I’m currently sitting in the La Serena airport writing what will be my last post (for La Serena, at least). If my family’s flight from Dallas arrived on time, they probably landed just a couple minutes ago. My 9:40 flight has been delayed and, given there’s no airplane on the tarmac, it may be a while. The gate attendant announced that our plane will arrive at 10:20, so I have time to kill. In true Murphy’s Law form, the WiFi here doesn’t work, so I’m not able to check in on my family’s flight (or communicate with them at all, for that matter).
On the bright side, they accepted my bag without giving any second thoughts to the weight, so it looks like all my things will be making the trip! I’m looking around and it’s refreshing to see how calm everyone here is, even with our delays. As I’m writing this, an attendant just came around and passed out candy to everyone in the boarding area. American Airlines, I hope you’re taking notes.
Now they think the plane will get here at 11:20. A few people left after they announced the delay, so it looks like we only have 15 or 20 people left for our flight. With no WiFi, the only hope to get in touch with my family is to call Julia at the house and have her post on my facebook. In the mean time, I’m working on a poster for a research conference at IWU shortly after I’m back in the states.
Just got a call from my dad… the family is safely in Santiago de Chile! Now, we’ll just have to wait until I can join them there and the vacation can begin. Until then, I’m glad to have a small movie collection on my computer; I’m watching Shaun of the Dead to pass the time.
They just told us the next information announcement would be two hours from now.
An attendant told me we’d leave at 13:50 at the absolute latest. I’m not getting my hopes up.
We’re about to board the plane! It’s finally happening! Adios to La Serena, CTIO, and all my friends back on the recinto. Family, here I come!
Well, the flight was interesting… I take back any comments I made about people taking the news about the delay calmly. As soon as the door to the plane closed, they all started screaming and chanting all sorts of things (which I won’t post here) during the captain’s announcements. One woman verbally attacked a flight attendant just for saying good afternoon to her. But, the flight was quick and we landed smoothly in Santiago. I grabbed my luggage and found my family waiting. Let the vacation begin!