My next adventure: Istanbul/Eskişehir (Türkiye) – April 2024

Day 4 – The JFK Airport Experience

The prospect of spending another seven hours on a plane dawned on me as soon as I woke at 5:45 am this morning. Before I go any further, I will quickly give you a low down on the hotel that we stayed at…

We stayed at the Hotel Pennsylvania which you have probably gathered by now is across the street from Penn Station. When I booked it on hotels.com, it was rated as 2 stars so I wasn’t expecting anything fancy. I was quite surprised when I entered my room as it had a large space between the bed and the wetroom so plenty of room for Superbunny to play. The wetroom was accessible with a roll-in shower and a bench-like shower seat. It was perhaps one of the biggest rooms that I have stayed in thus far despite it being 2 star!! The best way to describe the hotel floors would be to liken it to the scene of Ghostbusters with long corridors with white walls in need of a lick of paint!!

Anyway, where was I, oh yeah JFK! So despite it being 6:30 am it took all of 5 minutes to flag down a wheelchair accessible cab to take us to the airport. Over the past couple of days, I have noticed the amount of wheelchair accessible yellow taxis seems to be on the rise which is a good sign. We had a slight problem at JFK as the woman had quite poor English so explaining the concept of checking in a wheelchair was difficult but luckily a guy came to the rescue! One thing to note about terminal 1 of JFK is that there’s little in the way of breakfast food bar some wraps. Nonetheless we reached the gate around an hour before boarding, and then we waited and waited and waited… the crew were about an hour late on top of delaying the flight for about an hour and a quarter! Although we booked with Norwegian Air, we flew back with a Spanish airline called Womas Air (which Norwegian Air subcontracted) and we soon found out that there were no TV’s or anything on the plane. However, probably to counteract this, we were fed lunch and tea. Spanish airlines means a Spanish pilot and it seemed that he was making it up as he went along as one minute we were meant to land at London in Gatwick in 40 minutes and then the next the plane started its approach!

The UK has been experiencing a polar vortex all week with a red warning not to travel upon our return and as a result it took 4 hours to return to Bristol at around 5:30 am!

As I said, my next adventure consists of cruising around the Baltics from the 2nd to the 16th June visiting Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Poland so see you then 🙂

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