I’ve had a little buying spree ordering supplies for Dash when he gets here on April 7.
He is a shaded red long-haired dachshund so I tried to keep his personal items in the green color family.
I purchased 2 green bowls from Amazon which I think are being sent from China. Both bowls with shipping are under $10.
Being a lover of paisley I purchased a collar and leash set in green paisley which he will surely grow into. This set is also available at Amazon.
While he’s little I plan to limit Dash’s access to the conservatory and the conservatory bathroom. (Notice his room is green, too.)
I bought a baby gate that should span our 63-inch opening into the dining room.
I don’t think he’ll feel too confined because I bought him a wicker dog basket from Etsy much like the one my former dog had back in the 1980s. The actual store is in Bosnia Herzegovina and will be shipping from there.
I’m sure we’ll be getting a few more things as time goes on when he gets old enough to have some training.
Sug recently returned from a mission trip to Guatemala where she breezed past the security screening because she had been pre-screened.
When we heard how it expedited the trip we decided to do the same.
UPDATE: I canceled my appointment because the Global Entry program supersedes and includes the TSA Pre-check.
The online questionnaire took about 5 minutes after which I was directed to schedule an interview at a local office. Tomorrow I have a face-to-face interrogation at which I’ll be finger-printed and pay $85.
Actually Sug’s pass is called Global Entry which I have now also applied for. This is a little more involved and costs $100. I’ll make a report after my interview is complete.
Havana Airport (HAV) is also known as José Martí International Airport.
There are 5 terminals which are not connected. Most flights from the U.S. come into Terminal 3, the international terminal.
However Charlie and I arrived aboard Southwest Airlines at Terminal 2 which is known as “the charter terminal” but now accommodates scheduled flights as well. In addition to Southwest we saw Delta agents and planes.
So when we arrived we first went through immigration and one at a time presented our passports and Cuba travel card (which we had picked up at the desk near our departure gate in Fort Lauderdale).
Passports and travel cards were stamped and returned. We were screened through a security station and then we walked passed the guards under the status of “nothing to declare”.
I had been told that we could only change money at Terminal 3 but we simply walked next door from the “arrivals” building to the “departures” building to a CADECA window where we exchanged currency.
We were off on our week-long adventure.
When we were ready to head back to the airport at the end of our stay, people with more experience than we had tried to convince us we would not be leaving from Terminal 2 because of its reputation for being “charter only”.
That was not true but our taxi driver waited for us just in case we needed a ride to a different terminal. We arrived 3 hours before our scheduled flight. I went back to the same CADECA to change my Cuban money back to Euros (they did not have British pounds and U.S. dollars have a 10% additional fee).
We lined up at the Southwest desk to check-in and check our luggage.
Once more we entered into the immigration cubicle one at a time where our passports were stamped and our travel cards collected. This time they were not handed back to us.
We went through a security screening and into the waiting area.
There were restaurants, Duty Free shops, souvenir stores, bathrooms, and even money exchange windows which didn’t seem to be open.
I had read that none of these things existed at Terminal 2.
Our flight left hours after it was actually scheduled but at last we boarded our flight headed for Fort Lauderdale.
What do you do when the information you need is not available or erroneous?