Journeying to the next continent
28.08.2013 - 29.08.2013
A combination of nerves and excitement greeted me as I arrived at Gatwick airport on Wednesday the 28th. Being well traveled I welcomed the familiar south terminal and swiftly checked in and cruised through into the departure lounge. Before arriving in Peru I would first have to fly to Madrid and then onwards to Lima on an 11 hour flight. (long but nothing I hadn't done before) an added bonus was that I didn't need to recheck my bags in Madrid, Air Europa would automatically transfer them. How kind. So all that was left to do was sit back and relax.
Madrid was an easy flight, I fell asleep as we took off and was awake just before we landed, a 3 hour flight felt like a couple of minutes, with no bags to stress about I was soon happily on my next flight. Two seats to myself which I took full advantage of.
The plane left a little to be desired with minimal amounts of food included and no personal screens, a luxury I had become accustomed to but we landed safely to a unanimous applause, which still baffles me! A pilot has done his what he has been employed to do, we wouldn't applaud a chef for a good meal or a builder for a great building! Anyway I'll leave that for another day.
Getting the tourist visa was easy and then to baggage collection...hundreds of people swarming the carousel, soon I could see my way through and eventually got to the front to find my bag. As the buzz died down and people filed out I was left with several others with a little panic growing inside me...as the luggage boys poked their heads through the entrance and the carousel came to a disheartening halt I began to realise today I would not be reunited with my bag.