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Report 915: Lake Como and Bernina Express

By SeaJay from VA, Spring 2002

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Page 10 of 11: Sunday, April 21

The phone rings and shocks us awake at 0630 (1230 midnight U.S. time). Even though the bathroom has a shower curtain, it has one of those flat floors with a drain. Carolís shower floods the entire bathroom. CJ repeats the process and is on his knees using towels to move the standing water in the direction of the drain so we have a pseudo dry floor to use the sink. Weíll never understand European bathrooms and showers.

We had packed all our bags on Saturday so we only have to dump our kits and Saturday clothes into the last bag. We are out in under an hour, refuel the car to the required 5/8 and have it returned to the airport by 0830. We have a little trouble figuring out the self-serve 24-hour pump. We never get it to take a credit card and have to use cash. Three 5 Euro pumpings later and we are filled to the required level. There are no lines and it takes about 10 minutes to check in. The line to get through immigration and line for the tax refund are another story. We finally arrive at the head of the line to get the tax refund customs stamp. Two sweet young things ask to cut in line claiming a flight in 10 minutes. CJ demands to see their boarding passes. They would have had plenty of time if they hadnít spent so much time on their makeup. They are headed to Istanbul and will be lucky to make their flight even with the cut. One must have 10 refunds to process. It takes a purchase of over 155 Euros in each store to get refund paperwork. Rich, beautiful, sexy and a mega-airhead. The customs man demands to see her purchases most of which are in checked baggage. The line has gotten so long the supervisor tells the guy to speed it up. By our turn, he quickly stamps the form with his THREE different stamps and scribbles a signature. At the cash refund window, the man reflects that the scribbled signature indicates a long line at customs.

Our departure is delayed when the baggage of five no show passengers must be removed. We manage to get a lot more to drink on this flight. The stingy flight attendant from our other flight is on this one again but on the opposite aisle. We have very light headwinds and although we left late we arrive in Atlanta 40 minutes early. We arrive home to a very happy Shannon at around eight. We try to stay up until ten by reading mail and downloading digital pictures of the trip.

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