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The one where nothing goes right

I still can’t get home. Today was the day that looked best for the flights. Now I’m really starting to freak out. All the other flights are just as full and no more than 2 standbys are getting on at a time. Considering there were 33 today it should take me approximately 4.7 months to get home. Guess I’ll have plenty of time to practice my Dutch.

Seriously though, it was probably really stupid of me to come. It wouldn’t be as bad if I wasn’t supposed to start working again in a week. I also missed my last soccer game and am well on my way to missing Phoebe’s first competition. If I don’t make it back my next Wednesday I’ll lose the job I haven’t even started yet. That would be awesome. And by awesome I obviously mean the freaking worst.

I’m just feeling extremely down and defeated. I don’t have many options. There are only two flights a day. After that I’m S.O.L. I just really thought I’d get on today and I wasn’t even close. It doesn’t help that the CSR is a complete bitch. She’s just rude and as soon as she thinks the flight is full she makes us leave her sight. Not kidding. Even though every time everyone is not on the plane which means it’s possible there could be an open seat because of a no show or error. Doesn’t matter. Once she’s done she literally makes us leave the gate area so she doesn’t have to see us any more. She better hope she’s never on a flight I’m working. Just saying.

Anyway, the flights are just as full through next week. So, in a desperate attempt to leave Europe and get back to The States I’m going to try something a little different. At ridiculously-early-o’clock tomorrow morning I’m catching a train to Brussels. I praying that I make it on one of the two flights out of there tomorrow morning. If not it’s going to be an expensive train ride for nothing. It’s cheaper than going back and forth to Schipol day after day though so if it works it will be well worth the money. Plus, I’m still under 25 so I can ride on a youth ticket. Score! The ticket calls me a “youngster”, kind of makes me giggle.

Oh, and now? It took me an hour and a half just to buy the ticket. I selected home printing because that way I’d know the ticket was ok and in my hand. Wouldn’t you know the printer is inexplicably offline and won’t print. Nothing we do seems to work. I guess I’m going to end up canceling my reservation and making a new one. Because of course there’s no option to change to picking it up at the station. It’ll cost 5 Euros extra but at this point I don’t really care. I should’ve been in bed hours ago. I’m sure a short night of sleep will help my attitude loads in the morning (not).

So yeah, sorry for the downer attitude. It’s just one of those days, you know? We really can’t afford to just buy me a plane ticket back home so it’s stressful. I really didn’t think it would be this hard to get out. I guess I learned my lesson. If you pray please say one for me tomorrow. Or whatever good luck charm/vibes you can send my way would be amazing. I really need it.


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  1. jovan

    I suppose you haven't collected enough miles with your travelling so far to redeem for a o/w ticket home?

    Good luck for standby flight from BRU!

    • I WISH they gave us flight miles for working or pass riding. Unfortunately they only give those to paying passengers. I would have a hundred million miles easily by now.

      Thanks for the good luck wishes! I need them 🙂

      • jovan

        No, I didn't think they would give the miles for non-revving, but thought you might've travelled on some (discounted) revenue tickets while between jobs. (I have to apologise, I haven't read the whole blog – yet!)

        Back on the topic, I can't believe that CSR @AMS is so mean… She's probably just jealous 🙂

        And, why are you not sleeping, you need to get up early and catch that train!

        Good luck once again, and hope to see next post/tweet from the other side of the pond [writing this in UK].

        • I haven't paid for a plane ticket in YEARS. I can't even remember the last time… maybe 2004. Without this job air travel would probably not be very possible for me. SO glad I have my job still.

          Yeah the CSR was pretty uncool. I found out through a fairly reliable source that the flights out to IAD went out with 3 seats open. Grrrr. I get that she has to do her job. I just wish they had a better system.

          At least getting out of Brussels worked. Thanks for the good wishes!

  2. I am thinking about you. Like I said, just chock this all up to one big adventure. Everything happens for a reason. . .

    I know it sucks but I am with you in spirit. I am pullin for you to catch a flight tomorrow. *fingers AND toes AND eyes crossed*

  3. Stefan

    Good vibes sent your way!

  4. isaiah

    good luck abi.

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