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Like any overnight flight, each seat had a little bag of goodies on it; a pillow, blanket, even an eye patch and some ear plugs. The boys were duly impressed with their swag, and soon settled in for the evening (we had told them no screens on this next flight until they woke up in the morning and saw signs of life from other passengers around them).
As we approached the city of Buenos Aires from the early morning sky above, I marvelled at the sheer number of lights twinkling at us from the pre-dawn darkness. Even the boys noticed this, and commented, “wow, it is a really big city, mom!”
Coming from Toronto, I had deluded myself into thinking that I knew what a "large" urban centre looked like. A flight overhead a BIG city like Buenos Aires, however, helps to put things into perspective: This city just keeps going, and going and GOING!!!
Not long before landing, an announcement was made: “Ladies and gentlemen, we will shortly be spraying the cabin with an insecticide” (Apparently this is necessary to comply with local laws, and is allegedly not harmful. Yea, right!)
Soon afterwards, we were down on the ground, and beginning the long trek to various line ups: First came customs, where they photographed and fingerprinted us (and all our fellow passengers -- standard practice, here, apparently). Then it was on to baggage claim and another security scan… within two hours of landing, however, we were finally nestled into a pre-paid remise, and heading towards Palermo Hollywood, where our little apartment would (hopefully!) be awaiting us.
I would add the story about how we had to stop along the way because Twin A had to pee "really bad, mom", but that is a blog post for another day. We've arrived, I'm exhausted, and I am going to stretch out in a REAL BED!!! (For more than 3 hours, even!)