Last Long Traveling Day

Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
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Trip End May 12, 2012


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Saturday, June 2, 2012


I was quite apprehensive about today's travels - first of all, would I wake up at 4::45 am?  I did, and I woke up at 1 am and 3 am, but I was kind of jolted awake at 4:45.  I packed up the computer only to find that it was down to 10% and I left it out for nothing since it didn't charge.  I put on lots of clothes so I wouldn't have to pack them.   I hoped I wouldn't get too hot. 

Then I was worried about the walk to the bus station with all my bags but, even though it did take me 15 minutes, I was there in good time and the bus wasn't that full, although it did pick up quite a few people along the way.  I got to the airport in Jersey and checked in with Flybe to Gatwick.  We were sitting on the runway and hadn't left the terminal when they announced that one of their screens was out and they called the engineer.  Luckily that was sorted out pretty quickly and with a short flight, I made it to Gatwick and onto the Express coach to Heathrow before 9 am.  I had a little trouble finding the place and it was a long walk through the airport but another leg of the journey could be ticked off with success.

I remember when I looked at my papers that Astrid had emphasized terminal 1 so I had the presence of mind to ask the driver if I should get off at terminal 5 since I didn't hear him mention 1.  He said, "no, get back on the bus" so I did and got off at terminals 1 & 3.  There were more lines and more security and when I got to the check-in, it wasn't clear whether I should go to Luftansa or US Air.  A man checked and said US Air.  There they asked if I were on stand-by, so for the next 2 flights I had to worry about whether I would get a seat, but the check-in man said not to worry, I would get a seat.....and I did - a window even.  So I was happy about that.  I didn't really have much extra time at Heathrow beyond waiting for a seat assignment.

The flight to Philly was not eventful at all.  Had some weird meals provided, enough to drink:  juice, ginger ale.  My seat mate was a young military pilot from Seattle who was stationed in Cambridge for 3 years.  He said that area is very quiet - fields and lots of smelly pigs.  Maybe that is where all the English bacon comes from.  I landed in Philly and more lines, more security, dragging my bag to Station A and back - not sure why - but now I have gotten the shuttle to Terminal F here - where I plugged the computer into the wall next to an elevator.  I have just been joined by a woman - we complained about the lack of facilities here.  The ladies' room was pretty horrible too.  I guess that is all for now - hopefully there will be no adventures from this point on.

Well, aside from their asking for people to give up their seats voluntarily, they said our flight was delayed due to maintenance, but we got out in good time.  Even though I was so tired I started getting my nervous feet, it was an OK travel day.  The cab driver said that his company has a special deal to work at the airport and therefore they have to pay a cut to the airport.  News to me.  It rained here so my grass was wet.  My grass is high - or shall I say, weeds.  Lots of work to do before my next trip to Portland at the end of June.



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