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Tying up Loose Ends – Homeward Bound

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During summer in St. John’s, you can catch a tour bus for $5.00, which stops at all the sites for an hour each. Schedules are available at hotels. What a steal. The opportunity was lost on us as the season had closed.

Tired after our stroll on Duckworth Street, we trudged uphill all the way to the hotel. The drizzle followed us, fading in and out. One moment we snapped our umbrellas shut and open the next. Once we arrived in our room, nothing mattered more than putting my feet up and grabbing my book. I apologized to the novel for awarding it second place. Mary had other ideas. She’d heard about the sauna and prepared to unwind there instead.

The afternoon drew to a close. We had  time to kill before our last dinner with the tour group and decided to check out the atrium. A tall ladder took prominence in one area for some kind of maintenance in progress. The rest unfolded for our pleasure to amble through and explore. It was a large area.

All good things must end. Thoughts of going home struck us with a mixture of regret and relief. For dinner, we had pre-ordered Newfoundland Screech Glazed Salmon and heart of Romaine Caesar. The women dolled up, but the men dressed in casual attire. Our numbers had dwindled over the last few days from thirty-two to about twenty-four. Two servers and a Maître d’ attended us in a private room. Francis wore a suit and brought his wife. I was impressed the tour owner’s warm, down-home speech. Francis became sentimental. Can’t help but love the guy.

Sneaked a photo in art store at the Sheraton

Sneaked a photo in art store at the Sheraton

The next morning after a posh breakfast (this is the Sheraton after all), Mary wanted one last run downtown before Francis dropped us at the airport at eleven. No rain in sight. The sun smiled and the sky glowed pastel blue, a smear of clouds here and there. Yes. Believe it or not. I took this through the hotel window. Trees obscured the view of the ship in the harbor but not the clear horizon.

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Nervous as a cat, I prowled the room waiting for Mary. We had 20 minutes until transfer to the airport with Francis and a few others of our group. Seven minutes to spare, Mary arrived. We collected our bags and as soon as we hit the lobby, found everyone already on the bus, their bags already loaded.

Mary had checked us in for the flight the night before. The machine took our information but refused to spit out our luggage tags and boarding passes. No one around to help, I ran to grab an attendant some distance away though St. John’s airport isn’t huge. A desk person helped but we noticed too late she’d only printed boarding passes to Halifax and not transfers from Halifax to home. We soon sorted this out upon landing. The airport huge and obviously international, we walked for miles and miles as. Mary searched for a fish store but they had no fresh lobster. Stomachs rumbling, we checked out places to eat and shared a late lunch of salad and maybe mussels—I can’t recall— but still paid almost $50. For lunch.

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Next up on November 4th – A Surprise

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

71 thoughts on “Tying up Loose Ends – Homeward Bound

  1. A little excitement to end your trip! I’m glad it all worked out.

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  2. Ha ha. Nothing is ever simple if I’m involved. 😛 Seem to attract some drama.

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  3. Glad it all worked out. Nice atrium. 🙂

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  4. I don’t know about you , but waiting for people is my number one pet peeve. You are a super soldier.

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  5. I don’t enjoy the flying part of traveling any more. Too nerve wracking. The touring though–I love joining you on your vacations.

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  6. I’m glad your journey seemed to go well Tess despite the hiccup with the luggage tags and boarding passes. These things are sent to make sure the blood supply keeps pumping.
    I wonder how long it will be before the wanderlust moves you again. Some normal stories of home life might be nice for a while though. Especially if it involves grandchildren.
    You remain our Travel Star though.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • Ha ha. The wanderlust arrives two weeks after I’m home again or at least a month.
      No grandchildren on this last vacation. Just a bunch of people over 60 and up. 😛 😛
      I’m a travel star after refusing to go anywhere for 20 years. Maybe I am–just a little bit.
      Huge hugs back. ❤

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  7. Not only was this an interesting post, but the photos are beautiful. The photo with the different colored houses reminds me of Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC.

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  8. This was a lovely post and the pictures are grand.

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  9. Airports can be a really stressful experience designed to spoil the last few moments of a holiday. I have just started using paperless boarding passes via a smartphone app. That increases the heart rate I can tell you!

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    • Boarding passes with an app? I’d have a heart attack not knowing if the information registered. Too old-fashioned, I suppose.

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      • Our low cost airlines are always finding new ways of generating additional charges. Ryanair do not allow printing of boarding passes earlier than 4 days ahead of flight. This is not helpful if you are away for longer. The only exception is if you select and pay for an allocated seat. This can add about £12.50 per passenger per flight, or alternatively find printing facilities whilst away which is a bit of a chore. The app is a useful way around it by going through the boarding card process on line but having the document sent to smartphone rather than a printer. We did it for the first time this year and it worked a treat!

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  10. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Join me on my Saturdy trip to Newfoundland in the company of tour guide extraordinaire Tess Karlinski. I have been to China with Tess and also joined her on this wonderfully informative trip all without lifting a finger or a bag.. from the comfort of my office chair. Thanks Tess

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  11. That $5 tour bus is amazing value! Shame you missed out on that. Love the atrium. Glad you had a good time 🙂

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  12. Sad to see it’s coming to an end although pleased the sun smiled on you finally. (I’m with John, not very good waiting but I’ve grown used to taking a book everywhere, now Kindle, so at least I have something to do while I wait). Thanks, Tess!

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  13. The atrium is lovely and it’s nice to see the sun shone eventually, even if it was at the end of your trip 😉

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  14. I’m always excited to see you come ‘home’ safely, but sorry to see the story end. But….then there’s the next trip!!!

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  15. The tour bus at $5 sounds like a great deal. I’ve enjoyed travelling with you – despite the weather. How typical for it to clear up just as you were leaving.
    So, where are we going next?

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    • I have a hard time believing the $5 bus deal. If we’d had more time and if the season (for that bus) hadn’t been over, I would have taken a crack at that bargain.
      I’m sorry, Mary. My lips are sealed. I talked my sister into this next one two, She will like half and I’ll like the other half. Something for each of us but not till May. 🙂

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  16. Ouch! I would have been near panic with the issues at the airport(s), but that lunch price tag would still have stood out in my mind too. However, it sounds like a lovely leg of the journey, Tess. The atrium looks so pretty and peaceful. And a room with such a view! Mega hugs. ❤ 🙂

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  17. So pleased to see the sun came out on your last morning! A great view from your room. All in all, it sounded like a great trip!

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  18. Glad it all worked out Tess. And wow, 50 bucks for a fish meal on the east coast? Our prices are out of control! ❤

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  19. The most stressful part of traveling for me is getting to the airport and checked in. I don’t breathe easily until that’s out of the way. Just too many close calls for comfort.

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  20. I hate being last on the transfer bud, airport machines that don’t work, incompetent staff, and high airport food prices… All due to the fact that we area captive audience !! 😊🤗

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  21. Tess, I love being an armchair travel companion (I don’t get out much lol!). I love how you make the most out of every leg of your journey!

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  22. Thanks so much SSM. Tickled you’ve enjoyed and I love having you along.
    I don’t get out much either day-to-day. ❤ 🙂

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  23. Airport food – never a good deal.

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  24. What a beautiful atrium. I could park myself there and never leave.

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  25. ha so you can do blue skies! Very Mediterranean. Why do companions cut things like airport transfers fine; I get a scratchy as a horny toed sloth with eczema if made to wait. One German colleague used to do it deliberately; laughed like a drain. I don’t know if he realised the ‘accidental’ 6 am calls were my doing.

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  26. You’ve sure been having an adventure!

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  27. Fifty dollar lunch–hmm, everything’s just getting more expensive all the time, isn’t it? 🙂

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