someone most likely stole it off her other pack.  She had learned from my experience with my sticks but hadn't anticipated outright thievery.

After she sorted this out, we went out for some food and found a tapas bar nearby that wasn't so crowded with young people as the first one we saw.  It was fantastic:  there were hams hanging from the ceiling, the waiters and kitchen staff were a primed machine and worked so fast; the wine was good; the food was good.  It took us awhile to try to figure out what to order but we tried 3 things - some Roquefort cheese, an egg & potato tortilla espanola, and a lomo, jamon & pimiento combo...we also got a freebie of shrimp with heads etc.  The place had great atmosphere and Juliet started a conversation in Spanish with the couple next to us to find out what to order.  The man was retired and looked after his 3 or 4 grandchildren during the week, so he really needed some R&R on Sundays.  He recommended a drink for tomorrow and wished us a good holiday here.  Oh, I forgot to mention that this part of Granada is all lit-up with Xmas lights - some look like our Xmas lights strung across the streets and others are a bit different without a clear Xmas theme.  I will try to get some pics tomorrow.  Today has been a photo-less day.

Now we are back at the hotel.  (There was something written here about wi-fi but I can't decipher it now.)  I seem to have come down with hardcore sneezing so I want to get to bed early.
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