Tanya's Daily Scoop Covering the West Coast & the World CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: ROME
Experiencing Crazy Travel Days
Buongiorno & Hallelujah from the eternal city of ROME!!!
Boy oh boy was yesterday quite a doozy of a travel day... Thank God, the heavens and the universe that we actually made it!
Are you ready to listen to this doozy of a travel story...
First off, I cannot even believe that I got all of almost 4 hours of sleep the night before traveling for what was suppose to be from 5:15am (if we care counting car travel as well) until 9:15am the following morning in Italy!!
However having said that I do believe it was a record (I usually only get a max of 3 hours). So you can imagine that I felt super relaxed and accomplished as I was laying there about to fall asleep.
Then after waking up to my alarm at 4am, the day began. Everything was running quite smooth and we got on the road about 12 minutes later than I had originally planned - but no big deal. The reason I was okay with this is because the time was based more around not wanting to hit an incredible amount of LA traffic rather than anything to do with missing our flight.
Little did I know...
That 15 minutes did in fact cause us to sit in a massive amount of traffic. The traffic in turn caused us to not arrive 2 hours before our flight. And instead giving us only 1.5 hours before the flight. Not too bad.
We checked our bags and made our way to what appeared to be a fairly short security line. That didn't move! Well okay it moved, but so so so slow that it was the longest short line that I've even been on.
Finally heading to our gate we walked passed Gary Busey.
Then finally making it to our gate it was already our group's turn to board and so we did.
Getting settled into our separated seats and then relaxing. Relaxing so much that I missed the announcement and when I woke up I realized and wondered "why are we not in the air?"
This time I heard the announcement - obviously there was a small ding on the aircraft that was required to be checked out and signed off before we were allowed to take off.
This wait sitting on the aircraft took over 2 hours! And keep in mind that our layover in Philly was ONLY 2 hours long!
Once we finally landed we panicked with only having 15 minutes to board our next flight in which the gate was clear across the entire airport! Luckily I found out that the next flight was delayed by 15 minutes. I had high hopes that we might just make it. Will definitely needed to hustle!
After running and lugging my "bag full of rocks" (as Dominic calls it) all the way to the wrong gate and then to the correct gate - out of breath, we found out that the flight was delayed until 8p. Then 9pm, then 10p.
At PHL - the first picture I took all day! (c)travelincousins.com
I don’t know what the issue was with the original plane or where it was, but the plane that we waited for was originally suppose to be in Philly until Wednesday morning, having a list of minor maintenance work that needed to be done.
So instead and in order to get us the heck outta the city before the storm hit, they had rushed the work order and so we just sat there waiting until they finished.
Ready to board! (c)travelincousins.com
Excited to go! (c)travelincousins.com
We were just barely ahead of a huge storm and had our connection not made it out of in Philadelphia last night we could've been stuck at the PHL airport for 3-5 days!!!
Heading to Rome! (c)travelincousins.com
And if we made it out on a flight that wasn't delayed, then our bags wouldn't have made it...until 5 or so days later.
So in the end everything worked out - as it always does!
Now we are enjoying Italy and Dominic for one is SPEECHLESS - I'll tell you more about this and share plenty of pics with you in tomorrow's Daily SCOOP.
We are now heading out to Piazza del Popolo, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
Ciao 4 Now, -Travelin Tanya
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Where are the Most Irish People in the U.S.?
First, I just want to say BUONGIORNO to Tanya, now that she has arrived in Rome!!
Ahh - it brings back the memories of my last trip to Rome in August 2014, and our first day - dining, walking around and shopping for groceries for our apartment!
Aerial View - landing in Rome (c)traveincousins.com
Just landed!! (c) travelincousins.com (with my mom)
ME and my girl Kelsey at Lunch (c) travelincousins.com
Now, I'll return back from my reminiscing of the Eternal City, back to the U.S. of A!
With March being Irish History Month, there are so many amazing articles being written, and great tidbits of information surfacing!
Being a travel blogger, I receive a ton of emails daily from some of the best travel mags and news sites from around the world. One of these includes Irish Central with all things Irish both in Ireland and around the world!
As you get in the mood for Irish festivities and celebrations this month, with the arrival of St. Patrick's Day next week, take a look at these population statistics about the U.S. and the number of Irish people that live here and where!
The article's figures are based on the 2016 US Census, which shows where in the USA most Irish and Irish Americans live.
According to IrishCentral, "An amazing 32.3 million or 10 percent of people living in the USA claim Irish heritage. According to the Census Bureau surveys that’s more than claim to be American (20.1 million). A whopping 125,840 Irish born people also live in the United States..."
US Census Bureau's study of the density of Irish heritage in the USA. (photo credit: IrishCentral.com)
This wonderful map shows just WHERE Irish live throughout the country and as you can see, the majority of the Irish-American population is concentrated in the northeast, in the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut – and then Pennsylvania.
Lowest concentration of Irish are on the west coast and southern U.S. in states like California, Texas and Louisiana.
To read more facts and figures, CLICK HERE to read the full article.
Well, once again, the media hyped up the severity of a storm, lest I speak too soon, but, upon waking up this morning - there is nothing and the streets are pretty darn clear.
In any case, they called a snow day, so the girls are beside themselves with joy!!
On that note, I'll bid you goodbye!! Caio! -E xoxo