June 2015 was time to head back north to Canada, but first I had to find a spot to leave Bumble Bee, find a plane that could actually leave Buenos Aires then return to my Oil and Gas world.
Last days in BA...
|Mushroom sandwich, delicious|
|Vegan Alfajor, yummy|
|Might need to tie that muffler on??|
|Very Beatle like "Abbey Road" shot|
|All vegan at "Vita"|
|I hope the guy didn't charge his passenger ...|
|Can you sort this mess out please?|
|Bit cold at Palermo Park|
|3 on 3 tourney like the ones in the US|
|Brazilians dancing in the Park|
|If I ever had a band I'd need one of these "Band in a Semi"|
|Briganti shoe shopping|
|Well, someone will make this a home|
Home for the bike.
Always a little bit tense trying to lock down where to leave the moto and this year was no different as my last place was not available, too bad. Long story short, I had two good options and settled on a great spot out by the airport which meant I could ride to the airport saving the crazy taxi costs ($35 USD for Argentinians is like $150-200 USD for an American). Thanks to Fernandito for connecting me with Hernan. And thanks to Mauro for helping me change the brakes and oil the day I was leaving. And of course thanks to Hernan for giving my a place to store Bumble.
Just incredible, filled house of Motos and everything Moto.
|Quite the collection|
|What to get the guy who has everything!|
|What a bedroom|
|Quick service of Bumble|
Can I go home now?
I wish I could say my flight home experience went smoothly, but it didn't.
The first attempt was June 16.
I packed up the moto and road to the airport after saying my goodbyes. Once I put everything away and Hernan dropped me at the airport I arrived at the checkin line looking around thinking this short line should be moving a lot faster. Oh no, the flight had be cancelled a few hours earlier and I had to back track all the way to the Buenos Aires apartment.
Let's just say Jessy and everyone else was quite shocked.
|A wonderful last breakfast at Vita cafe. |
OMG - try the chocolate mousse pie!!!
Back from the airport at the security gate of the apartment. I told Jessy it was a pizza delivery to which she said she didn't order anything. Then she asked what was the order and I told her "a canadian". The video captures the moment she comes down to let me in.
The second attempt was June 23
|Great day to get to the Airport|
. Due to booking my first flight with points the best reschedule available was a week later. Anyway... I headed to the airport on the moto again, put everything away and got another ride to the airport from Hernan. This time I got in the plane and as we were backing up all the power, I mean all the power! went out. We sat in the plane at the gate for 2 hours as they played around, a couple of moments of complete darkness for stints of 5 minutes or so. Around 12 am I was back in the airport in a taxi line that of course United paid for.
|Off for the second time to the airport. Luckily another|
nice weather day.
A video from the plane in total darkness. Better to leave on a plane fit for service than this one.
The third attempt was June 24.
|Poor girl..."he's never leaving"|
All I can say is once I got through the huge check in line I was happy to find myself in economy plus seating at least until I found out they had mixed up all the meals and I was stuck with the beef at my own risk. Well at least I had leg room and a TV that worked. Again on the second flight (Houston to Calgary) United was kind enough to put me in economy plus. Unfortunately it wouldn't be United if they didn't leave a bad taste in my starving mouth. Landed in Calgary and happy to be done with the journey, I waited at the luggage carousel to realise my first bag was missing two wheels and my second bag was not to be found. Uff.
Follow up good news - United compensated me with a few hundred bucks in gift certificates for my next cancellation adventure, delivered my lost bag and bought me a new suitcase too, I guess I should say thanks for the headaches...?
|What happens when your cancelled flight runs with the|
regular flight the next night. People from my flight the night
before switched over to the earlier flight packing it and
leaving my flight virtually empty!!!
|Love the visual reminders.|
Some great stuff
|ENORMOUS BREAKFAST!!! not really|
|Little cloud explosions|
Video showing happy Brad with too much leg room.
Back to Texas, and the cold (shoulder) U-S-of-A. What's with the 8 passenger golf carts driving all over the airport. Where are people supposed to walk??
|Hot outside, but a cool reception|
|Seems friendly enough|
|United leaving me bag-less|
Back in Red Canada.
All back together again. Home with a job, new pub opened by my house and endless reunions with my friends. Oh and possibly a visitor on her way...how exciting...
|Tom's sweet Toyota back running|
|Sold one of my bikes before I even registered it|
|There you go.|
|Yeah I like RED...|
|Oh great, Taxes|
|Trap and Gill fish tacos|
|Veggie burger, oh yeah|
|New to the area as well, a sign?|
|Ship and Anchor with Chris|
|Bonny at the Trap|
|Argentina key cutting.|
Can't believe they both work
|Quilted tree in Argentina colours|
|Some more Briganti shoes|
|Oh, Costa chocolate brought back from Ireland for me|
|Neglect - when a spider runs wild in |
my 8 months unused downstairs tub