Apparently I can’t read an itinerary or a world map!
By Lisa Garland, Catholic Youth Parramatta
I arrived at Sydney airport at 12pm with mum and dad looking for check in ‘J’...of course we were at the complete opposite end at check in ‘A’.
Pilgrims had already been arriving from 11am. Lining up to check in was so exciting, our first step on our way to Barcelona. Despite my fear of being over the 20kg luggage limit, I was safe at 18.1kg. Who knows how half these boys managed to only have 15kg. To our surprise, Annabelle & Fr Suresh (from Catholic Youth Parramatta) showed up to see our group off.
After check in, pilgrims had lunch with their families before heading for the departure gate. Some parted with smiles, others with tears...
...Everything’s going well so far. Everyone’s getting along great; you’d think we’ve all known each other for years and years. All the mocking, teasing & laughing is just how we show our affection for each other.
Now here’s where my turbulence begins.
I thought our flight to Bangkok was 6 hours - it was 9.
I thought our flight from Bangkok to Paris was 3 hours - it was 11.5!
I thought our stop over in Paris was 3 hours - it’s 5.
Everyone brought an Aussie flag - I didn’t.
Apparently I can’t read an itinerary or a world map!...
...Now here I am having a coffee in Paris with Kristin Borg, waiting for the rest of the pilgrims to show up for our flight to Barcelona, which by the way, I have confirmed is 1hr 45min before making my own idiotic assumption.
Posted by Lisa Garland at 6:02 PM