Thursday, September 01, 2016

Canada: Montreal and home

And so it was. We crammed our suitcases to overflowing, checking and weighing each piece of luggage and hand luggage to make sure we were not overweight. We were not, but the suitcases are very heavy! We went off to the Roma Termini in plenty of time to get the Leonardo Express to the airport. 
Roma Termini
The flight left on time and was very uneventful until we got to the Montreal airport. I have traveled to many countries through many airports, but I have not ever seen this. This was the scene at the Montreal Trudeau airport when we arrived in Canada today. 
The lineup just to get into the terminal started at the door of the plane. It went through the hallways and by the time we looked downstairs, we could hardly believe what we were seeing. We thought for sure it would take us 2-3 hours to get through the line. 

Amazingly, we went down the escalator to join the massive line, only to see that there was a much shorter line for Nexus card holders. By much shorter, I mean that there were 10 Nexus terminals so the three of us (me Robin,Sunita) went to one each and completed our immigration processing in less than 10 minutes! 

I paid $50 for the Nexus card which is good for 5 years and it is by far the most valuable $50 I ever spent. The card has saved me hours and hours over the last few years. If you do not have one and you travel even a couple times per year, apply for one. You will be forever grateful you did. 

Montreal airport
Finally on the way back to Winnipeg and home. It was good to be away, but it's always good to go home. 

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