The day has finally arrived and we are on our way to Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Sunita and I agreed to meet at the Tim Horton's at Toronto's Terminal 1 at 1:00pm yesterday. I waited at the Tim's and when she didn't arrive like she was supposed to, I went to check the arrivals board but her flight was not listed. I checked with an Air Canada agent and she said there were no flights arriving from Edmonton till 2:00pm. I then realised that she was arriving at Terminal 3 with WestJet. She figured out at the same time (while waiting at an unfamiliar Tim's in Terminal 3) that we were at different terminals so we texted each other and I went to T3 to meet her.
Shortly after that, Abbi arrived from Calgary followed by Sabena who overnighted in Toronto. We were a bit anxious because Donna F and Donna L were not there. We went through security and started boarding still without Donna and Donna. As we got closer to the gate, they arrived having been slower through security because of a long line up. We greeted each other (this is the first time I was meeting Donna F although I felt like I already knew her from conversations over the years with Sabena).
We boarded a very full flight to Amsterdam and were scattered around the plane with Sunita and I in the same 3-person row with one person in between us. We both prefer aisle seats so when we were offered to sit next to each other, we declined.
We arrived in Amsterdam about 7:00 am - a bit tired but feeling excited. We found a baby change washroom and used that to freshen up by give ourselves a sponge bath and a change of clothes and brushing our teeth. It felt really good after a night in the plane.
We bought some coffee and a croissant and boarded our 10:05 flight to Kilimanjaro.