Wake up at 4 am
Catch bus at 5 am to Gare de Nord
Catch 5:30 RER to Aeroport Charles de Gaulle to catch 6:50 plane to Milan and begin my week vacation in Italy.
At least, that was the plan.
Instead, however, we printed out the wrong "boarding pass" and had to check in even though we were told we wouldn't, missed check in, and therefore missed our flight. So, a 60 euro change flight fee later and we have a booking for tomorrow at 1:40. And Venice has been scratched off the itinerary.
I'd just like to say that I didn't print the faux boarding passes, my travel companion did. And as soon as I saw them I said "I don't think these are right..." but he insisted we were fine. I've been doing a good job of resisting my natural inclination to take charge and risk eye-rolling and bitchy/bossy under-the-breath accusations to make sure that things are planned correctly. But I did, and look what happens. If I had been there during printing, I would have known they weren't the right ones (I've printed Easyjet passes before) and we would be in Venice right now. But pointing fingers now won't do us any good. Lesson: if you want something done right, don't leave it up to a man.
Oh well. At least now we had an extra day to sleep a bit and be well rested when we finally do make it. But I'm still disappointed that we won't get to see Venice, ride a bus-boat, and see the Murano glass factory. And I'm out the 80 euros we spent on the hotel.
We're still gonna make it, we'll just to straight to Florence from Milan and continue our trip as usual, just a day late. So I can't complain too much. But I hope I never have to deal with the stress of missing a flight again. And this is gonna be a pretty frugal trip. But at least we're being cheap skates together.
Next post better be post-Italy, and not just post-airport fiasco. Cross your fingers.