well, i guess it was 9 of the best days of my life--one day in the threshold of hell. the day we flew out, april 10th, was the fateful day that american airlines cancelled ALL flights. and don't worry. they had TWO people working at the counter. TWO. as you can tell, i was disgruntled to say the least. after hours of standing in line and getting the royal run around, an american airlines employee, carol glenn, took pity on amy, bryan, vince, and i and got us on some flights. (we were booked on NINE different airlines throughout the course of this ordeal!) i'm pretty sure there is a place in the celestial kingdom reserved for carol glenn.
we were so thrilled to finally be on our way...our long, indirect, uncomfortable way. we eventually flew from slc to denver, denver to philly, philly to san juan. our night in terminal A20 of the philadelphia airport could basically be described as the threshold of hell. the air conditioning emitted a constant arctic blast and the fire alarms were being tested...all night long. the teeny pillow and millimeter-thick blanket i stole from united airlines did little to increase my comfort. it was a long, long night. all in all, our airport fiasco lasted 27 hours.
this is where we ate our complimentary breakfast each morning. i'm telling you--celestial kingdom material, right here. it was beyond perfect.
this was the view from me and amy's balcony. we literally could cross the street and be at the beach...
...so we did. we needed some relaxation after enduring hell. plus, our baggage got lost so all we had were the swimsuits we stuffed in our carry-ons. we had no choice but to hit the sand.
i was so happy. i can't even tell you. i slept the next two nights to the sound of crashing waves. i guess the philly airport was worth it. :)
the next morning, we met up with jeanette and her hubby john (who left the night before us and had a pleasant flight) and went to el yunque national forest. it's a rainforest, so there were all kinds of tropical plants and animals and waterfalls and stuff. it was beautiful.
when we were done hiking, we grabbed some lunch and then hit the beach. the little cove we were at was crazy. the waves would come in, bounce back off the sandbar, and crash into the next set of waves, thus creating super, gi-normous waves. bryan and i had a blast...amy, not so much. haha.
the crazy thing was that our trip had barely begun! the weekend in luquillo and old san juan had been so lovely, so picturesque...and we hadn't even been on the cruise! we boarded the carnival destiny on sunday afternoon and many adventures followed...