4 Seats each in Economy-who needs 1st Class seats!
Trip Start Aug 23, 2008
19Trip End Sep 28, 2008
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We arrange for a car to pick us up at the hotel for the airport run... all seemed to be ok but 25minutes into the trip and 5 minutes from the airport our driver starts muttering and playing with the gear stick and then rolls off the 4 lane well lit airport freeway onto a dark exit ramp where he rolled to a stop... not good.... especially as he didnt speak a work of english (or us spanish.. as I dont think banos (toilet) or hola (hello) would do much for us here) He gets on his mobile and then signals to us- ok ok 5 minutes.......... ok we say....
He gets out of the car and lifts the bonnet.. we're in a very dark spot but Im still happy.. as long as the back up car comes quick.. we'd allowed plenty of time.. But Rob was a bit edgy and said for us to get out of the car... Im still happy.. no probs... then a van comes off the exit ramp and pulls in front of us and a guy gets out, speaks to the driver and then to us in english.. he is a stranger to the driver, just a passerbyer but is offering to take us to the airport (he had seen us next to the car).
I say yes please thinking this is good as we dont have to stress waiting for the backup car..we jump in and in minutes we are there.. the guy explains that he was on his way to the airport anyway for a hotel pickup of guests...drops us at departure - thank you and see you later..
It is only then as we walk into the airport that Rob tells me that he had been really worried... and he was right to be.. ... although well never know.. but I had read of the scam in Santiago on the internet at home and forgot all about it.... There had been a very good chance that the backup car would have arrived and we would have been robbed of everything!.. common occurance and I hadnt given it a thought even though I knew of it!.. I think that is why the nice guy stopped to offer us a lift.. .as he would have seen the situation and probably decided to stop "just incase?" - that would have definitely been one holiday adventure I didnt want.
And then the good news of the entry... on checkin the girl tells us that although we have very good seats near the front of the plane there are quite a lot of empty seats at the back.... would we like to sit at the back instead???? lovely girl!! We get on and she has give us 2 seats together in the middle (4 seat wide middle).. and the row in front and behind us are empty! -Yep Robs out of his seat in a flash and has the row in front of me... - 4 seats each! - and even when I stretch out fully I cant reach the end...heaven.. and dont forget to add the 4 cushions and blankets I get all to myself for cushioning and comfort and all in the world is good...
So one sleeping tablet for me... and none for Rob.. since when has he ever needed help with sleeping?..and we both stretch out across our 4 seats and snooze NINE HOURS EACH....heee heee.. can you believe that?!.9 hours!.. a perfect end to our holiday..hahaha
and... Molly?.. yep she had done her second cruciate ligament and was operated on the day after we got home poor baby! She is still currently confined to the playpen and laundry (so far a total of 12 weeks!) but is starting doggie water hydro exercise next week... that info is for anyone who cares hahaha... cos I know none of you do! ha