We’re currently in San Francisco in the Argonaut Hotel, probably the coolest hotel I’ve ever stayed at! We’re staying here too short of a time, and my day was mostly wasted on taking it easy, and taking naps. Turns out moving tires the crap out of you so much, that napping trumps sightseeing. Yes, I feel like an old lady.
I even had plans to run from our hotel to the start of the Golden Gate Bridge, but the day flew by before I had a chance to do anything, and by then, the fog had taken over the bridge and you couldn’t see a thing. I did have lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in almost 5 years, so I think my time here was worth it, even if I do need to come back to truly feel like I have in fact properly visited San Francisco!
The flight here was a bit of a nightmare… We got stuck in horrendous traffic on our way to the airport, only to get there and our tickets be messed up — they wanted to charge us $120 for our bags, as couldn’t see Karl’s premier status on the computer, OR that we were continuing over to an international location.
Finally, the agent manually fixed it, only for me to notice that she checked us in ALL THE WAY TO MANILA. Ignoring the day and a half we were spending in San Francisco. Luckily, I saw the luggage tag just in time — not having any of our stuff here with us (because remember, we don’t get a carry on because of the pets) would have been horrible. Specially, not knowing if we would ever get it back if it arrived in the Philippines 2 days before we do.
All in all, it took them an hour to check us in, at least. Then it was another forty minutes crossing airport security, then waiting for the stupid terminal bus at Dulles Airport. Finally, we caught our flight mid-way through boarding (when we were supposed to have arrived at the gate with plenty of time to relax and eat something — we hadn’t had a thing since breakfast, and our flight was at 5:15pm).
Though the plane boarded on time, it took them forever to finish boarding, then we sat at the around for a while waiting for our turn to take off, leaving half an hour late.
We finally landed, only to get to the baggage claim and hear the announcement that it was broken, but the mechanics were working on it. Another 20-30 minutes went by…
I guess at the end, it could have been worse by them losing our stuff or us completely missing our flight, luckily that didn’t happen.
I ended up having quite a few of these tonight…
Fingers crossed that tomorrow, everything goes smoothly. Karl has meetings at the airport, and since I have the pets, we figured it’s best if I go there a bit later (he’s leaving the hotel at 6am, our flight is not until noon). We had enough miles to upgrade our tickets to business first, which will certainly makes us much better rested when we land in Manila!
The weirdest part? Not only we spend about 17 hours in flight tomorrow, but we leave San Francisco at noon on Wednesday, to arrive in Manila (after a 1.5 hour layover in Tokyo) at 11pm on Thursday. Yep, POOF! Just like that, we lose a whole day!
We also FINALLY got assigned our temporary housing, and it’s not near the neighborhood where our permanent housing will be like. I’m dying to get anything resembling a routine back, but looks like it won’t be until June…
Next time I post, I’ll be doing so from THE FUTURE (we’re 12 hours ahead). Stay tuned!