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March 16, 2010

The start

semi-overcast 9 °C

Today I woke up at 5 am after sleeping in 2hr spurts. So a little tired but a buzz at the same time because I don't want to be late to the airport. I only have to be there at 7am, but still I am running over what to put in the carry on and what I should put in the checked bag. When I am ready to go, and I seem to be stalling calling the taxi. I am now going to have to commit to leaving home and enter into the adventure zone! Oh my.
I called.

I feel like a fish out of water going into the airport. I am so not familiar with what comes next. I try to read all the signs. Fill out the declaration form for going through the USA. The questions so do not fit with I have to do and that is go onward via Qantas. Fill it out the best I can and over to the Alaska Airlines counter.

Nice but not communicative. I seemed to stand there a long time, turns out the agent was having a difficult time confirming the Australian Visa because she couldn't get to the correct internet site. Finally done. Move forward.

Off to checking the baggage and down to US Customs. The agent there...shows me how to fill out the declaration form. Destination = my flight number and the word transit. Nice. Then off to the check me in station. It felt weird to take off my shoes :-) and then pad around to the other side and gather everything together, including putting my laptop back into my carry on and get back into my shoes, while others are behind me waiting to get their stuff also. No pressure. And then....like a creek flows into a bigger river, I am now into the hallways leading to the gates. Free to go. Coffee time!

I eyed the Starbucks counter and got my soy. Then toddled over to get my English muffin breakfast. All along keeping an eye on the counter with power plugs so that I could use my laptop and not use up battery power. I am now feeling comfortable. I am at a counter with coffee in my tummy, food in my tummy and the comfort of emails and access to the internet before me. This is a good start.

Posted by dpanusa 00:52 Archived in Canada Tagged air_travel

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