End of our 25th anniversary dream vacation.

Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
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Trip End Sep 17, 2012


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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ok. Woke up early. Grabbed a cab to the train. Cab driver says, "train? With that many bags? ".
Ok buddy, we have been gone a month. Ha. 3 duffle bags, one extra one than we started with,
I have a back pack and purse. Alfredo has a computer /electronics, carry on bag.
So, found the train Platform easily. Ate a bit for breakfast. I had a bagel. Found a crispy cream place and bought a chocolate one with MILK for the man while I was finishing last minute shopping. He had burger king.
Jumped on the train. ** we had a push cart for the luggage. In London, you put a pound in on the handle and when you return the cart, you get your pound back. It is gold colored and thicker than a quarter.
It was only a 20 min ride to the airport.*** and it only cost about 12 pounds a piece ? The taxi would have been
60-80 Pounds. Around that. Will have to check and make sure. Cheaper and easy.
Train ride was quick and they had a TV with news on.
Grabbed a cart once we arrived at the airport FREE and loaded up again for the airport gate Not bad.
Went through the check lines quickly.
Gave ourselves about 3 1/2 hrs from the hotel. Just in case. Arrived at our gate 2 hrs early.
On the plane and we had really good seats. Paid a 100 extra for more leg room and we were in a front row, so I could have laid down on the floor and slept, although I didn't. Ha the lap tray was In The handle and the tv screen was by the seat and you had to pull it up and twist it to see it. Too far away for me, but it worked.
I recommend picking your seats early when you purchase the tickets, it helps.
Also, the computer has so many movies that you can watch, for free. At least 50 plus TV shows, games, kids cartoon movies, ** alfredo watched 2-3 of those. lots, music that you can choose your songs and then play your list, puzzles, cards, game boards 2 people can play, lots of entertainment .
They fed us twice on The 10 hr ride and came by 4 x for drinks. First was chicken / rice or beef and veggies. With bread and a dessert. Then a ham? And cheese on rye bread thingy with a small chocolate dessert candy and chips. About an hour before landing. I had the chicken / then just the rye bread. Leftovers went to Alfredo, which he devoured. Ha ,,then said he did not like it. No sleep for either one of us and no "we need a doctor" calls.
My throat started to hurt on the plane. Gosh. Right now is is still hurting. Have to start some antibiotics. Made it all the way home without catxhing every elses colds, and now sick? Hope it goes away quickly.
We flew so fast through a few storms ^^^^ lots of rocking and rolling. And i was watching a movie with a plane crash in it. , not good for me, kind of made me sweat before we settled down at a lower elevation. we landed an hr early in Frisco. Alfredo decided that we used to have a 3 hr layover now it is 4 hrs. So he rented a car and instead of 11 pm arrival, we were home at 7:30.
House looks good, but hot. 86 degrees inside so the air was on immediately. Showered all those airplane peoples germs off of me and straight to bed. Had been up about 28 hrs. Dont know how my brother does it. Took some motin and lights out.
Alfredo did the same. Will get some groceries today and join the rest of our world again.

It was a wonderful trip and after 25 years together, we can still travel and not kill each other. HA
Lots of memories made and pictures taken. Had lots of fun with our friends. Decided that we love dance cruises.
As it keeps Alfredo happy. He really does have ADD. Has to be doing something ALL the time.
He is talking about the Alaska one again. I am pushing the carribean, or Tahiti.
All of them are dance cruises. Swing/ Dixie .
We may check into a zydeco one. Most of them are down the river ones.

Next trip is Medford. Will get to see my niece Deana. Always fun as she joins us for dancing. Her 2 children are both in college now, so she is learning to live life as an empty nester. My, those are difficult days after having children around all the time. We all go through that, don't we? My nest started out early and ended up late. Bounce back children. Ha. Now, I just turn on the TV for noise.

So, again, we had a wonderful time. I will be sending pics now that we are home.
Alfredo works Wednesday and has 10 out of 11 days to catch up on the shifts he missed. No vacation days paid, for doctors . I work ER on Friday and will call the clinics for days today. Hope i did not pick up a shift this week. Ha Back to the old grind.

Thanks for all your comments on the blog and now, you kind of know the ends and outs of how you get around In other countries. Most of you have been before me and know it already. This was our first trip.
You won't starve as mcDonalds is all over the world as is COKE. Not Pepsi. Better to find a grocery store quickly as it is always cheaper and healthier. Try not to travel during the summer as it is PACKED with tourists. The locals are friendly, where we went. I told Alfredo that I did not really need a hotel. Everywhere I went, I met people that would have opened up their doors for me. It was fun meeting them. Oh, and since January 2012, lots of cointries do not allow smoking in hotels, restaurants , etc. although they smoke everywhere on the street.
Lots od chain stores to shop in and lots of local one. Touristy stuff in EVERY town.
Visa works everywhere. Exchange your money at a local banks that do not charge fees, instead of the street Exchange places that charge a percentage.
Up to 15% . Will let you know what our personal b of a charged us. Now that we are home and can check.
All and all, a wonderful trip thanks to Alfredo who planned all the hotels and train tickets and planes and the cruise.

See you all soon.

Thats all folks.

Linda and Alfredo
Mom and Papa
And Aunt. Ha
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Rachel on

....And thank YOU for bringing me along..

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