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Virgin America raises the bar

      
Most check-in kiosks at the airports are pretty much the same – no frills, functional, and utilitarian. Not much to write about, until I passed the Virgin America desk.  Wow! I was so surprised by what I saw! They had white tables with simple, clean lines – no boring grey plastic ATM style kiosks – with modern looking computer monitors to check-in on. The tables were also adorned with beautiful flower arrangements of  white calla lilies, babies-breath sprigs, and leafy twigs. There was was also this soft purple light that glowed from underneath the tables edge and reflected off the table legs. 

Those few changes made such a difference in the whole atmosphere around their counter check-in area. It imparted the feeling of a calm and soothing welcome. What a nice way to start a trip! 

Virgin America, you have set the bar a little higher for other airlines. I hope they stand up and take notice. 

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At the airport!

The long anticipated day has finally arrived! We are at the airpot! Yeaaa!!! Yippy skip!! We are all so excited, all the prepwork and planning, I can take a breather and relax at least until we get off the plane in London. 

I will admit that I was a bit concerned about going through security at DFW because of the TSA shake up last week, but we went through very easy and smoothly. Alex and Ian, our two boys, thought for sure that I would be held up because it happens so frequently to me when I fly.  I will admit that there are times when I have things in my carry-on that make the TSA cock their heads and say, “huh?”. Like when I brought back hand-painted sinks from Mexico or coral tiles, also from Mexico. Then there was that time when we were coming back from Mexico and customs thought we had a bag full of bullets and a guard armed with a machine gun all of a sudden appeared behind my husband with his gun pointed at my husband. They were talking very stearnly and aggressivly to us, my husband was asking me what I put in his bag.  They unloaded the bag with much caution and hesitation and more armed guards. It turns out that what they werre seeing in the x-ray was the weights on our casting net for fishing! That was a very a very tense and a bit scary! 

Hopefully, we won’t have to many scares this trip, but they do make for great stories afterwards! I will make as many posts as I can during this trip and keep you up to date on the memories we are creating on this trip that we will be recalling for years to come and that we will be able to laugh about when we are old and gray….. at least older and grayer than we are now! 

Stay tuned!

En Route

Whether we are driving or flying it seems like it only takes Ian a few minutes and he is out cold, it seems like he can sleep any where at almost any time of the day or night. Today was no different. We had been awake for a few hours and about 15 minutes into a 29 minute flight this is what I see….

catching a quick nap
catching a quick nap

I wish that I could fall asleep that fast and easy!

When people were just becoming “connected” it was very difficult to find outlets to charge the assortment of electronics that we carried, lap tops, phones at first and now we have added tablets, cameras and additional back-up batteries to the mix. It seemed like many times when an outlet was found it either did not work or there was a line to use it. The addition of charging stations has been a welcome change that airports have made over the last few years!

charging stations are a welcome sight when traveling
charging stations are a welcome sight when traveling

At the airport!

The long anticipated day has finally arrived! We are at the airport! Yeaaa!!! Yippy skip!! We are all so excited, all the prep work and planning, I can take a breather and relax at least until we get off the plane in London.

I will admit that I was a bit concerned about going through security at DFW because of the TSA shake up last week, but we went through very easy and smoothly. Alex and Ian, our two boys, thought for sure that I would be held up because it happens so frequently to me when I fly. I will admit that there are times when I have things in my carry-on that make the TSA cock their heads and say, “huh?”. Like when I brought back hand-painted sinks from Mexico or coral tiles, also from Mexico. Then there was that time when we were coming back from Mexico and customs thought we had a bag full of bullets and a guard armed with a machine gun all of a sudden appeared behind my husband with his gun pointed at my husband. They were talking very sternly and aggressively to us, my husband was asking me what I put in his bag. They unloaded the bag with much caution and hesitation and more armed guards. It turns out that what they were seeing in the x-ray was the weights on our casting net for fishing! That was a very a very tense and a bit scary!

Hopefully, we won’t have to many scares this trip, but they do make for great stories afterwards! I will make as many posts as I can during this trip and keep you up to date on the memories we are creating on this trip that we will be recalling for years to come and that we will be able to laugh about when we are old and gray….. at least older and grayer than we are now!

Stay tuned!