I cashed in most of my miles to come to the States for Christmas, which was exciting given that tickets were about the price of a used car six months ago. Award travel allowed me to get international tickets for US $61.00 in taxes. Which made me very happy.
Note to self: look more closely at the itinerary next time. Somehow, I'd managed to miss this little detail: I have approximately a 15 hour layover in Washington's Dulles Airport on the way back. From about seven in the morning until ten in the evening.
Now, I've done 4 hour layovers and I once spent 8 hours in the Bogota, Colombia airport. But 15 hours is a bit beyond my imaginative powers right now. Short of watching a full season of the Office or the complete Star Wars movies, I can't think of how I could possibly spend those hours.
So this is a call for ideas. Suggestions for what to do for all that time, besides self-medicating with Tylenol PM and curling up in a corner. There are just a few limitations on your imaginative ideas:
1) Unless I do a spectacular job of packing those 70 pound suitcases, I'm going to have my two carry-on bags with me. They will be heavy and I have arthritis. Please send ideas with a frail, yet energetic, 83 year-old in mind!
2) I don't drive.
3) I don't have $500 for a trip to the spa, unfortunately. My expense budget is limited to $100!
This "contest" is open until Thursday night. I'll choose the best idea before I board my plane and test it out over those long, long hours. The winner will receive a little taste of Brazil in the mail a few weeks later; the rest of my readers will have to content themselves with a description of my experience that will be posted right here on the blog!
Let the brainstorming begin!