We're Off Again

Trip Start Mar 03, 2012
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Trip End Mar 14, 2012


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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nothing provides me with more pleasure than to begin writing this blog. Every time I do so, I know that another wonderful adventure is about to begin. Our day began at 5am. There was a light drizzle outside, but we both had smiles on our faces in anticipation of our visit to England and Spain.
Our taxi arrived right on time at 6am, and by 6:20am we were at the British Air terminal at JFK. Check in was a breeze, but the full body scanner at security spotted the money belt I was wearing that was crammed with Pounds and Euros. I was led off into a separate room by two huge TSA agents. After a full body pat down, I was declared safe, and was released from custody.
The flight departed on time at 8:30am, but it was 45 minutes before we left the ground due to heavy fog. We're scheduled to land at London's Heathrow airport after a 6 hour flight at 8:15pm.
Meeting us at the airport are our hosts for four nights, David and Sheila Williams. They live in a Hailsham, a small town about 75 miles Southeast of London. Over the years I've been their guest several times, as they have with me when they've visited the United States.
How did I meet David? He was my publishing counterpart in the United Kingdom. Almost 23 years ago on September 25, 1989 we meet for the first time at LaGuardia airport. David was carrying his companies catalog so I would recognize him. My car service was late and I didn't think I'd make it to the airport on time. I arrived with no time to spare. As I ran for the departure gate I spotted a man with a catalog in his hand, and it was instant bonding from that second on. We've remained very close friends ever since. Our companies wanted us to compare selling methods, so approximately every two years we would visit each other either in the UK or the US, and then travel together to see our accounts. David would always drive the secondary roads and through the small towns. In doing so, I was able to visit almost every part of England including Wales.
Yesterday, I checked the weather to obtain a better idea of what to pack. Showers are predicted for most of our stay in the UK with a range of temperatures from 30 to 45 degrees. Madrid weather is sunny with a low of 30, and a high of 65.
Carolyn found another aisle seat, so she moved and is a few rows behind me. British Air has never known for its roomy seats. So far I've watch one movie, and have worked on this blog to keep myself entertained. With 2 1/2 hours left to the flight I just took an Ambien. I am fading with each word I type so I am going to quit while I'm ahead. I hope they don't have to carry me off.
Great flight that arrived ten minutes early. Took an hour to go through customs, but David and Sheila were the first faces we saw once we cleared customs. Arrived at the Williams home around 11pm. By the time we caught up it was 2am. Time to crawl into bed and catch a few hours of sleep before we start running around jolly ole England.
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Susieh on

Have a ball!

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janesiemensnear on

Thanks for including me on your blog recepient list. I can't wait to get started on this trip! (Living my travels vicariously through you and Carolyn is pretty sweet - I don't have to pack!)Jane

Renee on

Hi Marty and Carolyn,
Wishing you a wonderful trip! Take a lolt of pictures.
love renee and Ben

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