Surprise…an overnight in London sans luggage – London, United Kingdom
The flight out of Barcelona was delayed by about 30 minutes…and took a bit longer at take off too. So, I missed the connection in London and am being put up at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel Hayes…about 10 minutes from Heathrow. Big hotel, small rooms. 19.95 pounds allotted for dinner, 14.95 for breakfast and a free room and shuttle from/to airport. I’m rebooked for tomorrow morning. Oh…and my luggage? I suppose it’s getting accomodation at Heathrow Luggage Motel. Or on it’s way to Chicago…or maybe gone on holiday to unknown parts. Great.
Waited for the Hoppa Hotel bus at stop 4. Told Bryan I felt like I was waiting for the night bus (first time I’ve been here since reading Harry Potter!). We made jokes about platform 9 3/4 and I said I was going to run at a concrete abutment and see if I could get through to Hogwart’s Express. He laughed. And so, I too laughed at my own stupid joke–finally feeling a little better after a few surly Londoners put a damper on the already dampened day.
Left side of the road driving, rain, proper English…it’s been a long time.
It seems I’m close to Windsor Castle here. Interesting. Early today, I wished to be home safely (to Windsor Avenue)! I wonder if the “wishing well” got confused? Ah…just full of fun today. Actually would love to go to see Windsor Castle sometime. Also saw signs in the hotel for the Windsor room and the Winchester room. Odd given our living arrangements last year.
Dinner in the boring little Brasserie with extremely friendly waiters and a fish tank with 4 extremely bored looking fish. Burger, chips (the British still don’t leave Americans alone with a ketchup bottle), glass of water and wine. Nice little quiet time on my blackberry to Mama and work.
Currently sitting in a borrowed hotel bathrobe. Wondering if I shouldn’t do a little “laundry”…think it’ll dry before tomorrow 6 a.m.? I’d really hate to have damp “knickers!” Listening to BBC…”Naught point 5% decrease”, “paid a visit to 10 Downing Street” — and shows someone ringing the doorbell of the prime minister’s residence/office!
Onward to Chicago
My 7:55 am flight from LHR to ORD was canceled. I learned this after getting up and out to the Hoppa bus to Heathrow at 5:00 a.m. UGH. Rebooked on the 12:15 flight in business class. Had cappuccino and chocolate croissant in terminal 3 and took my time looking at each and every shop…and some of them twice…and WH Smith, Borders 3 times each. Reading, people watching…what an interesting place. And finally at 11:05, the board gave us the gate number for AA #67 home. About 8 hours later, after passing between Northern Ireland and Scotland and skimming the southern edge of Greenland, landed safely in Chicago… No sign of the luggage–filed a tracer and left the customs area for the international greeting area where Bryan met me
It’s good to be home!