Flying to Denver with Icelandair.

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April 19th 2013
Published: April 19th 2013EDIT THIS ENTRY

Hello to everyone again and especially any new recruits to my blog -

I do love this travelling malarkey. Yes I know it takes me ages to organise and plan and yes I have to do it all myself and clean the house and get ready for visitors coming while I am away - but when I step into the plane I am away on another adventure. There is a world out there....and I don't want to get stuck in a rut.

Icelandair gets thumbs up from me - mainly because it is departing from Gatwick ( my nearest airport) - and flying to and from the destinations I wanted... added to that it was cheaper than the usual BA and Virgin. Service was good - they didn't keep announcing things- just came round with the trolley ....and unusual for a major airline you have to buy a meal or snacks but non-alcoholic drinks are free. ( What is it about planes that makes me want to drink tomato juice - its the only time I ever do - anyone else feel the same way??) The seats were very good and didnt hurt my coccyx - I did some of Mimi's excercises and the plane wasn't crowded so I ended up with 3 seats to lie down on for a couple of hours. There was a short stopover in Iceland - and just with a small glimpse of the place from the air I can say that it is defo a place I will go back to and visit - all that lovely geology. The FREE baggage allowance is amazing - going to the US you can take 2 bags 23 kgs each!!! Well my 2 bags ony weighed 21 kg altogether - how does anyone cart around 46 kgs.?? But for me its good to have 2 smaller cases - I can manage that. And unlike BA ( charging £35 to book a seat!!!!)you can reserve your seat no charge.

I know flights can be boring but I always try and get something out of the experience - and I chop up the time into 2 hour chunks...that way it is manageable. The flight path took me across Greenland , over Hudson Bay and North Canada, then Minnesota and Nebraska - snow and ice everywhere... frozen expanses of mountains and lakes and sea - and as we flew south a chequerboard of fields appeared , some squared with great circles inside them - is that because of irrigation or planting or cropping patterns I wonder. Anyhow this was like looking at a painting - strips and squares and circles with a squiggle of a river - and with the snow lying the colours were muted shades of white and blues and greys with some browns showing through - a fantastic artists pallete. And over the icy snowy mountains looking down was like a black and white pattern of NZ ferns....a wonderful sight.

Well here are just a few fotos I took from the plane. Of course I did manage to watch a couple of movies ( one Icelandic with subtitles - I am glutton for punishment when it comes to foreign films!!), read my Kindle and listen to music . But I ask you how do some people manage to sit for 7hr 45 mins without getting up and going to the loo - well actually this old lady ( well older then me) in the aisle seat had to get up several times when I wanted to go - but she sat doing her knitting like Madame Defarge all that time- and never went to the loo once !!!

Denver is a very nice spacious airport and on the long walk to Customs and Immigration ( it's always a long walk!!) the walls are covered in huge black and white prints of Native Americans - the names conjuring up old western movies as you walk past - apache , shoshone, pawnee, rapaho - beautiful old photos - majestic looking people.

It's alwaysa bit scarey at the passport desk - the US officials are stern and non-smiley and ask you questions and you are afraid you will say the wrong thing and they won't let you in - why are you here? who lives at the address you have put on the form? how long have you know him? Phew - I must've answered correctly ... and then put your hand and thumbs on the green light thingy and look in the camera and I was in.

Shared transport to get to local hotels is run by and efficient outfit called "super shuttle" - I had booked online - found their office and was directed to where to wait and a few minutes later 10 of us were piling into a mini bus/limo vehicle...and lucky me my hotel was first.

The hotel was great value with a very nice room and friendly staff - by this time it was about 8.30pm ( 2.30am UK time) so I was fighting sleep - but got myself to the little restaurant and had a caesar salad and a budweiser and then back to the room and tumbled into bed. I always set my watch to local time where I will be when I leave the UK - and try and stay up - so getting myself acclimatised to mountain time.

And I didn't know that Denevr is called the "mile high city" - it is that high aboce sealevel - so there are warnings about altitude sickness. There's a bit of info you might need in a pub quiz one day.

Today ( Friday) Patrick picked me up and we drove to his home in the mountains not far from Vail and Aspen but thats a blog for another day.

Bye for now and I would love to hear from you and hear your comments on what I have written. Love to all xx

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19th April 2013

Welcome to the U.S.
You will love Colorado. We look forward to meeting you and Benny. See you soon.
20th April 2013

Loving Colorado so far - and I have only been here a day. See you guys soon.
20th April 2013
Icy mountains

What a great picture
What a great picture. I would love to be up there flying over those frozen mountains. D and MJ passed on your profile, so I am looking forward to following your trip. I won't be able to make it up to dinner with all of you, but know you will have a great time with them.
20th April 2013
Icy mountains

Thanks Brendan - hope you enjoy my trip too.
20th April 2013

Iceland, me too!
Yes, I've long wanted to go to Iceland. There are Intervac people there - maybe we can go together some time! I recently read a great book "Names for the sea" by Sarah Moss about her year in Iceland. Evidently everybody knits so I wasn't surprised about the traveller next to you. Looking forward to more posts from you - enjoy everything. Love Patricia
20th April 2013

Lovely photographs
Good to know you arrived safely and had good flight Lynne. As always some fantastic photographs. I always feel like I'm with you on your travels when reading your blogs, they are so interesting and descriptive. Looking forward to the next one. Have a fab time and take care. Lots of love Chris and Trevx
20th April 2013

Dear Lynne, you keep setting a perfect example of what post-work living can be like! Love from Mariefred to which Spring arrived this week, eventually!! Bengt, Eva & Eric
20th April 2013

Like the photos of snow and ice!
Great photos Lynne - as always. Made me homesick for a flight over the frozen North! You are right about the circular fields - it is to do with irrigation. I saw the same sort of thing on a flight from Calgary to Medicine Hat. I bet Colorado will be amazing - I'm looking forward to your entertaining and informative blog updates....and the photos, of course. Xx Jennifer
22nd April 2013

Tomato juice!!
Hi Lynne, I am with you totally, always crave tomato juice on a flight anywhere but never drink it at any other time, why is that?!?! Have a lovely time & will write again soon, Much love Alison & Ross xxx
12th May 2013

The first shall be last
Hi Lynne I missed this blog when we were on the Sunshine Coast. Just want to say how pleased I was to see Beeny on the trip!! Keep having fun. Jocelyn

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