Traveling help

Clockwise from top L: Anna, Mama, and Massimo walking from our apartment to meet the water taxi; Anna, Paisley, and Mama sitting inside the water taxi; Our luggage on the dock waiting for the water taxi; View from the water taxi dock

Wednesday was a long day for us. Mama and Paisley and I woke up in Venice, Italy, and flew to Chicago and then San Francisco.

We couldn’t have done it without the help of at least a dozen people along the way. Many thanks to our dear friend Anna, who met us at our apartment in the morning and helped us get to the airport (no small feat involving many parts) and checked in to our flights. One of the best parts of the trip was the incredibly kind, patient, and helpful flight attendant on our American Airlines flight from Venice to Chicago. Jayne Kolstad, you are an angel!

Also, many thanks to the wheelchair assistance people at each airport, as well as to our Venetian landlord who arranged the water taxi and helped get our luggage to it, and to our Uber driver who got us all the way home when we arrived in the middle of the night. Huge thanks to my bestie, Alyssa, for calling the airlines, the travel insurance company, and TSA Cares on our behalf during the last week. You absolutely rock!

Angelina and me at SFO in September

Since this post is all about the wonderful people who helped us with airport transportation, I would be remiss if I didn’t also tell you that although this trip was difficult for us, it could not have possibly started off better. That’s all thanks to my bestie, Angelina, who drove an hour north to pick us up in Santa Rosa, and drove us all the way back to the San Francisco Airport when we left on this trip last month. Thank you for sending us off feeling so loved!

Last, but certainly not least, we are deeply grateful to the friends who helped us sort the nightmare of being forced to change our flights at the last minute, due to Lufthansa’s rude refusal to accept Paisley’s official documentation as Mama’s Seizure Assistance Service Dog. Our experience has shown us that Lufthansa clearly doesn’t care about disabled people. Thankfully, American Airlines treated us very well.

Wednesday’s #OneGoodThing was all of the people who kindly helped us get to and from Venice!

Day 283 of 365. And Day 1,014 in a row (here’s the first 366 & the following 365)! 

1 year ago today: Kind offers for evacuation

2 years ago today: My new B12 buddy

What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments!

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