Before we've even left the country!!

Trip Start Jan 16, 2010
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Trip End Aug 16, 2010


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Friday, January 15, 2010

Before you read on I understand that most travel blogs do not usually have an entry for the journey to the airport up to taking off , however this is martin and Jenny and the fun always starts early , i just hope the start of our trip is nota sign of things to come.

We arrived at the station half an early with our own little personal army of family and friends to see us off in style. Now jenny is not big on crying in front of other people but as soon as mummy Julie's chin began to wobble it triggered a chain reaction of blubbing with my sister and julie the main blubbers!

As we made our way to the platform our gang to wave us off , after alot of hugs and way way to much waving the train pulled away and our adeventure. Shortly after the department i shuffled through the packed carriage to go to the litle boys room , there were about 6 people standing in the vestibule outside the toilet i press the button to open the door and to my suprise (and to hers)
there was a rather large afro-carribean lady mid flow with her trousers round her ankles. I quickly pounced on the close button , but as anyone who has travelled on a pendelino train will know that once the doors have slowly begun to open they do not close again until the door is fully open , this meant that the poor woman was sat there exposed to the whole train for about 30 seconds , after the door closed i shouted sorry and proceeded to find another toilet.

After returning from running my own little peep show i had barely got comfortable in my seat when we came to a stand still and the train manager announced that today of all days there was a "jumper" on the line and the route to London was blocked with all trains stacking up .After worrying beyond belief and contemplating a taxi or lift from lichfield , we put our faith in Virgin trains and rolled into Euston only an hour late . We grabbed our ridiculously large and heavy backpacks and waddled onto the tube , little did we know that this was only the start of the chaos.

We arrived at the airport two and a half hours before departure and headed toward the check in desks like giddy school girls .The nice lady took our passports and strangley dissapeared , she returned looking rather sheepish , she explained that it was standard practice for airlines to over book flights to ensure the are always full!! , this means they rely on people not turning up on the day , well on this particular day every bugger turned up and well in advance of ourselves thanks to the jumper.

Suddenly we were not so giddy and the mood turned nasty , we begged pleaded and mainly abused all Virgin staff for about an hour. i even pretended we were on our honeymoon to pull on some heartstrings .All was looking grim until we were offered an alternate flight with Cathay pacific direct to Hong Kong that left 35 minutes after our flight . Without hestiation we accepted and queued to check in to the alternate flight ,whilst in the qeue were told we were entitled 300 euors each or a flight to anywhere in the world with Virgin antlantic as compensation. After some deliberation me and jonesy opted for the flight as we 18 months to claim and book and i turn 30 next April.

We had quicly turned from potential mass murderers back into giddy school girls already planning were to go . The Virgin staff we had called F***ing *@!*@'s , were the best god damn airport staff we have ever had the priviledge to meet
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However the final twist in this tale meant that we had 40 minutes to book in and get to the departure gate to make the flight. QUEUE THE BENNY HILL MUSIC................................
We were at gate forty which was a good Kilometer away from the check in desk , so off we sped through heathrow like a pair off sweaty bull mastiffs with back packs, puffing and panting we made it in time to board the plane , finally we were off the flight was perfect we arrived in Hong Hong at 5.30 in the afternoon , the warm air greeted us as we left the airport............ and so the adventure begins
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distant_places
distant_places on

Chuckalicious! Classic JJ & MK chaos! We're missing you already!

We were so pleased when you got the alternate flight - really they should supply roller blades at Heathrow...suggest it to Virgin Mart, as I am sure they will remember you forever ;o)
love S and Dad
xxx

Vic and grce on

So glad your both ok! Just read wot else happened to you on the journey there...I suppose as it is you 2, it is not really that surprising! Anyway sounds ace, keep safe and me and Grace miss you...well grace does!!! x x x x

jenandmart
jenandmart on

Yes it is us two Vic, so something will always go wrong! but at least we got here without killing one another!
I miss Gracey pie, and you a tiny bit i suppose!! xx

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