Arms and Armor

Trip Start Dec 14, 2013
Trip End Jan 06, 2014

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Flag of United States  , New York
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The update from Caroline is not good. Despite hours on the phone with call centers, no clarity, no better options. On top of that, American Airlines has managed to lose Lukas' ticket. There is room for only 5 of us on the flight to Toronto tonight. That is, if the flight actually goes. Flights are still being cancelled. This is the coldest day of the year, with temperatures at minus 20 degrees celcius, wind chills to minus 40. A bunch of confusing emails from Expedia do not provide any confidence that things will improve anytime soon. The only positive is that the Air Canada flight to Vancouver on Thursday seems to be on.
The decision to drive to Toronto comes quickly and with little doubt. Here is no point staying here in New York. Caroline's mission now is to confirm those Air Canada tickets.
The doorman allows us to store our bags, and we head to the Metropolitan Museum for the morning. It is a bright sunny day, but very very cold. The Chilean wardrobe insufficient. The cab ride wins out over the prospect of walking.
Audrey and I were at the Met years ago, but are again impressed with the scale, diversity and quality of the exhibits. A plan is made as to what we want to see. Ava want to see the Egyptian section, Noah the Arms and Armor, Lukas modern art. So much to see, it is easy to spend hours and hours here. We make sure to swing by the impressionists section before ending our visit several hours later.
We have booked a hotel in Syracuse, 4.5 hours north of here. Audrey, Ava, and Noah enjoy a walk though Central Park on the way to a Whole Foods on the upper Westside to stock up on GF foods. A beautiful walk. Lukas, Jess and I grab a taxi to retrieve our bags at the apartment. We meet again at LaGuardia airport to pick up our rental. A spacious new minivan, our ground transportation to Toronto.
The drive north is uneventful. The roads in reasonably good shape. We arrive late. The staff at the hotel in Syracuse is friendly and helpful. Dinner is from the backpackers pantry pre dried meals that we have been dragging along for weeks, just in case.
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