It all started innocently enough. Drive to YVR, park, check in, security, walk to gate, get on plane. Fly to YYZ. That part worked as planned. Then, it didn’t.
I arrived at 6:15 am and found out that my 8 am flight to Newark, NJ was cancelled. Okay. Simple. I get rebooked for a 12:15 pm flight. No big deal. My flight to Zurich is scheduled to leave at 7 pm. I sit, doze, check my phone, eat some marginal airport lounge food and zone in and out until I get a text.
My 12:15 pm flight to Newark is cancelled. Oh oh.
Lines. Gate agents (God bless them, they have the toughest job in the airport) gaze at their computer screens trying to find a way for me to not miss my Zurich flight.
Rebooked again, but this time for a 4:39 pm flight getting in at 6:10 pm. That’s cutting it close to my 7 pm departure. Things could get interesting. I’ve traveled a lot, so I know how these things go. Once the cancellations start happening, your itinerary is busted.
Buzz buzz! New text from United. My 4:39 pm flight to Newark has been delayed. There goes my flight to Zurich, and now I will not arrive in Nairobi on schedule.
I send WhatsApp messages to my colleagues. On hold with United for rebooking (took 60 min). Book new hotel room in Nairobi. Open up my “Hotel Tonight” app and find a place right next to Newark airport. I’m spending the night.
Buzz buzz! Newark flight now leaving at 5:30 pm. No big now. I’m already missing flights, so it’s just an annoyance.
Wait! I find out from a gate agent that my bags might not stop in Newark. They might get hung up. Okay, now that’s not good.
Board the Newark flight, and get there at 8pm. Walk to the carousel and pray that my bags come off. YAY! There they are.
Shuttle bus to the hotel. In a warm bed by 11 pm.
So, here I am today back at the Newark airport in the United lounge waiting for a 7:30 pm flight to…Frankfurt Germany, a place I’ve been over 20 times. I’ll catch a connecting flight to Nairobi from there.
Through it all, I’ve taken everything in stride. God controls the weather, not United Airlines. I had a place to sleep. I got some food. I was well taken care of. And, Lord willing, I will arrive in Nairobi a little less tired than originally anticipated.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6
Next stop, AFRICA!