On the way to the Way

Our flight was scheduled to leave Newark International Airport at 11:30 (23:30) but we allowed 4 hours to clear through check-in and TSA security lines.

Luckily for us, we cleared both lines within 30 minutes of our arrival.  We decided to have a snack at McGinley’s Irish Pub to help pass some of the remaining time before we could board our plane.  Kayla enjoyed her very first potato skins and I enjoyed a Jamison Old Fashioned.

Finally we boarded the plane, and thanks to our TAP Portugal pilot and navigation crew, we had the smoothest take off, ride and landing I have ever experienced.  I was very happy for this as this was Kayla’s first plane flight.

I snapped many, many photos in and around the plane because Nate, my 11-year-old grandson had requested them.  This blog post is two-fold, the first to chronicle our way to the Way and second for Nate.

P.S. from Kayla;

This was my first plane ride. It was very extraordinary. On the plane we were served a rice and vegetable dish for dinner. We were also served a vegetable sandwich with granola bars and raisins for breakfast. The bathroom was tiny but do-able. Every time Nana and I got the chance we took pictures of everything we could for my younger brother Nate.

11 responses to “On the way to the Way

  1. Arlene, you’ll be landing in a country, Portugal, that will be celebrating their win in the Euro 2016 final – soccer. It’s a huge win, beating France in Paris, and everyone will be crazy for days! It will be noisy!! Safe travels.

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  2. Taking your grand daughter will be an experience of a lifetime for her and for you Arlene!…. what an amazing gift you are giving her. How old is she? Have a fun time and I will be awaiting your posts on the journey

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  3. Awwww!!!! how sweet! It is good to hear Kayla’s thoughts as well!

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  4. Nancy Johnson Martinez

    Off to a great adventure..Can’t wait to follow your camino..

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  5. Arlene
    Off to a good start and really hoping Kayla keeps adding her thoughts. Good for my 15 year old grand daughter to get a teenager’s perspective of the Camino. We hope to join you next year.
    Lynda

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  6. I look forward to reading about your adventures along the Portuguese way; wondering how different it is from the Frances. Buen Camino!

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  7. So proud of you KAY!!!! Hope you keep having a great time and treasure ALL of it! Arlene hoping you have an amazing trip as well! Xoxo

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  8. A great start to a great adventure 🙂
    I too spent times at that airport in 2014 … much better than the other 3 closer to NYC!

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  9. Arlene, Johnny Walker is in Portugal as I type. The Euro cup win has transformed the people living there so there will be many a fiesta while you walk. Enjoy!

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  10. Judee Bradshaw

    New adventures for everyone! Good thing Portugal won football final! Here’s to good times ahead.

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  11. Linda Hutchinson

    Let the good times roll. Enjoy K and Arlene.

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