Departure From Canada

As many people know, a trip does not start when one checks in at the airport, or drives away from the house.  It begins, quite often, months in advance as plans are made, tickets are purchased (in February for us), when holidays are booked at work.

Then, in the days prior to departure, the house is a flurry of activity, the living room looks like a bargain bin (after the shoppers have departed), as suitcases are packed, not so much with clothes for the trip, but with gifts and items not available in Malaysia for the family.  Each bag must be carefully packed, then weighed so as not to be over the 50 pound limit for the airline.

Finally the day arrives.  My daughter and her husband had volunteered to drive us to the airport.  It took a bit of work but we managed to get the two of them, the two of us, three checked luggage, two carry-on bags, a computer bag (for where would I be without my technology) and a purse into their vehicle and off we went.

At the airport we checked in (all three bags almost exactly 50 pounds), breezed through security, found the proper gate and sat down to await our WestJet flight to Vancouver.

Upon arriving in Vancouver we had four hours between flights.  Not an issue.  I prefer a longer time between flights as it cuts down on connection issues.  Besides, after twenty years in the military I was quite familiar with the “hurry up and wait” mentality and have no issue with waiting.

On schedule, we boarded our Cathay Pacific flight and took off for a 13 hour trip across the Pacific.  I have to say that although long, this was the best flight I have ever experienced.  The cabin crew were exemplary, always there to ensure that we were comfortable and seemingly psychic, knowing when we would like a drink or a snack.

Next, we arrive in Asia.

About Richard Le Sueur

In the past I never considered that I lead an overly interesting life, however I have since learned that "interesting" is very subjective and has a variety of concepts. I have not been much of a dare-devil or thrill-seeker but I have done things and been places that many others have not. It seems that there are those who enjoy my recollecting of these occasions, and that is one of the reasons for this blog. Another reason is to share some of my thoughts because generally, sharing is good. I had a career in Canada's military, have worked for various charities and non profits, had several businesses and now work on a casual basis at a local Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment. I have lived in Canada literally coast to coast to coast and yet seem to have merely touched the surface of what our country has to offer. I have two wonderful children, and through marriage, have gained two more along with seven grandchildren. I love people and yet spend an inordinate time by myself. I am not shy about saying that I like/respect/admire someone, may offer criticisms of those I don't, but I refuse to badmouth or speak in a derogatory form about anyone. Some of what I say may be thoughtful, some witty, some perhaps silly. Whatever it is, it is all from me. I welcome any who wish to follow me, and I welcome any comments, as long as they are not rude or vulgar, in which case they will be deleted.
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