November 2019
  • Day12

    Back to Port Harcourt

    November 24, 2019 in Nigeria ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Landed in Port Harcourt at 19:06hrs. Port Health had their thermoter camera scanning for unusually high body temperature as you walk pass. Then we joined a queue one for Nigerian passport holder and the other for non-Nigeria passport holders. On getting to the front of the queue one person checks your passport keying in stuff into a computer before passing you to an immigration officer directly across who swipes the passport and hands over to another Immigration office who stamps the entry date onto the passport and then on to the conveyour belt to wait for and pick up your bags which you then pass through a scanner. Once the bags are through the scanner some customs official by a table call on passengers to bring their bags probably to extort some money from them but I ignored headed to the exit door showed the airline officials my luggage tag for them to verify the bags and mine and then viola am out of the airportRead more

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  • Day12

    Landed in Abuja

    November 24, 2019 in Nigeria ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Landed at 17:15 to offload Abuja based passengers and take on fuel before continuing to PH. The trip was smooth, plane wasn't full, it seems 60% of the passengers were Abuja based.

    I didn't watch any movie on board as I have already watched all the interesting ones so I spent the time reading a novel I bought in Dubai.

    Departed Abuja at 18:15
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  • Day12

    Frankfurt Airport

    November 24, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Arrived Frankfurt at 7:35am after flying for about 7hrs. Have an almost 4hr wait before taking the next flight to Port Harcourt.

    Had McMuffins for breakfast at the McDonald store and bought some souvenirs at the dury free store.

    Boarding commenced at 10:30am. Met Tina who had connected from Canada with another airline but was on the same Lufthansa flight to PH with me also on the flight was Dave Nosike who was on official trip to Europe.

    My seat again was one of the centre four seats but this time around an aisle seat. However the two middle seats were vacant. Unlike the previous fliggt from Canada this one had lots of empty seats and passengers were asked if they wanted to upgrade to premium economy or business class for a fee.
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  • Day11

    Toronto Pearson International Airport

    November 23, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Checked out of the apartment shortly after 11am and send them an email to remotely lockup the apartment as the instruction was to drop the key on the table and contact them. Got to the airport 12.05pm. Lufthansa didn't open their check in counter till 2:20pm and i was first on the queue.

    No Immigration desk for stamping people out of the country, although boarding pass is swiped before going through the scanner and into the departure area.

    Had lunch at a restaurant where you select your meal and drinks from a tablet and make payment on the attached POS machine, then you wait and your order is brought to you. Neat eh!

    Met Tina one of my former staff who left on early retirement middle of the year. She was on the queue to board an Air France flight.

    My flight to Frankfurt is full, no space to spreadout. Being the first person to check in I had requested for a window seat around the middle of the plane but the check in staff maybe misunderstood me and gave me the middle seat in the middle four set of seats! So here I was squuezed on both sides.
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  • Day11

    Last day in Canada

    November 23, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    Woke up at 6am to repack my suitcase, one of the suitcases i brought was damaged fortunately this wasn't a shopping trip so i was able to pack everything into remaining case.

    Had a photo moment at the Canada sign in front of the CN tower before strolling down to subway for breakfast.

    Check out time from the apartment is 11am and my flight is by 6.10pm unfortunately no where to drop my bag like I did at Four Points Hamilton. How to kill time with bags from 11am to checkin is a challenge now.Read more

  • Day10

    Hamilton GO Centre

    November 22, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Spent more time with Imaobong than initially planned. Had to target the 10pm bus as the bus only moves on the hour at night. Bus for Union Station - Toronto didn't leave Hamilton station till 22:14. The driver had taken a break.

    Got back to my apartment at 23:40

  • Day10

    Onboard Bus 16 - Hamilton GO

    November 22, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    No wifi on board, no socket to recharge one's phone with. Bust left the platform at 14:00 sharp. A bit of traffic on the drive out, passed by the CN tower and I could really appreciate how high up I was standing on the glass floor.

    Interesting vegetation along the route to Hamilton, soft looking brown carpet grass like during harmattan except for farms and office lawns with very green vegetation.

    Passed by Imaobong's school on the way to the bus station. Initial plan was to follow the bus to it's final stop at Hamilton GO centre but I saw a picture opportunity in front of Hamilton City Hall so I got off the bus (at 15:06) a stop earlier.
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  • Day10

    Presto Card at Union Station

    November 22, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Got to Union Station to buy a Presto card in order to travel down to Hamilton one last time to see Imaobong before leaving. The ticket seller said "cross the road, about 7mins walk to access the bus terminal, look for platform 42, that is where the Hamilton express bus loads from". So off I went crossed the road, couldn't see anything that looks like a bus terminal, instead I was in a long hall leading to the train platforms.

    Apparently the ticket seller diddo geography in school as his description sucks big time. So I called on the navigation expert Google Maps which hardly fails and alas I was way off where I ought to be. I quickly retraced my steps following Googles direction and lo and behold the bus terminal appeared right in front of me. A short queue and I was onboard a double decker bus to Hamilton.

    Gaddam no wifi on board! Uddy wouldn't like this bus one bit!
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  • Day10

    Along the HabourFront

    November 22, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    HabourFront is the portion of land on the edge of shores of Lake Ontario bordering downtown Toronton about 5 mins walk from my apartment.

    The temperature was about 3 degrees but very windy which made it feel like minus 4 degrees.

    Came across a skating rink and parked boats. Some noisy 6 year old school children were on excursion. Could see the planes landing and taking off from the airport on the island across the lake.Read more

  • Day9

    Strolled to the 3D sign and Eaton Centre

    November 21, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    At 3pm I took a stroll down to the 3 D sign to see how it looks during the day. It was drizzling as predicted so I stopped over to buy an Umbrella in Longos and my third knot tuque (wool cap), lost the previous two. Strolled around Eaton centre, no major shopping this trip, as the shopping budget had been exhusted in Dubai back in August.Read more