Finally the D Day Dawned!
All the planning and preparation and nail biting had come to a climax! The trip was starting today! WOOHOO!
‘REACH THE AIRPORT WELL BEFORE TIME!’ Bharathi hair was standing on end and curling and furling like the fretful porpentine, as Shakespeare would say. ‘THEY MIGHT MAKE YOU DO THE RTPCR TEST AGAIN!’
‘Eh?’ I said ‘Why would they do that? I have a PCR test already.’
‘YOU NEVER KNOW! THEY MIGHT MAKE YOU UNDERGO A PCR TEST, AN X RAY, AN ULTRASOUND, A STOOL TEST, AN HIV TEST, A DNA TEST…’
‘Er…my Uber has come…chalo bye…’
I hastily left before she get could get to the stool test and the prostate fingering and so on…
Luckily none of this happened - the Emirates people were very nice. An agent checked my PCR result and waved me on, and the check in was very smooth indeed. I enquired about a free upgrade (Hey, you never know…never hurts to ask) … but she just waved me away. Bloody phukatchand.
The flight to Dubai was very nice - saw the ‘Friends reunion special’ on the plane and it made me emotional and moist-eyed for some reason. Go figure.
At Dubai I went - as per boss’s orders - and asked the Emirates people about cancelling the Brazil Dubai sector, and they informed me that while only one sector cannot be cancelled, I could definitely cancel the entire Brazil Dubai Mumbai leg and ask for a refund.
‘Ah great!’ Bharathi said ‘I will wait till the laaaaaaaast minute - if they only cancel the flight then they will issue a full refund! BUHAHAHAHA’
The flight from Dubai to Madrid was even nicer! The plane was a very swanky one - the one with the first class on a different floor altogether - and was a much better vehicle than the Mumbai Dubai one. Wider seats, larger and HD TV screen - and most importantly - it was almost empty! There was only one person in each row and most of them took advantage of Emirates thoughtfulness and stretched out over 3 seats to lie down in comfort!
Stairway to heaven - the steps to First class!
I alternated sleeping and drinking Gin and Tonics and was replete and happy when I hit Spain.
I blog about my travels - and the thoughts they set off! Sometimes the simplest destinations can be the most thought-provoking!