Wednesday, June 20, 2012
This morning the alarm in St. Louse quietly sounded at 3:30. By 4:00 DH and I were packed and on the way to the airport, with one quick stop for gas and some yogurt and granola for me. BTW, to my DSIL, those Zone bars were life savers.
Got to the airport to discover that bad weather gave the crew for my 5:50 AM flight too little rest time so I was transferred to American Airlines and routed through Miami.... which was having bad storms. At the time we were to land in Miami.... 2 hrs. and 15 minutes before my connection to Panama... we were landing in Fort Meyers to refuel for further circling if we has to do it. We landed about the time my flight to Panama was to leave. However when I got to the gate, the time for leaving had been put ahead by 70 minutes... still possibly giving me the chance to make the connection from one airport to another in Panama City and get to David by 5:00 PM. As I watched the time changed from 1:00 to 1:25 giving me slim to no chances of making the connecting flight....we would arrive about 3:30, the connecting flight left at 4:15 and besides going through customs and immigration, I have a 30-40 minute cab ride.
The cab driver was a whiz and got me there in 30 minutes.... 45 minutes after my flight left. Luckily while I was still in Miami, I was able to connect with DS. She made a reservations for me at La Estancia, the B & B she and Tracy always stay in on their travels and where DH and I stayed in February.
The Air Panama representative at Allbrook (the local airport) spoke "un poquito" English, however, one look at my reservation and she immediately realized what had happened. I knew from talking to DS and her friend that the most I should be charged for changing the ticket was $10. I indicated I knew there was a 7 AM and a 9 AM flight... I preferred the 9 AM. I could get sleep in a little, get breakfast. I couldn't quite understand why she kept saying I was going on the 7 AM flight.... the 9 AM flight is full. She quietly and efficiently printed a new reservation for me AT NO CHARGE!
So I am now safely settled in La Estancia after finding a small cafe at the airport and getting a chicken empanada and a coffee con leche. I actually paid $3.49 for a snack on the Miami to Panama flight because the Zone bars has faded from my system. I got 3/4 oz. of cheese, 2 nice crackers, a box of raisins and a bag of mixed nuts. I have to say the empanada and coffee were like manna from heaven... so was the banana I just had here. It is the first fresh thing I have had since the gas station yogurt parfait at 4:15 AM.
After I send this out, I plan a cold shower and sleep since I am meeting my taxi at the front door here at 5:45 AM! I just talked to DS and nothing is planned for tomorrow besides a good breakfast in David and a great pineapple she has waiting for me.