After having our plane delayed in Panama and Miami for about two hours on the average, we finally got to NYC at 5:00 of the first day. I will not get into the details of the delays or the pain that was taking to the airport personnel and the hotel people to switch our reservation/make a new one/close the old one. Needless to say I was on the phone and lot. Basically, I got a crash course on What to do if your plane is delayed and you have to move all your schedule around?
When I booked the trip it never occurred to me that this contingency might happen, not in the summer, not in the air hub that was Panama City and not going to a popular destination that is NYC.... but, you always learn.
We had been planning a trip (my wife and I that is) for a long time and we settled finally on New York after the inital plan of going to New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina and all).... I have a thing for the French Quarter, do not ask me what, maybe it is all those interview with the vampire movies or the Mardi Gras parade, wich I never had a chance to attend when I was in college (well I did go to South Padre and Vallarta, so I guess that makes up for it). But as more famous writer than me might say, I am disgressing here.
I was able to cash my miles for a ticket at a very good promo rate and we found a good value apartment rental close to the Lincoln Center in the Upper West Side. Up to that time everything had been going peachy and with my DK Eyewitness Travel Guide I am sure I was fully armed to have a wonderful touristy adventure!.
Didn't count on the delays and the stress of not knowing if we had a hotel or not when we got to the city. We eventually arrived at 5:00 am and to top it all off when we arrived at JFK we could not find any of the yellow cabs becuase our flight had arrived outside of the schedule, we finally did get a ride with a "pirate" cab driven by a guy who looked like Osama's grandson on speed.... nothing happened thank God, and he turned to be pretty nice guy.
After the last hurdle at the 64th, that was the name of the apartments, we literally crashed into our beds at 6:30 am not caring very much about NYC, but excited and thankfull that we had finally arrived.