Palmarum Posted December 18, 2008 Author Report Share Posted December 18, 2008 2008 IPS Biennial - Costa Rica Day 08: Saturday, May 10th: The Journey Home Hilton Doubletree Cariari Hotel -> Juan Santamaría International Airport - 11:28AM: Our wait in the hotel's lobby continued to close in on two o'clock, our scheduled time to ride the shuttle to the airport. With little in the way of new things to look at, I experimented with new ways to photograph the flower arrangement in the center of the lobby. This was the +.07 EV, slow shutter speed view that I took over and over again. There is always something to do when you have a camera in your hands. - 11:29AM: We were not alone in our wait. There were a few attendees who were staying an extra day or two that were hanging around the hotel's pool. When they heard we were camping in the lobby, they came over to offer us drinks or just spend time talking. Occasionally, the shuttle would depart with a group of attendees heading to the airport for an earlier flight. This gave us a brief but welcome chance to say 'bon voyage' to those who we might have missed the night before. I was practically laying on the floor, leaning on luggage trying to get comfortable when I took this view of the lobby. Our view didn't change much until a hotel employee came over to our corner at a quarter to Two to ask us if we were next for the shuttle. We looked at each other, got to our feet and double and triple checked our luggage, carry-on bags, passports, etc. With help, we loaded our gear onto the shuttle and left the hotel heading for the airport. Since we had abandoned our plans to eat lunch before the ride, we looked forward to a very small and overpriced meal at the airport. Juan Santamaría International Airport The ride to the airport was brief, and seemed much faster than the same ride in reverse, just a week earlier. Everyone on board was quiet and spent the time looking out the windows at the scenery whipping by. After we checked in and got screened through security fairly well, we headed for the food court and used up all of our remaining colones on lunch. We still had a few hours left to wait, so we did the tourist thing and hit the gift shops. - 3:45PM: We retired to the seating area near our gate after we finished with the tourist traps. At a quarter to Four, our plane was pulling up to the gate, quite possibly the same Boeing 737-800 that brought us here to Costa Rica just eight days ago. When I first took sight of our plane, it finally sunk in that the Biennial was over. I started the process of remembering the week's details to 'engrave' them in memory for the upcoming topic you are now conveniently reading. - 4:44PM: "Smile Jeff!" Actually, Forum member and Bus #4 patriarch Jeff Searle didn't have a chance to smile as I ambushed him with this shot as he was coming down the aisle. It was a challenge to myself to see how fast I could unpack my camera bag, dig out my camera, get it ready, aim and shoot before he got too close. The flight was half full so we had our choice of seats. I took a whole row to myself and I made sure to get a window seat with the cleanest window I could find. Ryan South Florida Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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