First day becomes Delay Day....
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January 6th, 2008 – by: CanadianBorn
Arrive at the Pearson Airport in Toronto at noon for our flight. No problems picking up the tickets from the Sunwing counter and letting the people who have yet to arrive know where they need to go to get theirs.
It started out that our plane was only delayed for a couple hours, no worries the airport is a great place for a people watcher to get stranded.
So after about another hour of sitting around people watching and playing some cards I go and check on our flight and I walk up to the board to find that the flight has now been delayed until 11pm. That is a five hour delay and no matter how much you enjoy people watching a delay like this at the beginning of the trip starts to get to you because you just want to get out of here and put both feet on foreign soil.
It is closing in our time to go to our gate only to find when we get there that our gate has been changed one last time before take off. No worries other gate was just around the corner, so we perform a 180 and walk to where we had just come from. At this point everybody is doing what they need to past the last few minutes before we are to board, sleeping, reading, cards as for myself being I am restless so I go for a walk around aimlessly watching people pass by and stopping to play some volleyball. Yes first time I have played volleyball in the airport, and I want to take this opportunity to apologize again to the lady who's coffee we knocked out of her hand. We did by her a new one don't worry.
We board the plane and I can feel the plane's wheels leaving the runway and it is 11:15pm. Not to bad five hours late but we have left the airport. Complimentary drinks and headphones to say sorry for the inconvenience, I say thank you and ask for a rum and diet. The plane lands safely and we take the half hour drive from the airport to the resort which goes very quickly because of the friendly atmosphere created by the tour guide. At the resort and the front desk staff is excellent and has us checked in with little wait time. As we are checked in the lovely lady at the front desk informs our group that the lobby bar is open 24 hours...GIDDY UP!!!!
We leave with instructions to all who are interested that we will meet back down in the lobby bar for some welcome to Cuba drinks. As I walk my bags to my room I think back at the longevity of our day and to the potential of fun that lies ahead....
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