Wake Me Up When We Get There

1 Aug

During my time working for the State of Texas, I flew frequently for my job. I arrived at the airport with just enough time to slip on board the plane to Houston, Corpus or El Paso. If meetings ended early, it was easy to jump on an earlier flight. And there was no additional charge!

Mexico City Airport

When 9-11 happened, the addition of a security line increased the amount of time necessary to arrive at the airport. An hour flight from Austin to Houston took so much additional time in a security line, that it was often easier to drive. Fees began to pile on for rescheduling flights. Flying became less fun.

We travel light. Unfortunately Stela had to stay home.

Our recent trip to the United States from Mexico, after a year and a half in quarantine has us thinking twice about the future of travel. Add to the experience is the fact that none of us is getting any younger. There are additional fees for everything, checked luggage, seat selection and even water on the plane. Each airline has different requirements for proof of health, an application to to be downloaded and filled out or paper to be signed. So much screening! To leave Mexico City we had to get up at two a.m. to be at our flight three hours ahead of time. We knew it would be different but nothing prepared us for the actual experience.

Lisa takes a snooze.
Fun times with the grands. Makes it all worth it.

At the same time, we are excited to see family and friends. We can no longer isolate in our jungle paradise, although I will be supremely happy to get back when our tasks are completed and we make our way home.


6 Responses to “Wake Me Up When We Get There”

  1. Jack Scott August 2, 2021 at 3:30 am #

    With or without COVID, I find the entire flying experience tedious and uncomfortable. It’s my age, I guess! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 August 2, 2021 at 4:14 am #

      It IS tedious and uncomfortable. Which is really too bad.


  2. Jack Scott August 2, 2021 at 3:32 am #

    Oops pressed post prematurely! It’s worth it when you have family to see, especially after so long.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 August 2, 2021 at 4:15 am #

      Yes, we’re willing to put up w a lot for our kids and grandchildren.


  3. Emilie August 2, 2021 at 5:23 am #

    I just canceled my flight to Louisville to go see my sister and her family in about three weeks. Louisville area is becoming a hotspot for Covid. Again. With my weakened immune system, I decided not to risk the trip itself or the visit. Actually my sister nudged me into not going, and I thank her for it, but I’m furious at all the maskless and vaccineless people who have caused this.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 August 2, 2021 at 7:40 am #

      Yup, my high school reunion is in September, I was going to hop a cheap flight but I don’t trust those folks. Too many republicans. 😞


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