Agnes and I were up at 7:00 am and in the shower. This was actually only 11:00 pm Pacific time Sept 24 back in Kelowna as there is an 8 hour time difference. We had a quick breakfast with Liam and Siubhan before getting in the car at 8:20 am. Liam had said it was only 50 minutes on a good day down to the Lisbon airport but at this time of day we were looking a rush hour traffic. Liam made good time down to Lisbon until we got to within a few kilometres of the airport and then the freeway turned into a parking lot. However Liam skillfully maneuvered us through what seemed like a maze of fly overs and under passes and dropped us at the airport just minutes before 10:00 am. After the good byes and thanks on the departures ramp they were off.
Agnes and I found the Air Canada kiosk and dropped our luggage and headed for security. It seemed pretty easy and then off to passport control to get our passports stamped. So you are stamped in and out. As it turned out they had the wrong date on the stamp but nobody seemed to notice or care. Makes me wonder why they bother to stamp you out. Finally down to the gate and a chance to catch our breath. The flight was on time at 12:50 and while it looked like we had lots of time we got to the gate only 20 minutes before boarding.
The plane was another of Air Canada’s cast offs now flying under the banner of “Rouge” and it was cooking hot on the plane as no one turned the AC on. Once on board we sat on the ground for 30 minutes before being pushed back. Didn’t get into the takeoff cue. OOPS! However we were on our way. It seemed like we were surrounded by hackers. There was a lady infront of us who coughed almost continuously and there were two or three others behind us who coughed sporadically. If we avoid the plague it will be a miracle. The flight was pretty smooth and non-eventful so I guess that is a successful outcome. Unfortunately neither Agnes nor I were able to catch a nap during the 7 plus hour flight.
Upon arrival in Toronto we were still 20 minutes late and now had to clear customs, go through a second set of security screening and wind our way through the sprawling maze of the Toronto airport going from the international arrivals gate to the domestic departures. However we sat on the tarmac for 15 minutes as the ground crew didn’t have the gate ready. I guess someone forgot to call ahead. OOPS! We did have a three hour layover. However by time all of this transpired all we had time for was to grab a quick Teen Burger from an A&W and get on the next leg of the journey to Vancouver.
The leg to Vancouver was a brand new Air Canada plane with modern seats and built in tv monitors and power points on the seats. Agnes and I watched the new Guardians of the Galaxy #2. It was good but not as good as Guardians of the Galaxy #1. Lots of cameos by different actors and pretty campy. The movie ate up 2 hours of the 5 hour flight. So I still had lots of time to snooze but just couldn’t find a nap anywhere.
The Vancouver layover was three hours so we had lots of time to wander down the corridor from one gate to the next. We stopped at a panni shop and had a bite to eat which really helped to revive us or at least keep us moving. The plane was a turbo prop and it was only a 40 minute hop over to Kelowna. Maybe it was the drone of the engines but both Agnes and I slept the entire 40 minutes of the flight.
The luggage rolled off and we headed out to find a cab home. We opened the door to our place in Kelowna a couple of minutes before 1:00 am Sept 26. Total elapsed time from our first show to Kelowna 26 hours. Home sweet Home.
I would like to thank Liam and Siubhan for putting together and hosting us in Portugal. It was a fabulous adventure and one Agnes and I treasure. We look forward to our next adventure with you.