20220501: In Search of Water
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20220501: In Search of Water

Sunday

I woke up at 3:15 in the morning. I like to give myself an hour to get ready at a non-rushed pace, which hurts when your flight is before 7:00am. Having no service and needing to Uber to the airport proved a bit scary, as I had Sergio call the Uber on his phone, but then I was alone in the car with no way to do anything. My driver took an interesting route, and at times driving through the empty city felt pretty scary, but we made it there.
Cool designs at the airport. I checked the time and I took this at 4:45.
Cool designs at the airport. I checked the time and I took this at 4:45.
After getting through security, I got myself all ready, I bought two waterbottles and filled my waterbottle up, all ready for the long flight ahead. The woman told me I couldn’t bring them on board, and I brushed off her comment; after all, I was through security. Lo and behold, people start setting up this weird space on folding tables and we are told they are checking our bags…? Weird. Unfortunately, the woman was right - I had to dump out my wonderfully filled, cold water. We got on the plane and they handed us one of those tiny water bottles. Over six hours in the air with no water. Great. Landing in Miami was only the first step - I had more than seven hours ahead of me to hang out.
A Mercedes welcome to Miami - and a bonus Dad look-alike.
A Mercedes welcome to Miami - and a bonus Dad look-alike.
The lounge was well stocked for most things - except water. They only had small water bottles too!! I think I went through 4 or 5 of them, and had a few glasses of wine and coffee too. My body had accepted defeat and dehydration at this point. The saving grace was that they had amazing food options. In the times of COVID, you could get individually wrapped things. I think I went up there three times over my seven hour stay to keep me going. I will say each item was DELICIOUS. This was really one of those times where having the Priority Pass really helps out.
How I got through my extended stay at the Miami lounge - pasta salad, baklava, and hummus wraps.
How I got through my extended stay at the Miami lounge - pasta salad, baklava, and hummus wraps.
While I’m there, my phone buzzes: delayed. From 19:30 to 21:00. Oof. Dad was going to pick me up at the airport and now it’s getting late.
Another text a few hours later. 22:00 departure. Different gate.
Another gate change.
And another.
An hour later: 22:12. Different gate again.
I got to watch the sunset from the lounge which at least made things a pinch more tolerable.
I finally pack up around 21:00 to get to my gate to be ready for boarding. Keep in mind, I’ve been in my hiking boots all this time.
Seeing the sunset was at least pretty. This was my view for the day.
Seeing the sunset was at least pretty. This was my view for the day.
As I’m walking there, my phone buzzes. Delayed. 22:20, but the same gate. I keep walking, another buzz.
New gate.
My heart rate increases. I don’t think any of these can be a good sign, and I start to doubt whether or not I will actually have a flight home tonight. I head to my newest gate, and my phone buzzes again. 22:35.
I join my fellow travelers waiting at our (hopefully) final gate, and we watch as the gate attendant is doing their job. It seems like we are waiting for crew, a common issue these days. Miraculously we see crew come - but they’re trying to fly home, not work on this flight! Finally, after what feels like forever, pilots walk up, and we have a crew. It’s not until after 2:00 that I get home, and Dad was a trooper picking me up at the airport. A wild endcap to an equally wild trip.