An experience that seems to happen more frequently than it should to Marketman et famille… We were scheduled to depart Venice for Amsterdam and Manila this morning at 6am and minutes before the flight, the pilot comes out to tell us there is something seriously wrong with the plane. So after waiting 30 minutes, they confirm they cannot fly this particular aircraft and we have to line up to get alternative flights. So, to make a long story short, instead of some 18 hours to get home, we will be in transit for some 36-38 hours, enough time to fly around the world once. Yipes. And worse, now that we have found our way to Paris on Air France, after a six hour wait in Venice, we are stuck in the newest CDG Terminal E and there are only two sandwich bars for a 9 hour wait! Egads. And we can’t head to the main terminal as our passports have already been stamped by immigration officers.
Then we have to fly to Hong Kong and wait there for 5 more hours and hope that PAL takes us on to Manila. Actually, we were totally impressed with how KLM/Air France handled the situation, I certainly wouldn’t want to fly on a plane with a part missing or not working, and they really seemed to do everything possible to get us on our way, even offering a flight to Beijing which was slightly shorter but we weren’t sure about a connection from there to Manila. And we are travelling on the cheapest possible tickets, a last minute decision to fly to Europe when their websites advertised an amazingly low $900 roundtrip airfare. At any rate, Marketman is in a rare zen mode state, and we can’t wait to get to Hong Kong, as we are all just SO READY for several orders of duck rice at Cafe Corral at the transit lounge there… This is a food deprived Marketman signing off from a fabulous, deserted and cold Terminal E in Paris! And yes, many of you guessed it, we spent the last week and a half in Paris and Venice. More on those adventures in the posts ahead! :)