Friday, November 19, 2010

Madrid Airport HJK Terminal

Our flight to Athens had us changing planes in Madrid, where we had to go through immigration. Our boarding pass for our Athens' flight said 'Gate HJK'. Turns out HJK is a terminal and we had to take the underground shuttle train to get there.

Which meant we had to go through security again. And our walking/hiking sticks, which go right through US security, were examined more closely. Security agent actually called over a supervisor who, fortunately, just waved us through. The plan from now on was to actually be using our walking sticks, instead of having them attached to our carry on.

I was hoping to use an ATM in the Madrid airport to get Euros. Turns out, in the HUGE HJK terminal there is only ONE ATM and it was Out-of-Service! I learned there were ATMs outside of security but I wasn't going to go there again.

It didn't take us long to figure out we should just take a seat anywhere. The gates for a flight were not posted on the departure board until 1-1/2 hours before flight time. We lucked out and our gate for the Athens' flight was only 3 gates away from where we had settled ourselves. After flying from ROC to ORD, 2.5 layover there, then Madrid with a 4 hr layover, we were looking forward to getting to our hotel in Athens.

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