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On my way ....

Can't believe D Day has arrived. Yesterday was frenetic with trying to make all of the bookings for the Ecuador leg of the trip. Some of it will have to wait until I get there. Am now slowly channeling myself back into the Canada wavelength again and all of the things I need to do when I get there.

Tonight I get a very late flight, 45 minutes after midnight, from Dubai International via Paris to Montreal. Have four hours transit time at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris. Then in Montreal another two or three hours waiting and then getting a KLM arranged courtesy bus to Ottawa Railway Station.

Last night was the first time since we've been able to get our boarding passes online that I was unable to do so. Was quite worrisome as it said that I, or a member of my party had restrictions applying to us. So clarified that this morning. Apparently there was a hick up somewhere in the booking system. Still can't get a boarding pass however, so will do this the old and trusted way tonight. Will be interesting to see how my laptop is going to make it through security. Particularly at Charles De Gaulle Airport. Time will tell!

6 blog comments below

Have fun, Dean. How well do you handle 'jet lag'?
standready on Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:51 pm
Have a good (and safe) one, Globetrotter.
Ankhanu on Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:10 pm
Nice. Have a good one.

btw where are you from originally I have always wondered
Josso on Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:05 am
@Josso. I'm originally from South Africa. Emigrated to Canada.

Am in transit right now at Charles De Gaulle Airport, waiting for my flight to Montreal that is due to depart in three hours. I'm in a new part of the airport, but it's a joke design wise. Cheap materials, furniture that are already tatty. Just spent (wasted) 20 USD on a flavoured lemon drink (I was that thirsty), bottle of water and 30 minutes of Internet. WIFI is not free here, got to pay for it with my credit card. Not impressed.

Was able to use WIFI at Dubai Airport no problem, just did not have enough time to make use of the opportunity however.

Flew Air France last night, those plane seats were the narrowest ever. Probably one of the most uncomfortable flights ever as felt squashed. However lucked out with good flying partners and the cabin staff were great as well. Flight was six hours. Now for another 8 hours from Paris to Montreal. I'm sure I'll be grateful and relieved when I land in Ottawa, which is another two hours by bus from Montreal Pierre Trudeau Airport after a transit wait of four hours. Think I'm going to use my first day resting.
deanhills on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:47 am
Per minute? That's like the 56k days. That's pretty cool you have shifted about the world quite a lot - I couldn't bring myself to leave the UK for more than a month
Josso on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:10 am
@ Josso. I don't think I really having a home as sorts. Home has grown pretty much into where I am. While I was in Canada I felt more like a Canadian expat visiting Canada than a Canadian. I'm originally from South Africa. When I visit South Africa I feel like a visitor. In the UAE I'm on a temporary residency, so may happen that I have to leave when the UAE needs to free up my job for their own people. Once I have no work contract, my residency pretty much ends there and then.

One month is indeed a long period of time however. Sort of a good test for me too. Like to see where I see myself fit into the globe.
deanhills on Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:09 pm

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