Departure to Isla Margarita: The Sequel

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Second attempt

Yesterday we had set the TV-alarm at 06:15. The alarm wakes us up right on time and then Timo’s mobile rings a few minutes later. We have had a good night of sleep, the beds were great and we were very tired yesterday: we got up early and then had to wait a lot and carry luggage. Today it will be better hopefully. We go for breakfast and Roza and Jean are already there: bread with a lot of choice between cheese, ham and others with coffee. We will take it easy today, no stress. We eat quietly and without a rush and Jean and Roza already go to the airport. They will probably take the first bus, but we still need to check out, take the luggage, smoke a cigarette and take the bus, maybe in a different order, but OK.

The airplane is ready for departure
  When we’re ready we indeed take the bus (the third one and a bigger one this time) to Schiphol airport and we check in. that goes very smoothly and we’re done almost at the same time as Jean and Roza. They have been waiting more than 30 minutes longer than we. We go to the passport control, drink ice tea and water and at 09/30 we go to gate G05. the airplane is already there for us and that is a relief. Everything goes very fast, a lot faster and smoother than yesterday. A lot of people think that ArkeFly during check-in already knew that there would not be a plane available, otherwise they would not be able to have arrangements made that quickly. In less than three hours they found rooms for 150 people, they had arranged extra buses and meals. Well, on itself that really does not matter anymore now.
Airport of Porlamar
We can board on time now and the plane leaves on time too. Now we need to fly ten hours to Isla Margarita. Everything is OK. The pilot apologizes a thousand times and also the crew, but we can’t do much with apologies. Almost immediately after take-off the stewardesses give drinks and dry biscuits. The lunch also is there fast: chicken with beans and rice. Then from time to time they bring drinks and we use it every time. A quick fright comes to us, when the pilot says we will pass over Azores and Bermuda; well we don’t care. It is a bumpy flight, with a lot of turbulence. We fly through a turbulent area about three times. Two hours before landing we get another meal: penne with peas and something else. And then there is relief for all: we land on Isla Margarita. We made it, yes. First we need to pass customs; rather quickly that was done: within 20 minutes everyone is through.
First drink @ hotel
Nice. Roza can’t hold it anymore and she runs immediately towards her grandchildren. We can understand that of course. She has not seen them for 6 months. We need to wait a bit longer for luggage and customs. We had really quickly filled out the immigration forms for Venezuelan customs, but everything was OK and we are allowed on Venezuelan soil. At the luggage check we already see Davy and Yvonne. Everything is OK and it’s nice to see them and the children again. Diana runs through the whole hallway of the airport (20 meters) and victor behind her. They think it’s great that grandma and granddad are here together with Timo and Eef and we love it too. Nice seeing them, but not very long today, but we already agree to see each other tomorrow. Then we load the luggage into a trailer after the tourismo-bus and wait for Ira, the hostess of Holland International and ArkeFly. She already provides some general info on the island, money and other things. Then we drive off to the hotels. Ours is the second: 6 people get off. Check in and we go to our room (number 113). Immediately we put everything in place and take a shower. After that we have an aperitif at the bar: Polar and Polar Ice are the local beers and it is a very good fresh pint, all is well. We are not really hungry, but we eat something and drink Polar again. A bit after 8 we order an other Polar to take with us to our room. We enjoy it all very much, it’s warm, but we also get a shower. When it rains, it rains very hard, the wind blows very hard, but after 15 minutes it’s over and another 15 minutes later everything is dry again. We love this kind of weather. We have the last Polar of the day on our balcony and at 21:30 we’re dead beat and go to bed. We are then awake for more than 20 hours and have had a very tiring day. We sleep like roses, we hop. Maurits, Betty and Linda have been informed that we’re OK, so the most important things have been arranged. We especially need to make sure we learn some Spanish the next couple of days. Very good, we’re here and the vacation can start!

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Second attempt
Second attempt
The airplane is ready for departure
The airplane is ready for departure
Airport of Porlamar
Airport of Porlamar
First drink @ hotel
First drink @ hotel
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