The Journey Begins … with SNOW, sub-freezing temperatures, and horrible wind chills. With an 11 a.m. flight, getting up at 4 a.m. and leaving at 5:45 was brutal. We drove in blowing snow, could barely see semi-trucks and passed numerous cars that slid off the road into ditches. Our normal 2 hour and 45 minute drive to the airport took nearly an hour longer. It was a good thing we left earlier than we planned so we could sit around with a flight delay of about 45 minutes. Walking around our concourse, we saw a flock of very small birds INSIDE searching for crumbs on the floor. Crazy, but at least they were warm.
We boarded our plane and then taxied to a ‘parking space’ where it was de-iced. In all the flights that I’ve been on over the years, I’ve never been de-iced. It was quite the experience to watch while waiting for nearly an hour to take off.
French. I loved French in high school and minored in it in college. I really haven’t used it since except to feel good in sub-titled movies when I understood what was being spoken (maybe not since there were sub-titles). Since we are flying Air Canada to Toronto, I’ve been able to hear and read French (yes, there is English there, too). Amazingly enough, I did understand the airline hostesses giving their safety chat in French. I hope it is preparing that part of my brain for recognizing foreign languages because in about 30 hours, Hebrew will be everywhere.
Toronto is as bitter cold as Denver. While driving in the shuttle to our hotel, I searched for the CV Tower, but I’m not sure where to look. That will be tomorrow’s past time. After about 12 hours of no food, we had some Italian and watched Canadian ice hockey. Now we all have more energy and it’s time for bed. And, no, we are not eating the French cuisine of French fries with gravy or Poutine. Sounds yucky.
We are looking forward to the warmer temperatures in Israel. Today, Tiberias was 70 degrees which is a bit more balmy than below zero temps with seriously negative wind chills. Tel Aviv, here we come!
Good night, Laila Tov – לילה תוו
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