The Joys of International Travel

view from room at King Fahd Palace Hotel in DakarI can’t complain much. Whenever you are traveling across the Atlantic, you have to be prepared for contingencies. It can go reasonably well, or with difficulty. Right now I am in Dakar, Senegal, and I am not supposed to be. The problem is an Air France pilots strike, which is now over, but we’re still feeling the repercussions. My Monday night flight was cancelled, and I got word of that in advance. That meant I would have to stay in Dakar one extra day. On Tuesday night I went to the airport for my rescheduled flight, because there was no notice that it had been cancelled. When I got there, there was a sign at the Air France check-in that said the flight was annulĂ©. (Did I spell that right?) The Air France staff at the Dakar airport were very helpful in rescheduling my trip for one more day, and also arranging a hotel and meals at the hotel. I am at the King Fahd Palace Hotel in Dakar, about to go back to the airport to try again, two days later than I was supposed to go. The accommodations here are very decent, and the food as well, and I am enjoying having air conditioning in a hot, humid climate for the first time in nearly three weeks. I will give a picture of the view from my room, with the ocean in the distance. I’ve had worse experiences, like having to spend an extra 24 hours at an airport and missing connections.

About David Frank

descriptive linguist, linguistics consultant, translator, editor
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