Layover in Charles De Gaulle

Trip Start Jun 18, 2003
Trip End Jul 03, 2003

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Thursday, June 19, 2003

Charles de Gaulle is perhaps one of the biggest hell holes in the entire world.  After an overnight flight where I didn't sleep, I really wasn't ready for French hospitality.

When we first arrived, we had to go to another terminal so we hopped on a shuttle.  Oddly, the shuttle kept conveniently skipping our stop and we were extremely confused.  Finally, we just got off on another terminal to find out that the terminal our tickets were for did not exist.  In fact, they were still building it.  If anyone remembers the news about the collapsing terminal that actually killed a few people, this is the terminal they were building at the time and the construction was very delayed.

Sooo...we finally found what terminal our flight WOULD be in...but our flight was nowhere to be found.  Actually, no one seemed to know where the plane was, whether it had even left Prague yet...or not.  So we weren't allowed past security to our gate.  Why?  I don't know...because the plane wasn't there yet?

  As you can see, there weren't actually any chairs anywhere on the other side of security.  The floor was also really really dirty but since almost none of us had managed to sleep we crashed here for awhile anyway.

Eventually, our plane really did arrive.  Turns out that the "terminal" that we waited so long to get into wasn't even where the plane was coming to.  They acted like they were boarding us and we went through the doors only to find another bus...then we were transported all across various runways of the airport until seeing the tiny lil czech airplane seemingly in the middle of nowhere.  Having never actually boarded a plane in the middle of a runway, we had to take a picture.
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