Elizabeth + David's Journal Nov. 19
After our dinner in Barajas and a quick return trip to the Iberia lounge for some alcoholic coffee and desert, we went downstairs to the boarding area for our 12:30a flight to Johannesburg. Shortly before midnight they began boarding with a group of about 10 teenagers. The gate agents proceeded to chat loudly among themselves, apparently unsure of what they needed to be doing. It took upwards of 20 minutes to get this first group of 10 people boarded. Convinced the process would now move more smoothly, we were stunned to see that all passengers were causing some sort of labor-intensive process for the gate agents. When it was our turn to board, they crossed out our carefully selected seat assignments and gave Elizabeth and me different rows. After Elizabeth told them in no uncertain terms that this was completely unacceptable, they moved us to new seats and we went down to catch our bus. Only once we were on the plane was the mystery revealed: they were reassigning seats manually because they had switched from a plane with 350 seats to one with only 200. The boarding process sped up some time later when they gave up on seat assignments completely, and we were on our way about an hour late.
We arrived in South Africa in the afternoon, and went directly to the hotel to sleep. After a visit to the American Indian-themed restaurant for some tasty burgers, we read up on our travel arrangements for our safari, which starts tomorrow. (!)
This will likely be the last update for at least a few days, as Victoria Falls is the only candidate on our safari for having internet access.