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Calgary – here I come

September 6th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

It was not with enough sleep on board this morning when I caught the 0547 train to Frankfurt airport. It wasn’t that I stayed up and packed – except for a few odds and ends that had been done for over a day.

It was all the other things – like trash and garbage and wondering why I hadn’t remembered to leave my keys where I could reach them rather than in the bottom of the backpack.  And talking to kids, and making sure bills were paid and …. you get the idea.

So I made the airport then had to wait till Air Canada was able to get computers up and running. They don’t have a lounge, so the Lufthansa one did just fine. At the gate I made an interesting discovery – Air Canada is willing to fill extra business class seats with its top ranking frequent flyers.  Air Canada’s frequent flyers and not Star Alliance. Lufthansa status didn’t count.

It would have been nice. Coach was almost full (10 seat belonging to those now sitting/laying in business class. But I wound up with a nice seat companion returning from time in Italy spent with her father and all the Italian relatives. Her husband was still in a good mood after being overwhelmed by in-laws.

I finished the purple hat and did 3/4 of a hitchhiker. Snoozing off and on, but not sleeping. Might as well knit!

Canadian immigration asks a lot of questions including the Why are you here? Hello? Don’t you want tourists to come, look and leave money? So after 25 minutes in line for my five minutes of grilling I collected my luggage and headed toward the exit.

On the other side was Marise. She and her husband Mike met me and gave me a ride to the hotel. We then proceeded to go for an early lunch.

I am now dead on my feet and going to sleep. With any luck I can meet up with Richard and Donna tomorrow (Granduer TA 2011) for coffee before meeting George at the airport mid-afternoon for our ride to Banff.

 

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  1. Dave
    September 7th, 2013 at 07:59 | #1

    Come on! Canadian immigration CAN’T be worse than US immigration LOL

  2. Holly
    September 7th, 2013 at 08:01 | #2

    @Dave
    Not sure, but then I am a US passport holder so for me it is a matter of just enduring the line. It certainly is a lot more challenging than the UK where they give you the gimlet eye but are fine as long as you have a way out of the country then wield that wonderful “NO USE OF PUBLIC FUNSDS” stamp before telling you to have a “nice day”

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