First day becomes Delay Day....

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Playing some cards to pass while we wait for our plane to arrive from Aruba....
Sunday morning and we are getting everyone and everything into the two mini buses for the two hour drive to the airport. We are leaving for Cuba today for my brother's wedding and everyone is excited. Nerves brought on by anticipation of the sun, as our plane was scheduled to leave at 6pm and we are on our way to the airport at 10am. Yes the bride was a little nervous and wanted to make sure we were there in lots of time. If she only knew what we would be dealt later in the day, our departure plans may well have been altered just a tad.

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.
5 hours later we are getting ready to leave....
Seeing as there is not a wealth of activities sitting out in the bag check area of an airport some of us decide to head on through customs and find some intriguing opportunities on the other side. These are hard to find in most airports on today. There was a playoff football game on the tube so we found a spot to watch the game. This is where the price is paid we watched the game on a 19 inch TV while paying $9 for a pint of beer. Oh well good to get some beer into us now because little did we know that we were on the verge of getting the news that every traveler hates to hear....FLIGHT DELAYED!!!!!

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.
Getting settled for the flight. The little one did not last long after take off....:)
So many people from so many places, many people we will never see again and many people that do not even know you exist. Beautiful none the less how we all come together in one place and pass by each other without as much as a second look. I enjoy sitting and watching people interactions in the airport and reactions to announcements of delays. Some people have very little patience and believe the world is out to get them and it makes me chuckle a little every time.

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.
Lobby Bar at 3:30 am...Cuban beer makes you strong...
After this great little tidbit of info that we received the airline informed us that they were giving us $15 food vouchers so that we could grab a bit to eat. Nice gesture on their part as we had children and a few grandparents that were getting a little uncomfortable. What better way to make people forget about their long delay then to give them some free food to scoff down and knock them out until the plane is to arrive....lol

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....
seeUaroundtheWorld says:
Hi Ryan! I was more lucky than you...it's my return flight that was delayed. So I ended staying by the beach an extra day with all expenses paid!
Posted on: Jun 04, 2008
Africancrab says:
Hey I wanna do Cuba too. How did you get there/ Visas? transport. Giv eme some more info, flights etc:)
Posted on: May 26, 2008
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