Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The next part of the journey

Ok, so the next part of the story continues. After writing the first part of my blog I went and got McDonalds, which was ok as usual, then I sat down by the nearest outlet because I was running out of power on my cell, laptop and iPod all at the same time. (Why do they all run out together?? always seems to happen!) and after1/2 hour a guy asks me if I had seen any other outlets nearby, and I pointed him to one I saw by a trash can not too far away. He came back 20mins later and sat down next to me, and we got chatting... turns out he was from Stuttgart in Germany... a very nice city. We chatted for like 5 whole hours, he was on his way to Haiti, which for those who don't know is part of a small island (I think connected to the Dominican republic) in the Caribbean. He opted out of doing National service in Germany when he was about 18 because the Government allowed him to do civil service instead, and as he was a carpenter they gave him an 18month post out in the Caribbean helping the locals build houses, stairs, cupboard etc. as the country isn't very rich and doesn't have a lot of skilled labour.
I learnt quite a few interesting things about the country, like because of the intermittent electricity supply everyone comes to church on Sundays and plugs their phones into the outlets during the service.
I then had a lovely 4 hour nap on the floor in my sleeping bag (complete with home-made pillow. THANKS CAITLIN!!! :D ) which was the second best night's sleep I've had so far in the US. I then woke up... had another McDonalds... YUM, then said goodbye to my German friend (who I found out was called Samuel) then proceeded to terminal 3. where I found the worst airport terminal in the world... no WiFi anywhere, boring shops, everything overpriced (example: bar of chocolate + snickers + coke = $8.56. What a joke!). Also people in this termnal were much uglier than the other terminals.

I checked in my luggage which fortunately for me I managed to get from 31kgs yesterday, down to 23kgs today (infact I was 1lb over but luckily she didn't mind) (she also forgot to give me my other boarding pass, and I had to go back and remind her to do her job properly. Silly woman)

Luckily I only had to wait one hour though :) Atlanta here I come...

Random bordom from an airport

Ok, I have now run out of things to do. I'm sitting in JFK in New York, and its 9pm, and I have to wait til 7:55am tomorrow before my flight leaves. So I decided that I'd wirte another blog, because I haven't been able to while I've been at camp. Cause the internet is terrible, and I didn't have enough time to go on it anyway.

Ok firstly, I'm realising that typing on a computer is actually really weird, cause I haven't written more than 4 sentences in a row for ages. and the keyboard on this netbook is absolutely tiny, so I keep having to re-type my spelling mistakes all the time :( :(

Ok, so I've been here for like... 4 hours already, and I spent the first 1/2 hour training from terminal 1, to 2+3, to 4 to find a decent terminal, cause JFK is literally the worst airport I've had to step foot in before. Terminal 2+3 practically doesn't even exist, its just a line of delta checkins that you can't even get to because its so crowded. no shops, no bars no nothing. just lots of angry people.

terminal 4 isn't too badactually, apart from he fact there is no free wireless, so I've had to sign up for a $9.95 monthly subscription to boingo. which I really don't need, but I already worked out how to cancel it, and I shall be doing that shortly befoer I leave the states.

So I found a WiFi hotspot outside the McDonalds (surprise surprise) so I have to sit a smell the stink that is 599 cattle burning on a metal plate 5 metres away from me,but it's ok cause I have face book at least :>) Anyway, this indian family moved off of (what looked like) the set of comfy couches placed in the middle of the walkway, so I decided to go and plank myself on them, but guess what. instead of being made of foam, or comfy cushions... it is in fact made of HARD-PLASTIC. and is literally the most uncomfortable seat I have ever sat on in my life. and now all the other chairs are taken by other indian families (I don't know why everyone is from india here... I hope I have the right airport!)I have to suffer on this chair-of-death until my back snaps in half.

Aside from the terrible seating... the food is stupicly priced... and I mean stupid... $7 for a SLICE of pizza... :( and there aren't any showers (unlike any other major airport in the world) you can't check your bag in early (gay) and there doesn't appear to be anywhere that one can take a short nap on the floor. so overall I give it 3/10.

I am however very excited about my flight tomorrow, because I get to see a part of the US that I don't think many people see, and as I'm with REAL americans (unlike those fake ones from hick-town usa aka. PORT JERVIS) I should get a well-rounded experience of what the real america is like, other than the usual LA, NY, and Florida crap that everyone and his dog has been to,

OMG, there is like some old indian woman with a ACTUAL WIND UP CAMERA taking weird photos of the terminal roof. she is strange, I might be best to stay away from her. ok she's taken 4 photos of the roof now. bit weird...

At this point I would like to thank Matt for his nalgene which is becoming ever-more useful, Meg for entertaining me on the phone, and Becky who is making me feel a tad better about myself as she is stuck on a shitty old bus driving to atlanta. hahahahaha told you so mate! :D

speak soon.

and btw I congratulate anybody who just read all this bollocks. you really must be as bored as me! :)

love x