A few weeks back, my dear friend Muriel from Toronto called and said, “Darling, I know it’s short notice, but I’m going to the Galapagos and want you to come with me”. My oh my! What do you say to that? Well, you say yes, of course!
Before I knew it, we were off – but it wouldn’t be a trip if there wasn’t a little excitement and pressure to actually make my departure. Somehow this seems to be the case with me and planes. After departing to Toronto to meet my dear friend Muriel at Billy Bishop Airport, mid-flight we had to return to Ottawa with landing gear issues.
Are you kidding me?
Suddenly meeting Muriel and getting to Pearson for a 1:00pm flight started to look problematic. What to do? Keep calm and figure it out. Sitting on the tarmac, waiting to be towed to the gate, I am making calls and strategizing with Muriel. It was seriously looking like she might have to go ahead and I would follow a day later. Fortunately, Porter immediately got us on another flight, leaving just a little later than the promised 9:30am.
I gun it through the airport tunnel (Thank you, boot camp) and made my way to the front of the line for a cab “Do you mind? I’m on my way to Ecuador, please let me through.” I told my cab driver my story and he stepped on it, saying it would take 12 minutes. Meanwhile Muriel is working her travel industry expertise at Pearson – my bags are checked and Nexus will let me go through with her. I arrived at American Airlines Gate 13 to a smiling Muriel holding bag tags. 12 minutes exactly from downtown to Pearson. God bless you, Mr. Cab Driver.
We check through with even a little time to spare…what a relief!
Quito was beautifully relaxing. We took our time this morning. I unpacked and reorganized my suitcase and toiletries (my way of relaxing – haha). Really good friends don’t make any comments when you do this btw (Thank you, Muriel). We made our way to the old city, wandered around and had lunch. Back at the Swiss Hotel for 3:00pm to have the famous hot chocolate and a delicious nap. Out to dinner with friends in the evening and then off to the Galapagos the next morning!
Stay tuned for more travel updates,