MSP -> VTE
MINNEAPOLIS, MN to VIENTIANE, Laos
This will be my fifth time going back to Laos. I'm 22 and traveling to Laos is like going-down-the-street-to-see-my-cousin normal. I've been visiting Laos on a regular basis since 2009. It's nice to actually be close to my international family members. It's also really nice to keep a relationship with my grandparents. My grandpa is the reason for this trip in 2016. He has a cancer that is affecting his liver and my mom wanted me to go to Laos to see him before/if he passes. It was very short notice but I was the only person in the family that could take the time off work to make the trip. Before I left, he was supposedly getting better and he was starting to eat again, which is a good sign. The trips to Laos have previously always been for a fun reason, so going back for this reason will be different.
I'm not quite in Laos yet. I'm currently sitting at my gate in JFK airport waiting to board my connecting flight to Seoul, Korea. I had to endure a 9 hour layover and a million phone calls from my mother. This is my first trip to Laos without my mother, so she's hovering.
Let's get back to this 9 hour layover I had to endure, because it was awful. You may wonder something along the lines of, "Kelly why didn't you just leave the airport and explore New York for a few hours?". That was the idea! BUT my bags that I checked in Minneapolis wouldn't transfer to my next flight automatically. I had to grab them at baggage claim, and the check-in counter for Korean Air wasn't going to open until 9pm. I had arrived to JFK at 2:30pm. Here I am, stuck with a 9 hour-ish layover and trying to maneuver my huge bags through the tiny, dirty, JFK bathrooms.
Now that we're on the topic of my checked bags, make sure you look up online what the rules are for each airline you're flying, because according to Delta Airline, my bags were too big!!! Do you know how much it sucks when you can't really do anything about it? Money wasted. I called and told my mom and she chewed me out. If you've ever met my mother, she is straight up aggressive and mean, and a tiger. She's the best. If she was there for that situation, she would have talked her way out of paying for the bags. I really don't know where she pulls the excuses out of, but she scares people and people comply. I'm more like my dad. I don't like to cause problems. I avoid problems and conflicts and try my best on preventing them. I like to follow the rules. I'm assertive most of the time, but never aggressive (only when driving).
I called Delta when I got to JFK to try to get a refund but it didn't work. All I have to say to end this post is thank goodness I did not have to pay for them again going through Korean Air. I was prepared to defend the 'oversize' baggage this time because my mom was amping me from her many redundant phone calls (she called me around 30 times). I place my bags on the weight at the check-in counter. The man checked and tagged them without any questions and off it went. I was so relieved because this girl does not have another $400 to pay for an outrageous oversized baggage fee. I guess that is what I get when I'm the pack mule for my mother.
Stay tuned for more blog posts about my current travels to Laos!