We’d both been poorly for a week or so and mrs. Tom had been put on steroids, so we both felt like sh*t to travel haha, wasn’t gonna put us off though….
Woke up before 6am alarm went off, got ready and set off for airport, we had to see check-in agent as we hadn’t been able to book in online and the machine at the airport wouldn’t let us either. Got boarding cards for all our flights. NCL-AMS-MSP-SFO. And were through security before 8am. Saw my brothers’ / wifes & friends plane take off for their day trip to Dublin. An hours journey away, we had 17+ hours to do. Don’t think about it haha.
Flight to AMS on time ( pleased as on our last USA trip it wasn’t and we missed the connection and spent 27 hours in schipol!) had couple of free drinks and had an hour to get across schipol for the next flight, it was delayed and we were still the last to get on.
Had wine and pretzels (don’t like them things, we want nuts!) and tried to watch 2 films but dozed off during them both.
Got a few more wines and the crew weren’t too friendly or polite but I didn’t care!
Felt a lot of pain in neck/shoulder, back and leg but coped. Mrs Tom just curled up and died for the flight. the journey wasn’t a pleasure….
Coming down in2 the twin cities of Minneapolis/st. paul , twins??? Wot twins eh? Never knew that!! There was snow all over and a frozen lake….what’s that all about? We want heat!
Both went to toilets after landing and I was out 1st, security guard came over and asked to see my passport and green card. I didn’t have them ( I lose everything) so said “they’re in toilet with wife”. “sit there and don’t move” I was told! Mrs came out and was asked “ this your husband?” then 3 of them took me away for questions…
“why ru here?” “holiday”. “how much money have you brought?” “ $50” , plus nationwide cashpoint card, credit cards) I had trouble explaining how the nationwide card works) “have you taken narcotics?” “what are narcotics?” “cocaine, crack,heroin……”.on & on he listed them. “no” I answered truthfully “ but I drink”
“how old are you?” “how old do I look, go on have a guess” they told me they weren’t joking!
I said I’ve had 5 bottles of wine on the plane and they said ru sure it wasn’t 5 gallon vats!!!
Anyhow to cut a long story short we eventually got to immigration/customs?, where we had more questions at the finger print place. Didn’t expect to get in the country, but we did! Got cases put on re-check carousel and went to a pub to relax/recover from our ordeal. Had 2hrs layover but 1 had gone already, anyhow san fran plane was delayed. Had 1 drink then onto plane, flew over more snow and hit bad headwinds. Due to arrive SFO 8.30pm , or 4.30am our time?
Got talking to a lovely girl from SF, 28 yr old L. we had a gr8 laugh. Mrs T slept all the way she wasn’t well at all. She gave me info on SF and you are a neat writer L! sorry I lost your email address to meet up with u, but I found it when we got home in a book I’d taken to read and never read a single page!
Heard it was easy to get the BART to hotel so gave it a go, got off powell st. and asked some cops where the union square plaza hotel was. Walked for ages and ended up in the tenderloin!!!! It was like dawn of the dead , beggers & tramps shuffling towards us like zombies!!!! We rushed into a takaway with a security guard for safety!!!
Decided to give up (not like us at all) and got a taxi to hotel, checked in and then went for a drink. Gave to 2 beggers and 1 showed us to an irish pub which had a singer on who looked like a drag artist. Not too sure tho, we’d been travelloing a while haha.
Only had one drink then off to bed midnight or 8am our time.............shattered