I have just started my one week getaway to Sicily, and things have been insane already!
First off, the day started off great! I woke up early and still hadn’t packed. But that was OK, because I knew I had time. And I did. I had time to pack, do laundry, put the dishes in the dishwasher, vacuum the entire apartment, and even mop the kitchen and bathroom floors.
Two hours before my flight departure of 13:30, I figured it was time to call a cab. “Sorry, no one’s available right now. Call back in 2-3 minutes.” I wasn’t stressed, this always happens. Only – I called back and there was still no cabs. Shoot! I called another company and had a cab come.
Now I had about an hour and a half until my flight took off. No problem. It was still enough time to check in and board. The cab company I called wasn’t who I thought they were. And I ended up paying double what I normally pay! On top of that, the driver was chatty and annoying. And he dropped me off at 12:26! “4 minutes until it’s one hour until departure,” I thought. It was just enough time. I was the only one checking in (because I was probably the last passenger).
12:45. I’m standing in line waiting to go through customs, and they’re calling my flight to board. “Wow, that’s 45 minutes before flight departure,” I though. It seemed a bit early, but whatever. So I get to the gate and I’m waiting to board, and I take the time to check my flight itinerary in my email…
My flight was leaving at 13:10 – not 13:30 like I initially thought! Oh boy, I felt like I got lucky that time. I made the first flight. With a one hour layover in Rome, I was now hoping that I’d have no more problems.
And I didn’t. I made it in without problems. Had a bit of a headache so I bought myself something to eat. And I made the second flight without worry.
I land in Catania. The airport has no wifi. I don’t really know where to go. There’s supposed to be a free shuttle between the airport and my hotel, but I have absolutely no idea where it is. I ask Information. No help. I go out to where all the buses are, look at the signs, ask around. And I’m still lost. I know the hotel is really close by, but one of the bus drivers advised me against walking, and considering there was a gypsy begging for money as soon as I walked outside through the airport doors, I figured I’d take their advice.
So I call the hotel, hoping that all my phone credits don’t get eaten up by an international roaming phone call. They didn’t!! In fact, the call cost me like $0.30! Awesome! However, it didn’t help because I still couldn’t find his shuttle bus. So instead of stressing and worrying, I was just going to suck it up and take a cab. Only, I had to make sure I could pay by card cause I only have like €9 in change on me.
After being shuffled around to what was probably the cab area that rips off tourists, the guy says he takes credit cards. I know I’m about to be ripped off, but at this point, I’m not gonna stress over it as long as he gets me to my hotel. I paid €15 for a cab ride that lasted less than 5 minutes to go to a hotel that was less than a kilometer from the airport. But looking at the scenery that I’d have to endure if I had walked, I was glad I ended up using transportation other than my own two feet.
So now I’m here, blasting the AC, treating myself to snacks in the mini fridge, and watching Italian poker on TV. The room even came with a nice pair of hotel slippers! I’m about to breathe a sigh of relief, when my boyfriend, who is supposed to meet me here tomorrow with his family, tells me that his flight has been delayed by two hours!!! He’s flying out from YYZ, and his 16:00 departure has been pushed until 18:00! Which means, he’ll miss his layover, and he’ll be arriving to Catania at a later time than initially planned. And I only have my hotel room for one night…
As long as he arrives tomorrow, all will be well…
And this is just the beginning of my Italian family vacation!