Some people's children...

Trip Start Dec 02, 2007
Trip End Dec 09, 2007

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Ross and I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland.  It had
snowed a few inches in Kingston of fluffy, white snow.  It was
lovely! The roads weren't bad, and we dropped Beezus off to stay with
my parents for the day, and we set off, goat coffee in hand.  Once
on the road, it became apparent that our travel wouldn't be as easy as
we thought.  The roads got increasingly worse as we neared
Toronto, and combined with some pretty poor drivers made for some
frightening moments. 

We got to Toronto about an hour and a half late, but managed to visit
with our friends and family, albeit briefly.  I even learned that
Ross has been holding out some information on me....critical to my
research, of course!

After brunch with Gilly and coffee with Allison, we headed off to the
airport.  Of course, there were massive lines, and I got
increasingly anxious.  I'm not quite sure why I was so anxious - I
think it was just the thought of the long flights ahead that I was
dreading.  Anyway, I got to the plane on time, and boarded. 
I even managed to get moved to a seat with more leg room, citing my old
'army' injury. haha.  However, I was seated next to a woman, her
mother, and her three children, all under the age of four.  Who
screamed the entire way to Amsterdam.  When the toddler (little
asshole that he was) started swinging his toys around and hitting me
with them, I just about lost it.  Then when he tried to take my
magazine away, I let it be known in no uncertain terms that I did NOT
find her children endearing.  She moved the toddler away from me
and sat next to me instead, and she got hit with the toy for the rest
of the trip.  Of course the infant cried a good portion of the
time, and the other toddler cried the entire way, but he was on the
other woman's lap so at least it wasn't in my ear. 
Nightmare.  Some people's children are real assholes. The best was
when the kids stopped crying - as we got off the plane. 

Anyway, I got to Amsterdam safe and sound (Oh, did I mention that my
plane was an hour late leaving, during which time we all sat on the
tarmac?  Next to screaming children?  Yeah.), and tried to
get myself upgraded to business class, to no avail. (That doesn't mean
I'm not going to try again...those kids were nightmares.  I'm owed
a good flight!) So my flight leaves here in about an hour, getting in
to Nairobi at 8:30 tonight.  Bleck.  I did manage to get my
presentation ready though.

Things I'm not enjoiying about this trip so far: Screaming children,
smoking in airports (ugh), not getting upgraded.  Things I'm
enjoying: vegetarian options on the airplane, nice stewards, and a
pretty cool airport.  The dutch seem to like this modern

What I'm listening to: Kanye West
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