Travel Woes

Hello from Newark Airport, 2 hours post original takeoff time. (FYI my original opening sentence was supposed to be “Greetings from the sky!” which sounds much better.)

Fair warning: Never travel with me because I always attract flight problems…delayed flights, cancelled flights, planes with bad auxiliary power boxes, lost bags, the works.

For today’s edition of “What Will Delay Kara’s Trip?” I give you: a faulty auxiliary power something or other. Or so the pilot says. I can usually brush off a delay if I don’t have a connecting flight. But of course, there’s no direct flight to Iowa (DANG YOU JFK AIRPORT FOR PERMANANTLY CANCELLING THE ONE NONSTOP TO IOWA) so I’m forced to make tight connections in places like Detroit or Minneapolis or Chicago. Naturally today’s delay caused me to miss my connection, so I de-boarded and was rebooked for a flight to Atlanta, and then to Iowa, arriving at 5:15pm. (Note: Atlanta is not on the way to Iowa from NY). Boarding time to Atlanta is when I should be arriving in Iowa. BUM.MER.

I even paid extra for a cushy exit row seat with lots of room!


I spent about 25 minutes picking the perfect seat on my original flight…extra leg room, on the aisle, with no one else in my row. I paid $9 extra (bargain!) for my prime seat. And now, on my next flight, I’m in a middle seat. A MIDDLE SEAT. I may be a spoiled brat but middle seats are my worst nightmare. Hello, claustrophobia and stiff knees.

At least the friendly Delta Airlines counter guy did his best and gave me a voucher for another flight and a voucher for lunch. I will take it. My lunch MIGHT consist of starburst and a bottle of water. Only because I’m in the worst terminal at EWR, where there’s only a bookstore and a coffee shop with fake egg sandwiches that they microwave in little plastic bags.

I’m serious.

On a more positive note, isn’t this uplifting?

Way to get those miles in, Garmin users! Every time I login to Garmin Connect, it shows how many miles users have logged, and what those miles are equivalent to. It’s probably a totally made up equation but I like the thought behind it. One example is above – that’s quite a few trips to the moon! Every time you login it’s different; I was also informed that 1,113,006 gallons of sweat have been produced. Keep sweatin’ people!

So, for now, I’m trying to make the best of things. But by the announcement they just made, this flight is full and they are probably going to make me check my bag. Remember how I don’t check bags? I’m such an airplane snob. I can’t help it…flying is such a hassle. Have I mentioned my bag has been lost no less than 5 times?

Oh and in case you were wondering, I didn’t bring The Stick. Didn’t want to risk it after hearing that some TSA agents see it as a “weapon”. No bueno. Both of my IT bands feel sore from yesterday’s hill repeats and my hamstring feels a little off but otherwise I’m feeling good post-hill repeats.

Now, because this post was extremely negative, I leave you with this…hopefully this photo makes you smile:

This is our old cat, Whiskers. He did this himself. Silly kitten.

Do you have any funny flight/airline/travel stories? I need some laughs. 
See y’all later!
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  1. March 29, 2012 / 4:03 pm

    I have a story to share, but it’s not funny at all. On my first trip to Michigan, I traveled all by my self. I took a flight from Hamburg to Zurich and then I was supposed to take the flight from Zurich to Chicago. Well, it never happened. The stuff at the airport lost my visa and they didn’t know if the USA would let me in without it. So, little 16-years-old me needed to spent over 24 at an airport in Switzerland. And yes, they speak German, but its very different from the German you speak in Northern Germany, so I didn’t understand a thing what the airport stuff tried to tell me (seriously, I am pretty sure they know how to speak high german, they just didn’t want to). Worst night ever. I think I’ve never cried that much. So, my dad took a flight to Zurich only to pick me up the next day. I ended up flying to the USA a week later.
    Sorry I don’t have a funny story to tell, but at least now you know it can get worst than that ;). Hope you arrive soon and safe!

  2. March 30, 2012 / 10:28 am

    That’s so horrible!! Getting lost in an unfamiliar place is terrifying, especially when you’re young! I’m glad everything ended up okay. (How can they lose a visa though?!?! That baffles me.) My travel day was a walk in the park compared to that. Guess I shouldn’t be complaining :)

    • March 31, 2012 / 5:34 pm

      I think every trip that includes an airport comes close to an nightmare :) The visa for the US contains a sticker into the passport as well as a extra form. They lost that extra form when they changed a flight because the original flight was cancelled.

    • March 30, 2012 / 1:25 pm

      I was actually next to a gate that had a flight going out to Iceland! I thought of you!

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