April 15, 2013

Coming to America

We are done with semester one! I can't believe it's over and we are heading to America!

Matt finished his 3.5 hour test, and we've been wrapping up things ever since. We've got nearly everything packed, put money down for electric on our new apartment, stocked money on our phones in case we need extra minutes if travel plans don't go the way we intend, and got our remaining items to the lovely Ann who is storing them for us!

I also had to call and confirm our flight with Liat for tomorrow. They are a small airline, so there is no online check in. When calling in, their voice message says, "Clickety Clicket for a Tickety Ticket." All with the steal drum version of Dancing Queen playing in the background. It doesn't get more Caribbean than that folks.

Then there was the call to Chase and Bank of America to put travel alerts on our cards. The woman at Chase asked me three times what country Dominica was in. And then asked the same about St. Martin. That was a fun conversation. It went something like this...

Chase: What country is Dominica in?
Me: Dominica.
Chase: No, but what country is it in?
Me: Dominica. Dominica is the country.
Chase: Not the city. What country is Dominica in?
Me: Dominica is the country. It's not a city. It's a country all by itself. And it's not the Dominican Republic.

Chase: Where was your layover? St. Martin?
Me: Yes.
Chase: What country is that in?
Me: St. Martin is a country.
Chase: Is it part of Europe?
Me: No. It is its own country in the Caribbean.
Chase: How do you spell it?
Me: Well, it depends. There are a few different ways of spelling it. Actually, never mind. We'll just use different card.

We did a walk through of our current apartment and also found out that we have a good chunk of money on our prepaid electric. Since we can't carry it over, you can bet we are blasting our AC. And it is awesome.

In preparation for our long flights, we've been downloading movies to rent from iTunes. I also got the season pass to Mad Men. This girl is excited. About the movie part - not the flying just to clarify.

As far as our flights go, the taxi driver is coming to pick us up at 5 a.m. tomorrow. It's about an hour drive to the airport, and then our flight is at 9 a.m. We fly to St. Martin where we have a four hour layover. This is good because the airlines tend to be behind, (island time maybe?), plus we need to get our luggage, go through customs again, and then check back in. So four hours is a good amount of time.

At 2:30 p.m. we have a four hour flight to Charlotte where we will step on American soil! We're staying overnight there, and then have a 7 a.m. flight to Vegas - a five hour flight. My nerves are so excited. <---That's sarcasm.

Once we hit Vegas, it will be go, go, go. And now that Matt is done studying for a few weeks, and I'll be busy working, you can bet those roles will be reversed. He already has the assignment from the staff to be the designated fountain Diet Coke getter - among other things, too, of course. He will also be taking over the blog, so be looking forward to that. And I take no responsibility for what is put here.

We are in Vegas until April 27 where we head to Indiana. We are then in Indiana until our early trip back on May 3.

You know how you know when you're getting old? Tonight, our celebration consists of cozying up in our air conditioned apartment to enjoy our company together without him studying. And we're perfectly happy doing that!


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