I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Monday, September 22, 2014
We are off on another of our adventures,
this one to Europe for a 14 day river cruise with Viking Cruises followed by 14
days in an apartment overlooking the Danube River in Budapest. This adventure
did not get off to a good start however . . .
We were informed at check-in at the airport
that our first flight from Halifax to Toronto was “Delayed” in St. Johns with
mechanical problems. We did not have a lot of time in Toronto between flights,
so this was an immediate worry made worse when we were given the “good news”
that the plane had left St. Johns NFLD. This was not good news for us since our
plane from Toronto was not waiting around for us. The airline kindly offered us
a hotel in Toronto and rearranged our flights to Amsterdam . . . . a flight to
Dallas Texas in the morning and way later in the day, a flight to Amsterdam
that would get us there by Monday, when the boat would be well on it’s way to
On the Boat
We could join the cruise, but not until
Tuesday in Cologne, so we debated giving up and fighting with the Travel
Insurance company and the cruise company for compensation, but finally elected
to go to Toronto and hope for the best.
Fortunately I found a friendly and
resourceful Westjet employee, who had some imagination and instead of saying
“no” said “Let’s try something else.”, and after computer searches, phone calls
and queries from me, suggested “This is a bit of a complicated route but it
will get you there.” He found a flight to Iceland leaving in an hour with
another flight an hour after getting to Iceland that would get us to Amsterdam
by noon on Sunday in plenty of time to catch the boat.
So almost exactly 24 hours after leaving
home we had added another country to our list and we were tired but comfortably
settling into our cozy cabin on the Viking Baldur. And we still had time to
explore Amsterdam on a walking tour.