Always Learning: Nightmare Edition (AKA Philadelphia)

In the spirit of Halloween, lessons learned from a horror story.   There are ways to defeat demons of the trip,  the monsters in the basement, and the goblins outside.  I would like to think it has made me stronger.  (It definitely makes me more appreciative of literally everywhere else I have been to in my entire life.)

  1. Never check into Airbnb when one is on a schedule.  It is not a hotel, there is no one on site to help.
  2. Spooky basements look worse at night.
  3. Having a police station/emergency room close by is not always good sign.
  4. Can never have enough pillows, useful for more than for sleeping.
  5. Rocky did lose that fight, so maybe to turn things around, should look at scenes of Rocky II for inspiration.  (Or even Rocky III. Can’t go wrong with Mr. T.)
  6. When it rains, it pours.  (Literally and figuratively.)
  7.  Make sure to overpay the parking meter.
  8. New york is very close by.  There are multiple ways to escape the horrors.
  9. Jodi with an I and US Airways are from Philadelphia, it all makes sense now.

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The Storm Continues

Thursday was not the best day.  At 4:30pm in the afternoon, we really didn’t think things could get worse.

Due to the circumstances we were in, immediate decisions needed to be made.  I decided that I needed to get coffee, because I had a huge headache.  So my friend and I, who were dealing with this whole debacle the entire time, decided that we needed to leave.  (Or there might be a nuclear meltdown.)

I informed my other two friends that we could swing back, and that if the neighbor had appeared, we could all depart.  If not, they would stay, which was not ideal.

I come back 20 minutes later, and the neighbor is there laughing.  I walk up the steps, and my friends who stayed behind, state that the keys worked.

I know this is not possible.

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When It Rains It Pours

Some people don’t believe in luck. I’m not one of them. Travel bumps sometimes just come down to bad luck.  There is nothing you can do.  Things just don’t go your way sometimes. (And when I say doesn’t go your way, I mean REALLY don’t go your way).  Other times, your just collateral damage from others having a really bad day.

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Family Fun

Labor Day is considered by many in the US as the end of summer.  Kids are back in school, people are back at work, and family travel comes to an end.

In honor of the ending of the family travel season, summer,  Traveling Bumps is featuring posts about family travel (my family),  this week.  There are good times and bad, and many bumps to overcome.

My traveling mentor, my sister, is beyond a traveling expert.  She can deal with any situation, even the most complicated one.  Traveling with her husband Bob.

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When all is not what it seems

Accommodations are a key element in one’s perception of having a great trip to it being an awful, life changing nightmare.  Thus, accommodations bumps are a major issue for travelers.   There are many bumps that one might need to get past.  From service, to location, lost reservations, noise from one’s neighbors, and the worst, uncleanliness.

Alex Morgan, member of the winning US Soccer World Cup team, made headlines about a traveling bump that she is currently experiencing.  Morgan plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, and has had major bumps in accommodations. The NWSL has regulations that visiting teams must be provided with 3 star hotels. She tweeted about hotels having bed bugs and mold.  Yikes.

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Zombies on the Island

Some people have loads of energy during the day, then crash at night.  They need their sleep.  I am one of them.  So sleeping on the floor on a thin futon is not the best conditions for me to fulfill my sleep criteria.
  
Saturday morning rolls around, and I’m dead.  Did not get the 7-9 hours I require.  There was pre-wedding activities of golf, hiking, and yoga that I skipped because I was a zombie.  I needed to save my energy reserve for the wedding and reception. My sister and her family were collateral damage from my hotel snafu.  So we headed into town to have breakfast.

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Sleepless in San Juan Islands

My transportation traveling bump was overcome, and I arrived in the San Juan islands, to Orcas island.  I was ready to enjoy my weekend and the wedding festivities.  I thought it was smooth sailing from there, boy was I wrong.

I had a fantastic time at the pre wedding BBQ, then headed to my sister’s hotel, the lovely Ship Inn.  We were waiting for the arrival of my brother-in-law Bob, who had taken our luggage.

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