This morning a late 60’s song, “I’m leaving on a jet plane… all my bags are packed and ready to go…” came to mind, since today is our travel day — first to Charlotte then on to Rome arriving in Italy tomorrow morning around 9:30 am local (Rome) time. After all our planning, it’s hard to believe this day has finally arrived!
We’re packed and ready to head out. Both carry-on bags are within the allowable size and under the maximum weight of 50 pounds each by 10-15 pounds (plenty of room for purchases– pre-planning here — plus we can dump the plastic coat hangers if needed). We each have a personal item to carry on — mine contains an iPad (don’t leave home without it!), paperback (for take-offs and landings when electronics are not allowed), Sudoku book, deck of cards, pillow and snacks. What more could we need for our 9 1/2 hour flight?! There’s one additional carry-on bag with a change of clothes for each of us plus an e-PC and some additional food.
Yesterday when printing boarding passes, the option to upgrade to priority was offered at only $10 per person per flight (for the non-math-wizzes, that’s a total of $40), so we took that option. It allows us to go through the speedy security line plus board in the first group. Why is that important, since everyone has assigned seating already? It guarantees you space in the overhead bin for your carry-on, plus you can get situated and watch while everyone else boards or sleep, read, whatever.
We’ll be in Charlotte, NC for less than 90 minutes before boarding our direct flight to Rome. Dinner will be served and marks the true beginning of our adventure, knowing that if we forgot anything, we can’t do anything about it, so we might as well have a glass of wine and relax!
This morning I downloaded WordPress apps on my phone and iPad, so I may be able to add a few sentences to this post from the airports as a test of the “emergency broadcasting system.”
If you haven’t already read the blog page titled “dreaming,” you might enjoy reading it now, as it provides a little history on why going to Rome and Egypt are so important to us. You can access this page at the bottom right of the ship photo (not the bottom right of the page).