In Transit via Vienna

Trip Start Sep 18, 2013
Trip End Oct 19, 2013

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Flag of Austria  , Wien,
Thursday, September 19, 2013

The lead-up to this trip has gone more smoothly, but I had a difficult time booking my flights because of the various hostilities and closed borders in this part of the world.  I ended up getting a round-trip flight from JFK to Yerevan, Armenia via Vienna where I am at the moment.  My visa application to Azerbaijan seemed to take a lot longer than they promised and I fretted over the delays.  There was a bit of a snafu with the invitation letter and voucher because they had my old passport number on them and I had to get a new passport in the interim.  There just seemed to be more anxieties in the run-up to departure.

And my packing and preparation seemed to go less smoothly as well.  I think I actually got more things accomplished, though, and took a break last weekend to go on the annual girls weekend at Allison's in the Finger Lakes.  But I did leave Kara with a trickling pond filter and an indoor fish feeder that I hadn't managed to set up yet.  Poor Kara.  A few days before I left, I sat down on a stool to work on my bills and felt a sharp pain - I had sat on a bee and gotten stung, so on my last day of packing, I had to contend with that as well.

I was planning on taking the train to NYC and then the LIRR and airport shuttle, but the mid-morning train was over $10 more than the early am one, so I checked out other possibilities.  I found a shuttle service from Albany Airport to the NYC airports and decided to take that.  I am not sure I will again - it was pretty convenient - dropping me off at my terminal and all - but it was late and there was no confirmation so I didn't know if I would get on or not, and I can't read in buses/cars/vans.  There is a baby screaming here - there are banks of seats at the gates and a free WLAN section here with cubicles, outlets and table-like surfaces to use laptops on.  Very nice, considering how hard it was to find outlets at JFK and the BOINGO wifi there is not free.

I am pretty thirsty and will have to look for something to drink soon.  I will be here in the Vienna airport for some time.  I arrived around 8:30 am and don't leave until after 10 pm.  It will be a long day unless I find something more interesting.....
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Hi madre batlady!

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