What a great start to a long travel day! David drove me to the airport in Regina to see me off, and I got a coffee and settled into a comfy chair away from the crowds. And then I realized I forgot my ipad/iphone charging cords. Thankfully, the Regina airport has a nice new store after security, and I was able to buy just what I needed so I can blog away on this trip! Really, what would a trip be without forgetting something…

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I had an excellent Air Canada flight to Toronto – took 2.5 hours and I realized I LOVE being in the exit row! How did I not get in on this sooner? So much leg room, and much more comfortable. Note to self, try for these seats in future.

I also tried out a new playlist on this flight. I downloaded hours of ambient sound/music (think spa) in the hopes it will help me sleep on my long flight to Buenos Aires. “Keep Calm and Chill Out” did just that! I don’t know if it will help me sleep, but it will keep me feeling zen. I need it, as I find it hard to relax on flights – maybe due to the cramped quarters, the thought of being so far up, and strange sounds and stranger people.

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Two other things made the flight great – the book David gave me and the travel scarf my brother Wade and sister-in-law Alanna gave me a couple of years ago. The scarf can be a shawl for sleeping, or a travel style statement… totally love it. I am also engrossed in “Imagining Argentina” – a book from the 80s that David read in university. Bringing Argentina’s difficult past and “the disappeared” to life for me.

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I have a really long layover. Arrived in Toronto at 3:30 p.m. and my flight leaves at 11:45 p.m. Fortunately, I get to see Wade, Alanna and Sydney for dinner during that time. I also booked a room at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel (in terminal 3 of Pearson Airport). I learned a long time ago that the cost of a room, even for just a few hours, is completely worth the moments of quiet it brings on a long travel day.

It did take a bit longer to get here (about 15 mins instead of 5) when the train between terminals got stuck (problems with the doors opening and closing).

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My room is nice and big… and really quiet! I plan to have a snooze, and then head out to see my family!

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