Tuesday, June 28, 2011

On the move

For those who don't know, I've recently relocated my whole family to the UK. It's been an adventure and I fully intend to share all of it with you through the various video's and pictures I've been taking to try and document it all. (Fingers crossed on that. I've been terrible about carving out some time to do this.) My daughter snapped this photo of me while we were waiting in the airport. That in and of its self was an epic journey.

Previously, we lived on an island that required a ferry to get to and from the mainland. The ferries aren't something you can just ring up, and ask a lift from at a convenient time for your flight. They also frequently run late, break down, and in general can leave you high and dry and out of luck for catching a flight if you don't plan accordingly. Long story short, (or was that a short story long?) we decided to catch a ferry ridiculously early.

Once we were safely on the mainland, we breathed a sigh of relief as we sat in traffic that one of my daughters called "redonkulous". Despite the traffic, we reached the airport with ample time and unloaded our lives from our gianormous car rental into the parking garage. Wrangling all of us, with all of our luggage from the garage into the airport was a right treat as we dodged rental car return employees that apparently get bored and find the excitement in their job by doing 45 mph through pedestrians.

On the inside, airport food, lines galore, security screenings, and kid wrangling kept us entertained and fully occupied as we waited on our plane which was originally scheduled for a 6:45 p.m. departure but was delayed in London for extra safety checks after being hit by lightening.....WHY tell me that?!?! Yes, yes. I get it. It happens all the time. Perfectly normal and all that but I, DO NOT, need to know that about a plane I'm about to stick myself on for a flight out of Seattle all the way to London.

Anywho - we survived and are all in one piece. Despite the small hiccups of delays, astonishingly long toilet lines on the plane, obnoxious teenagers whose parents act oblivious as their kids use the reflective screens off hand held gadgets to shine light onto sleeping passengers faces, and airline food, it wasn't that  traumatizing a journey. I've had worse. Seriously. Much, much worse. In fact, upon reflection, I'd go so far as to say this trip was a downright pleasure cruise in comparison to some of my experiences. I love hearing about other people's interesting/bizarre/traumatizing travel stories if you'd like to share!
Cheers everyone!

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