Friday, 28 January 2011

Airport Adventures - Part 1

Well I was all ready to go to the airport yesterday morning, and before packing up the laptop had a quick look at my emails. 'Your flight to Newark NJ has been cancelled' gulp. So I called Continental, and they managed to re-route me via Frankfurt/Houston Texas/LA. Nothing in my life is ever straightforward. The plane to Frankfurt arrived on time, and I have a prestigious award to give to Frankfurt airport. 'The most horrible airport in the world award'. It's one of those where they park the plane, and you get on a bendy bus, and go careering off, honestly it was miles to the terminal. Then when you get there, you have to walk miles back, up and down stairs, lugging your hand luggage, to roughly where you picked up the bus.

I seemed to be wearing something that sent all the buzzy warning things crazy, so I was patted up and down very thoroughly about five times. I am all for security, but it does seem ridiculous to have two women standing side by side, one of them asked all sorts of questions, along the usual lines of 'did you pack this bag yourself' etc. She then put a little sticker on my boarding card, and directed me to the next person, who patted me down again and asked me exactly the same questions - they were standing right next to each other. By this time I was tired and cross, so was quite grumpy with them, well very grumpy actually, I don't think they liked me much

Then the Frankfurt plane was late, and we had to get on another bendy bus for miles, but the plane they were taking us to wasn't there either - they had to divert to Ireland for a sick passenger. So we all sat on the bendy bus for an hour, before it drove off and went careering around looking for a plane we could get on to........................... so of course, when we got to Houston after another long 11 hour flight, all the connnecting flights had long gone, so here I am, tired out, writing this from a hotel room. My next flight takes off at 7 in the morning, I do hope there are no unscheduled dramas with this one..... I'll be dumping my stuff in the apartment and going straight to CHA
Talk to you tomorrow

35 comments:

Rufus said...

It's never a dull moment for you is it! Hope that all goes well from Houston to LA. Enjoy CHA
R/

juli (sweetpz) said...

Safe travels for you!
I'm sure you will have a fantastic time at CHA, which will outweigh your bumpy road of getting there!
I'll bet there will be other people with horror stories to share... LOL
have fun, can't wait to hear all about CHA!
hugs
juli

Margarita said...

Wow, all that drama. It does seem a bit too much...but your headed to the best place CHA...so that in itself is something to smile about! Hope you have a better tomorrow!

Ελευθερία said...

oh.. sorry to hear about your little adventure... hope that you will have a great time at the CHA!!!!

kath said...

oh poor you...what a nightmare of a journey...perhaps you would have been better with just a canoe and a paddle...enjoy it once you get there...big hugs kath xxx

Fliss said...

OMG En, sounds like you're having a right old time!!!
Hope you get there soon.
I have fingers crossed for my younger daughter who's meant to be returning from NY today.
xx

pinky said...

Oh no Enfys, that sounds absolutely awful. Are you travelling alone? No way I could do that...Take care and hope you get the next part of the journey a bit better.

Lynda said...

Sounds like a complete Nightmare - hope the rest of the journey goes well. Take care.

Love Lynda xxx

MaggieC said...

Poor you. Hope the airports work out where they have put their planes for the rest of your journey. With luck, the CHA will drive all the bad memories out of your mind. Have fun.

Autumn Mist said...

Good grief, you poor thing. Hope you get there ok and have a great time at the CHA.

Debbie said...

Ah bless you, sounds a rough journey. Keep smiling and enjoy the CHA.Love Debbie x

Nannieflash said...

Oh Sweetheart it sounds like a nightmare I do so hope you have arrived where you need to by now, and that you have a smoother journey coming back home. With love and hugs Shirleyxx

lucretia said...

Ah, sorry to hear about your travels. Nothing ever goes right when I travel either. Mind you, excessive travel makes me swell up like a balloon and I can't even eat. For some reason I end up looking like a blow fish.

1CardCreator said...

Sorry you have started out with such a rough go. I'm sure all the goodies at CHA will make up for it though! ~Diane

Linda said...

I started shaking when you said Newark. That is the.. well lets say not the nicest place to go. Glad you are safe so far. I hope today in the Good Old USA is much better for you. Have fun!

CraftyCooky said...

Hi Enfys, hope your next flight and the rest of your trip goes great. Have fun a CHA you lucky gal. Hugs to you and can't wait for your next stories.
xxx
Claire

JANLYNN said...

It is so sad that because of some very disturbed mentally people (terrorist) that the lives of us that have no intentions of such ideas have to suffer. Hope the rest of you trip is more enjoyable and can't wait to hear more.

Pamela A. said...

This is why i don't like to fly! I pretty much make my hubby drive me everywhere. LOL. I hope you have a good trip the rest of the way and have a blast at CHA! Looking forward to hearing your about the rest of your trip. God bless, Pamela

Grandma Bugs Place said...

Oh my - that is just not rigth. Hope you get (got) some rest and enjoy the show!

Marcie

Jessica said...

Holy cow En! I'm sorry it took you so long to get over here. But at least you got close to LA! It's probably good that you got to Houston. Some folks are stuck in DC, awaiting their flights. Did the airline co. have to pay for your hotel? I guess the whole east coast from NC up is under a blanket of white stuff! My MIL has about 15 inches in Boston MA. I hope you get to CHA today!
Hugs, Jess

BethanyR said...

Enfys, I read your story to my Mom this morning..actually right after the News was talking about canx flights in the NE, and I said I wonder how my friend Enfys' trip is going. After I read your story, my Mom, who has been doing research on Ancestry.com, said it used to take 6 months to get from the UK to California. Three of them on a rocking rolling boat and 3 or more in a covered wagon...so I guess that is her way of looking on the bright side....

mahuntington said...

Oh my you sure do have interesting stories. Hope you made it okay by now. Diane said she was waiting for you.
Mary Ann

dannakaye said...

Poor Enfys! But there is NO snow in Houston or LA! So you should have a easier time of it from Texas! Have a great week...can't wait to hear all the good stuff you will bring us!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Oh no! I have some of those tales to tell too, but only 1 at a time or 1 per flight.... your sounds like a nightmare that doesn't end! Have fun at CHA

Kathy&Jeff said...

Wow, I think I'm giving you an award for patience beyond what is called for .. wow. Glad you made it.

Kathy(LuvsRaggedy) Wyatt

Donna said...

Ah yes, the luxury of flying! One of my last trips had multiple stay overs because I wanted to see and visit different people. Each leg was three days and each time they lost luggage having it arrive to me the day I was leaving for my next leg! Carry on now! Enjoy your trip - you deserve it!
Blessings, Donna
grandma4five

mary stuart said...

Oh, Enfys, I was hoping your plane wasn't coming through NY! They had a lot of snow and all airports there were closed, so i heard on the news.
Hope you get a nap in before you had to CHA! Lucky you!! Have fun! Looking forward to your CHA posts!

kisatrtle said...

here's hoping for a lot less drama and great updates from CHA

Mary said...

Oh you poor thing! I can't imagine you being cross. Have a nice rest and enjoy CHA tomorrow!!!

Rae Ann said...

Sorry to hear about your travel trials. I hope CHA makes it all worthwhile!

Kristie Maynard said...

Well now you can just have some fun at CHA! Hope the flight back is much nicer for you!

Audrey Frelx said...

Oh, Enfys, I know how you feel!!! I always seem to have a rough time travelling too; I'm so bad, my hubby gets as far away from me as possible! I can't stand airports because you're right, it seems you're always at the last gate to/from, and everything else that can go wrong does! But, we always manage to get there and back, and have a wonderful time in between!!!
That's the bright side I always remember when I get home!!!

Glad all turned out well -- now just get back!!! LOL!

Kim. said...

Oh dear poor you, at least you can say your trips are never uneventful lol. I hope you are enjoying CHA and meeting up with your fellow design team pals.
Kim xXx

ddinak said...

I'm sorry Enfys! What a crazy day! Hope you have a fantastic time at CHA and your flight back is delay free!
Hugs
Denise

texaslady said...

WOW some people have all the fun...hee hee. Really so sorry for all you went thru and hope u sail thru the rest of the way.