The entire trip was a crazy adventure, are you ready for a long post? Here is how it went on the first day of our trip to Paris to be with Sam and Remi for their wedding:
Upon arriving at JFK last Saturday* with Kim we quickly realized that the NY heatwave left even the air conditioned indoors sticky and warm and after a sweaty check in we found a bar below ground for some lunch and cold drinks. Courteney arrived a little after us and to our horror she wasn't allowed on the plane and we were told there was absolutely no way to change it. We all pulled out our phones and started making calls to the airline, chasing down people who worked in the airport and generally making a scene until a woman from Swiss Air came up to me very covertly and motioned for us to follow her. We grabbed our things and scurried to the desk where she checked Court in and strongly advised us to run for it. We ran all the way to the gate and into our seats.
Finally settled, I closed my eyes and drifted off to sleep as the plane sped down the runway. On the upward incline into the hazy sky, a sudden lurch propelled my body forward and we came to a screeching halt. According to the captain the engine had failed. Cue sarcasm: Wonderful.
Of course then we couldn't get a spot at a gate, then even longer to find some stairs for the mechanic to get on the plane. All the while our captain gave us detailed updates, contempt dripping from every word. I thought it was hysterical that he was being so honest about what was going on while not even trying to mask his annoyance at the inefficiency. In the end, it was just an indicator glitch and the engine was perfectly ready to go.
And so we went to Zurich.
We arrived at our borrowed flat by taxi and settled in with wine, champagne and fresh clothes.
Cheers! Sam, Courteney and Kim
*Edited to clarify, I'm home already and this was last weekend! Hence my lack of posts.