What else can I say? I've been hearing the word 'viva' during our one week vacation in Mallorca, Spain, thus the title :)
It was a vacation that started off with hours of waiting. Actually, not really a 'viva' kind of thing.
We arrived early at the airport as the kids were too excited to sit still. And then arriving at the check-in counter to learn that the flight would be four hours late! Four hours, yet we took it cooly, it is supposed to be the start of a relaxing vacation!
Anyway, we got a coupon for a free dinner at the nearby airport hotel. And although it was only 4 pm, our flight was supposed to take off at around 7 pm (meaning we'd be waiting for an 11 pm take off), we decided to ride the shuttle to the hotel. The kids needed space to play around and the airport isnt the right place.
Well, we stayed at the hotel lobby bar, paid for our refreshments and let the kids play and draw. And when it was announced that dinner's ready, we strolled to the restaurant, had dinner -- taking everything in stride. At 8 pm, I told my husband I want to ride the bus back to the airport. I simply wanted to move, you know what I mean?
The kids were being a good sport, finding something around to get them busy. But when it was already 11 pm and there's still no announcements nor movements around... arrrgh, it is really getting frustrating. Loading time was was a few minutes before midnight -- when it was announced, the passengers (who are still awake) applauded and cheered.
Well, by that time, the kids are already cranky and just wanted to sleep. Me, too!
How did we manage to keep up without breaking down?
1. The kids have with them their toys and some drawing materials to get them busy
2. We took everything in stride, joking about it
3. Looking forward to our relaxing holiday and listing out the things we would do made every waiting hours a breeze, well, almost
If you want to know what your rights are when flights are delayed, read here.