Home again

Aug. 12th, 2009 07:58 pm
readsalot: (Yuuko [xxxHolic])
Getting out of Montreal seemed like it wasn't going to be possible at first, but we eventually found the secret path back, and after that it wasn't too bad. I'll post more about Worldcon once I've reconstructed my notes.
readsalot: (yachiru dude)
Montreal is lovely, at least, the bit of it that I've seen.

in which I am long-winded )
readsalot: (uzura goes ooooo [Princess Tutu])
In no particular order:

As a followup to my original travel problems, the flight to New York ended up being delayed by about an hour. Which was slightly nerve-wracking, because that left about a half hour between that flight's arrival and the next flight's takeoff. However, the two flights ended up being at adjoining gates, so All Was Well. (Except for the bathroom situation at JFK, which was dire--the women's bathroom that was meant to serve some vast number of people had only 4 stalls.)

And then the return flight, which was scheduled to take off at 11:30 pm, was delayed for an hour, allegedly because of weather in the Northeast. And another flight was cancelled, so my flight was completely full. I do appreciate JetBlue's reasonably separated seat rows (a whole 34 inches! imagine!), however, and the online booking and the checkin kiosks all work well.

The Colorado Convention Center in Denver is enormous. Vast unused spaces were often useful, but having to keep crossing them was always tiring.

The 16th Street Mall in Denver is lovely--it's a mile-long pedestrian street mall with free shuttle buses that run approximately every 2 minutes. Or you can just walk down the street if you're not too lazy.

There was a Starbucks about every 2 blocks. Even people from Seattle were boggled by that.

There's a great sculpture outside the CCC of a big blue bear.

Home again

Aug. 12th, 2008 03:25 pm
readsalot: (Yuuko [xxxHolic])
...and I am a zombie.

Dear readsalot,

You cannot sleep on airplanes. Do not schedule travel that assumes that you can.

Love, readsalot.

Also, I got an iced mocha at Bloc 11, and it is the yummiest thing ever.

Also also, this is the best Worldcon report ever.
readsalot: (ahiru ehhh? [Princess Tutu])
I got up at 5am to get ready for my 8am flight to Denver. Around 5:45 Richard noticed that the phone's message light was blinking, and when he played the message, it was a cancellation notice for the flight!

I brought up gmail and found another copy of the notice there (at some point after the panic was over I reread it and discovered that it was because of "crew legalities", which is at least a better reason than them suddenly deciding not to serve Boston), and went to the JetBlue website to rebook. That was surprisingly easy, so I now have a 5pm flight. I have to change in New York, but there'a about 90 minutes to do that, which will hopefully be ok. The alternative would have been an earlier flight out of Boston that connects with the same flight out of New York, and 4 hour layovers are fairly annoying.

Richard then called the cab company to tell them we didn't need the 6:15 pickup we'd scheduled, and would be leaving later today.

I am hopeful that this is the only thing that will go wrong this trip. At some point I'm going to call my hotel in Denver and explain that I'll be arriving very late, but I think I should wait until it's morning there. It looks like the various shuttle services from the airport run until midnight, so that should be ok.

I'm a little sad at the loss of some of my time in Denver, but it can't be helped. And I suppose things could have been worse--if we hadn't noticed the message, by the time we got to the airport there might not have been any flights out available today.
readsalot: (Default)
This is going to be a quick update, because I don't have much time left on this computer.

I got here on Tuesday afternoon, and went to my hotel in Narita (small city near the airport, about an hour's train ride from Tokyo). There were supposed to be sights, but none were very nearby, and I didn't have the energy to walk far in the extreme heat and humidity anyway, so I had dinner at the hotel and went to bed. In the morning, I had breakfast at the hotel (I find that I like Japanese breakfasts), and walked some noticeable distance (uphill) to the train station.

I bought a ticket for Yokohama, and with a little help from various friendly people, got here, and found my hotel with very little difficulty. It's a nice hotel, and the A/C in my room works very well, which is a comfort. It takes me about a half-hour to walk to the convention center, so I don't go back and forth much.

I've had one really nice meal (in Chinatown), and a few ok ones--a lot of the restaurants near the convention center are overpriced tourist traps and it's difficult to find the good ones.

The Ghibli Museum was nice, except that all the signs were in Japanese, which I couldn't read very well, and I apparently managed to completely miss one of the gift shops. Oh well.

I'll try to post more later. Bye for now!

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