Journey to Halifax, NS
Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
9Trip End Sep 25, 2011
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Luckily the check-in desk had opened by the time he returned, and as we had checked in online last night we were able to go straight to the bag drop, and within 15 minutes were through security and into the departures lounge.
Our usual routine is to kill some of the time at the airport by having breakfast. However, the restaurant chains have changed and we couldn't bring ourselves to pay £13 each for breakfast. We therefore headed to Boots for a Meal Deal of £3.95, and sat near our departure gate to eat breakfast and wait for the flight.
I was a little worried when I saw the plane as it did not have Air Canada livery, and we have been used to the great facilities on the usual planes, such as on-demand seat back entertainment and the 2-3-2 seating configuration I prefer which means that JB and I can sit on our own.
However, although it was a Star Alliance codeshare flight, it was fine inside and did have the usual facilities. Unfortunately my screen wasn't working (first time I've had that problem in 10 trips), but it didn't cause any real inconvenience as JB and I watched the same films on his screen and used an earphone splitter jack so we shared his sound output.
I had planned my film watching in advance by checking online to see what was in the September line up. In particular, I was very excited to see that the first episode of the new season of TrueBlood would be playing, which won't be shown in the UK until January 2012. I was also planning to watch West is West and Oranges and Sunshine. Unfortunately the codeshare flight had not had it's programming updated and we ended up watching the original Day of the Triffids (nowhere near as good as I'd remembered it) and Rango, which was vey surreal at times and had a great script.
The plane felt much warmer than usual, and coupled with lack of sleep from the last few days, I had a headache for the last couple of hours of the flight and was relieved to land.
As we were seated near the back of the plane, and our luggage was in a locker further back than our seat row, we had to wait til most people had disembarked before we could leave. This did have the advantage that our bags were already at the carousel when we got through immigration, so we were able to pick the hire car up and get on our way very quickly. We were given a complimentary upgrade to a SUV ( Ford Escape) and then had the traditional "discussion" about extra insurance options. I am risk averse (therefore a sucker for insurance) and JB is more laid back about the likelihood of an incident occurring which would have made the insurance worthwhile. However, I agreed that CAN$320 is a lot to add to the holiday cost and for the sake of matrimonial harmony I let JB take full responsibility for the decision on insurance, with the implicit understanding that I reserve the "I told you so" rights!
Soon after we were travelling down the highway towards Wolfville, for our overnight stop.