Ciao! We made it to Vicenza. RW and I ended up flying on separate days due to a flight change. KLM canceled a flight and re booked us on a non-pet friendly airline, so the easiest and quickest thing to do was split the animals up and take the first available acceptable flights. RW flew with the cats and arrived Saturday, while I continued the farewell tour for another night and day.
Here are some random thoughts so far:
Schmitt did fine on the plane. He was tired of his bag by the third leg and whined a bit. Luckily the lady in my row was a dog lover.
Schiphol airport in Amsterdam was awesome. It reminded me of a club or lounge due to the cool lighting and awesome stores and sweet sitting areas. They also had a lot of great, fresh and healthy food options. When I exited through Customs to take Schmitt outside, the guys asked me what brings me to Holland. The answer: “My dog has to pee.” They thought that was hilarious 🙂 Their security lines were the most efficient that I have ever seen. Automated boarding pass scanners let you into the secure area, and then the belt for carry ons had multiple places to get the bins so everything moved quickly.
Flying into Venice reminded me of flying into New Orleans. Lots of small islands and patches of green in the middle of water, slowly getting bigger as you get closer to the city. NOLA is surrounded by green, compared to Venice which is a ton of old buildings with red roofs that rise up out of the water. One could jump off the roof of the buildings into the Adriatic.
My sponsor/first friend picked me up at the airport. She went to VT and got here a couple of months ago. RW knows her husband from his classes at Benning. We ended up locking the keys in the car so had some quality time to chat while we waited to be rescued.
RW and I are set up in a hotel for a few weeks. It is one bedroom with kitchenette right on post. So that will be alright I hope. The cats seem to be doing just fine and the dogs don’t care as long as there is a couch on which to sit.
The TV has an MTV Music channel so that is awesome. So far it has been a mix of pop, alt rock, and European videos. The hotel also has an espresso machine. FOR FRIZZLE. Whatttttt.
We went for a run around post today. It is tiny, full of boring brown buildings and surrounded by barbed wire. Is this what Piper and the OITNB crew feel like?!
Tomorrow will start all of the in-processing and procedural things that will hopefully get us into an apartment sooner rather than later.
Talk to you all soon, thanks for checking in!