Thursday, 2 April 2009
a series of delays
Some emergency shopping on Tuesday evening because of my unexpected extended stay away this week. My moderately priced return ticket was not changeable on day of travel so I had to buy another single back to the UK.
On Sunday I'd left my car in the plastic denting short stay at Heathrow for this originally short visit.
But then during Thursday the meetings overran again and I found myself being negotiated onto the last seat on another flight with a different carrier. At least the previous single ticket was refundable.
I finally arrived at the airport and headed for the noodle bar before catching the plane.
"Ring Ring" said my phone,"Hi", said a voice. "We are just coming through security...Can we meet for a follow up discussion before we head back to Amsterdam?"
...So ten minutes later I was meeting in the Caviar Bar by Pier C Airside. They enjoyed smoked salmon whilst I sipped an orange juice as we continued business meetings.
Finally to the plane, which would take me back to a different terminal a rail journey across the airport from where my car was parked.
Shame that there had been a circuit failure on the Heathrow Express, so I had to wait rather a long time to get from T3 to T5.
And the car parking was surprisingly expensive.