Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Travel Woes

Two of my daughters are out of the country today.  Their travel experience began yesterday - travelling from Alberta to Germany on business.

The texts began early in the morning, from the Edmonton Airport:

Sara:  Em's feeling sick actually.  I gave her a gravol.

My baby, at the Edmonton airport.

Me:  Poor girlie.  Maybe she'll sleep and feel better.  It'll be a long day.

Sara:  We're eating pancakes now so I think she's doing better.

Sara:  Em just made her second trip to the bathroom since I started texting you.  Not sure what she's doing, but I'm certain it's not good.

Later, from Sara:  Landed in Montreal.  Emily threw up multiple times on the plane.

Then we switched to facebook.

Sara:  Barf bags on planes are not just for decoration.

Emily:   Whoops, roles reversed now.  I'm doing ok and Sara's in rough shape.

Me:  On no.  What a trip!

Lloyd:  My poor little girls

Sara:  Emily puked from Edmonton to Montreal then I took a shift and puked from Montreal to Munich.  We're both doing better now although we've missed our connection and are stuck in Munich airport all day.


OK.  I realize that's too much information, but I can't think of anything else to blog about.  Since it's September 11, it seemed somehow appropriate to say something about airplanes. 

I've had a soft spot for Germany since 1960 so was glad when Emily went there, first as an exchange student in high school, and now as a business woman, with Sara.  My family went to Germany in 1960 when Dad's Army unit was transferred there for a three-year posting.  Instead of flying though, the entire unit and their families went by sea.  What a great holiday that was, spending a week in November crossing the North Atlantic in comfort.  Except for mild sea sickness on the first day, the 7-day cruise was great.  When we came home the next year, it was by sea too.  I loved it. Had we stayed with the unit the full three years, we would have flown home. Sea travel is much more exciting that air.

Dad, Mum, Me, Ken, Wendy on the Saxonia

I watched the best documentary about 9/11 the other night.  What a world changing event that was...not only the US was affected, but Canada too, among others.  Our whole international travel experience has been changed since then, with long lines at security, etc.  It's become a scary world as we realize just how vulnerable we are.

Take care.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Surely do hope the girls are feeling better. Yes our world has changed drastically. I don't think any of us will ever take life for granted again.

Fiona said...

I hope the girls are better now too.

Thinking of the American people today.

We will never forget.


Granny Annie said...

Oh the poor girls:(

Mickey said...

Quite an experience for Sara & Emily! International travel is not easy even when a person is feeling well!
Lots of reminders with it being Sept 11th of a very memorable day. We all remember what we were doing that day when we heard the unthinkable..

Ellie said...

Oh poor Sara and Emily, not the most pleasant of journeys for them. I hope they are both fully recovered now.
I have been watching a few documentaries on the telly about 9/11 - so sad. It is hard to believe it was 11 years ago now. I still remember it vividly!!!
Dundee seems like a great city to visit - that is the first time I have been and I can't wait to go back in October.

Magpie said...

Oh, what a horrible travel experience. Bless their hearts...and stomachs. Hope they are better and enjoying their trip now. My dad was in the Air Force and in 1965 we flew to France by way of Germany. We were to be there for three years also, but only stayed nine months. The French did not want the American bases there anymore and the locals weren't all that friendly. What a beautiful country though.

LaelShine said...

Oh no! How unpleasant:( I hope they don't have to go through that again. I'd say they've reached their quota for barfing! poor girls.

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