Okay, Okay, normally I wouldn’t complain about having to spend another day in Tuscany… but I have other plans. Yesterday I missed my flight, and it had a domino affect that resulted in the worst tangle of travel complications I’ve ever had. I’ve missed flights before –sometimes my own fault, sometime through circumstances beyond my control (this time it was a combination… the taxi took a long time to get to my hotel, and got trapped behind a slow-moving truck on the way in, but I should have budgeted more time in the morning)– but normally I hop on the next flight and it works out, usually with no fee.
This time was different.
For fare reasons, I had a fairly complicated flight plan, involving a round-trip from RDU to Zurich, and a second round-trip from Zurich to Pisa. Though they are actually fairly close geographically, there are limited flights out of Pisa, all involving a layover (sometime 12 hours!), and when I missed my flight out of Pisa, there was simply no way of connecting through in time to catch my flight out of Zurich (and there’s only one of those to the States per day). So half a day later of figuring out how to get in touch with the 4 airlines involved by payphone and Internet, and several outlandish rebooking fees later, I ended up with tickets the next day… for most of my trip. I now get home 2 hours and an additional layover later on an already tight schedule to go on my vacation back to Missouri for my 20th high school reunion. After flying for 18 hours, I’m not looking forward to a 15-hour drive nearly as much…
On the lighter side, a colleague drove me in his luxury sports car to Lucca, a nice little medieval city 25 kilometers away. We strolled around all evening, talked technology and neurology and such, had a nice dinner and a gelato, and snapped pictures of the town.
This morning I snapped awake at 5:30, long before my wake-up call. You’d better believe I’m making this flight… which is now boarding…. Ciao, y’all.