A Tad Early

Published: June 12th 2017
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Our alarm when off at 2:45 am, as our driver was to pick us up at 3:20 for our ride to the airport. Our flight left at 6:10 am, yet the transfer company insisted that we leave two and half hours before departure. We were surprised to find the breakfast buffet open, and while it was too early to eat, we did enjoy a final cup of outstanding Ecuadorian coffee.

We had the same driver as upon arrival and, thankfully, he was far less chatty and respected our desire to doze during the drive, which took about 40 minutes with no traffic. Check-in was quick. They had again upgraded my seat to First; they upgraded one more when we reached the gate, which we gave to Anna, leaving K alone in Economy. Sigh.

We waited in the lounge for about an hour, made our way to the gate, and took off just as the sun was rising. It was a clear morning and the departure through the volcano peaks was spectacular.

Our layover in Panama City was to be 80 minutes. We arrived on time, which was good, as unlike on the first connection, our two gates were on literal opposite ends of the terminal, which involved a very long trek through the airport. By the time we made the walk and went through the enhanced security for flights to the U.S., we only had about 5 minutes to wait until boarding. Another upgrade this time for Anna, who was more than happy to accept.


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