Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hawaii - Day 1

Well, you can't really say it's Day 1 because we arrived at 11 pm. The transit time from Calgary was quiet and quite uneventful. Our good friend, Arnie, took us to the airport after bringing gifts for my birthday and Christmas, including a new roll-aboard computer case that fit the bill perfectly for the trip. We had a short flight to Vancouver, then cleared customs and had a 6 hour flight to Honolulu, where we got a taxi for our hotel 2 blocks from the beach. The taxi driver was from Korea and gave all sorts of good advice which I didn't understand because his accent was quite strong, but he was a nice guy.

We flew WestJet - and by God's grace, may I always be able to get a WestJet flight to where ever I am going. Upbeat and funny, the attendants make you laugh and remove most, if not all, of the tension related to even the slight delay in departure from Vancouver due to computer glitches. Minimal turbulence, seatback satellite television, snacks.

Glad for wheels on our bags - we followed the Rick Steve's mantra of taking only carry on and it worked fine. Coming back, though, I intend to check my bags - all except the computer and souvenirs. Clothes can be replaced at home, but to not have your bags arrive with you at the beginning of a trip - that was a risk we didn't want to take.

Well, enough for now. Boring travelogue for an uneventful flight. I hope to give you exciting details from the ship tomorrow.

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