“This is the last boarding call for Iceland Air’s flight to Rejivak. All passengers should now be on board. ” Yesterday we were flying to Zurich via Toronto and Rejivak. Our plane was late leaving Winnipeg and as we stepped into the Pearson Airport in Toronto we heard the boarding call for our flight to Rejivak. Our flight was already at the ‘last call’ stage and we still had more than a kilometre of the airport to traverse in order to get our gate. So we ran! My husband and my brother-in-law raced ahead hoping to get to the gate on time so they could ask the attendents to wait for their wives. My sister and I saw the escalators were jammed with passengers. Taking them would slow us down too much, so instead we climbed up stairs and down stairs, through tunnels, up more stairs, down more stairs, weaving in and out of crowds of people, moving just as fast as we could. I could hear my phone dinging. I was getting text messages from the airline that we needed to board. Finally my sister and I heard our names over the airport speakers warning us that the doors to our plane were closing. We pulled up to our gate just on time, panting and exhausted. Our husbands were there waiting for us. The attendants had held the doors open for us. We had made our flight!!! We wondered with such a short turn around time in Toronto whether our luggage would have made it! When we got to Zurich we discovered it had!!!
From Zurich we took a train to Konstanz, Germany where our week long bike trip begins today. We checked into the elegant Hotel Halm built in 1874 and had a drink and a snack on a patio in the shadow of the beautiful Konstanz train station. Then we were off to pick up our bicycles.I had worried about getting a bike that would be right for me but the rental shop we went to had thousands of bikes to choose from. This friendly guy explained how everything on the bike worked and made all the adjustments we required. We cycled back to the hotel on the city of Konstanz’ beautiful bike paths and over supper looked at the maps we had been given to figure out our route for the next morning. After a rather exciting start to our trip we are ready to hit the road!