On Easter Island

I’ve just landed into Easter Island, I even have the traditional band of flowers given on arrival. We arrived into what appears to be gate 1 at the massive airport and I definitely wasn’t sure which belt to get my bag from as there was no monitor for the flights.

I was picked up by my very cool accommodation at the airport and they gave me a tour of the town. If the “Americas” awards included Easter Island they’d be getting best accommodation for sure.

This is only brief as I want to get off and explore the island.

Argentina and Flying

Due to the fact that I’m flying in and out of BA (Buenos Aires) I’ll be spending quite a bit of time there. I also have a visa to apply for here which may restrict my movement a bit. Anyway this is also the first city I’m going to where I don’t know anyone and the first time I’ve been to South America.

I have until Monday evening in BA when I head up to Puerto Iguazu one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world (it’s beautiful enough that Ellanor Roosevelt said “poor Niagra” when she saw it) and then into the jungle away from civilization for a few days.

Now although American doesn’t know how to fly a plane on time they do know how to (not) fill one. I’ve had two seats to myself for the whole flight which has been great and I’ve slept fairly well. Due to my direction of travel going anticlockwise around the world when I get to a new country I generally just “stay up late” so this means the next time I’m going to need to sleep on a flight is on my flight to Singapore from India at Chinese New Year.

Even before landing I can see that Argentina looks very barren and that a lot of farmers are burning their land.

The trip in from the airport was interesting the buildigs seemed very European and there was a lot of cross between rich and poor. On the bus I think I got a return by accident and then got the subte to the hostel which was very busy but otherwise fine.

Anyway I’m now off to get some lunch and have a wander around.

Chicago airport

Guess what? American Airlines were so happy about their 100% delay record that they kindly delayed my flight to Argentina as well! And by 80 minutes too! Thanks guys, I love spending hours at the airport, its so much fun!

Update: credit where it’s due, they moved me so I get noone sitting next to me.

Washington National Airport

So this morning we went to Great Falls near Washington to see a waterfall which was pretty impressive before heading to the airport. Then once I’d arrived and before I’d even checked in a delay was announced to my flight giving American a 100% delay record so far. Even Virgin trains usually beats that!

Anyhow with 3 hours to kill before the flight I went to the bookstore. First I found the rough guide to England so I checked out the entry for Oxford. It mentioned all the sensible sites to see such as christ church and the Radcliffe camera. It also mentioned quite a few pubs including all the good ones I like and the Bear which is 1 block south of high street a short way from the centre. This was their favourite and I’d be curious to know what it’s like. The other interesting book was the international book of sex wbich included such great chat up lines as “Do you come here often?” and “is it hot in here or is it just you?” in several languages. I was tempted to buy it for comedic value but it was clearly well fingered. Then I had a meal in an airport restaurant that looked good until I tasted the food!

Now I’m off to the gate hopefully my flight won’t be delayed further.