Ok, Tuesday morning the 12th Jan was an early morning. On Monday we heard about this big winter storm coming to the Maritimes and that made us want to leave even sooner. Bruce received a warning from AC in regards to a storm warning in Toronto and there may be flight delays… there wasn’t!
We set our alarm for 3am and ordered the Taxi for 3:30. The cab arrived on time and we shut down our little Condo for a few months. Thanks to Sherman & Charline for looking after it while we are away.
We got to the Airport in Moncton and everything was all on schedule. We caught the early bird flight to Toronto. We arrived in Toronto and waited around for our next flight. It was snowing and windy when we landed and it didn’t look too good. We relaxed and enjoyed a Tims breakfast. Eventually the snow and wind stopped just prior to our flight departure and everything was on schedule.
Funny story; We went through security and boarded the plane enroute to Costa Rica. Got to our seats and settled down for a long flight. Bruce jumped up and said he couldn’t find his cell phone and he thought that he may have left it at the airport lobby. So, off he goes going the wrong way, pushing his way off the plane as everyone was coming the opposite direction. He told the flight attendant about his cell phone and she said, HURRY, we are just about loaded! Bruce takes off running through the halls to the lobby and he gets to where he was sitting and there it was underneath the chairs. He bent down and grabbed it and headed back to the 737 300 Aircraft that was now fully loaded and waiting for Mr Bruce! He gets to his seat all out of breath and said, shit, I didn’t even check to see to see if that was my cell phone. We both laughed.
While we were waiting to leave the Captain informs everyone that the plane needs to be de iced another 45 minutes later and the plane starts to head toward the runway. As the plane is about to move forward the wheels start to spin then off we go down the runway! Finally in the air for a long 5 hours. Some sleep, reading, listening to music, chatting and eating.
Arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica it was getting dark and its only 5:30 pm. Off the plane we go and heading towards immigration. It was quick and painless, then heading to luggage that was a long wait, finally suitcase arrived on the carousel, then onto scanning of suitcase and any bags, then outside to a cool breeze and many taxi drivers asking to help.
Then we hear “Monty” it’s Bruce’s army buddy Jim Bartley. “The Bod” here to pick us up.
Then off we go thanks to GPS and Jim for driving us to our hotel the “Aloft” the streets are narrow and traffic coming in all directions.
At the hotel checked in room is beautiful, modern and clean. We then went for supper in the “Backyard” restaurant. Bruce had a traditional meal of rice & Chicken and I had a Margarita pizza. Both dishes were amazing. And a dessert of ice cream and strawberries. Bruce mentioned to our waitress that it was my Birthday. Then I received a dessert of Brownies & Ice cream with a candle. Amazing trip so far.
Back to our room and we crashed.