One sentence: It has been an eventful 24-hrs. In summary, look below.
– While I was in line for security, after my flight from RDU-JFK, my father called and said he wasn’t flying with my mother and me tonight. I panicked! What had happened?! Apparently, he didn’t realize his passport expired two months ago until and hour before leaving for the airport.
– My mom was late to arriving to JFK so I waited outside security to at least give my father a hug and get settled with my mother. Twenty mins before the flight was boarding, my parents arrived and my mom didn’t check in or have a boarding pass. I’m freaking out! We run to the Icelandair desk and they work magic to get us on the flight. We give my dad a kiss, not knowing if we will see him in Paris, and rush through First class security and right on the plane.
– My mother and I sit next to a lovely man from Iceland who spoke to us about his culture and his children who have moved to the states. As a result, I watch the tourist videos on the plane TV. I am now obsessed with Iceland and can’t wait to visit it’s gorgeous landscapes and hot springs sometime soon.
– After an hour layover in Iceland, we make it to Paris at noon. My mother’s suitcase makes it perfectly, but mine doesn’t – remind you of Berlin!! (Berlin post) Of course, mine has everything in it that I need for everything. Let’s hope that it comes on tomorrow’s flight because I need it for my Norway trip on Thursday!!
– We make it to our Paris apartment in the 2eme arrondissement, walk up the 125 steps to the top level to find that the key doesn’t work. Thankfully, our neighbor comes to the rescue and calles our host. Someone will fix it in 2 hours.
– Great, so we hadn’t eaten since NYC at 9pm the previous day and precious time zone, so we went I search for food. We found a wonderful French cafė around the corner.
– With an hour to spare, we walked towards the Palais Garnier to admire it’s beautiful before heading back to drop off our bags. Only a a minute walk.
– We made it in the apartment now and I need things for the next 24 hours without my suitcase. Icelandair apparently give its passengers $150 per day your don’t have your luggage. At this point all the shops are closed, but thank goodness for H&M.
– My mother and I met a friend of mine Tori from Raleigh, who is doing a study abroad in Paris, at the apartment. The three of us found a lovely spot for dinner and rosė. It was great to catch up on her Parisienne life.