Swine flu and all that
With only just over two weeks to go (when I started this entry), the usual pre-holiday disasters which seem to be inevitable, have been creeping up. From Bob losing his wallet (with driving license, debit and credit cards, residencia card, you name it....), John developing a gammy foot, a garden fork going through the water main, Bob's shower going cold, the septic tank overflowing, Swine Flu.... every day a new problem).
But we refuse to panic and all of the above, with the possible exception of swine flu, have been successfully dealt with, starting with Bob's wallet being handed in intact to a "Tabac" in Cartagena. No one left a name, so we have been unable to thank the honest person who handed it in. Thank you, thank you!
A long list of "things to do before we go" remain virtually untouched but we will get there in the end.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have booked a night tour of Alcatraz during our stop in San Francisco at the end of our 4-week trip.
One of the biggest annoyances booking with BA was the fact that, as mere casual travellers with no "status", we have been unable to chose our seats despite paying a small fortune for the flights. Somehow we have managed to coincide our departure with Spring Bank Holiday in UK. It is a mystery how this happened as John is always careful to take account of holidays when planning the itinerary. This has meant that the outward flight to Chicago has getting booked up and there was a chance we may not even get seats together!
However, a friend has contacts at BA. Shhhh! Don't tell anyone but we now have our seats allocated, including two together on the Upper Deck of the 747 on the way back from San Francisco. Apparently these seats are like gold dust as they are much sought after by regular travellers and, as they tend to be solo travellers, single seats get booked up and two together are rare.
I have found a great site for drawing up our itinerary and I'll put details of this here in the next day or so.
Meanwhile, back to the packing.