Well the holiday is over and it is back to the grind tomorrow.
The trip home was awful…… the flight was delayed by 4 hours. Four extra hours sitting in Heathrow airport is not much fun. The flight was supposed to leave at 4.20pm landing me in DC around 8pm last night. At first the departure board had "Please Wait" listed instead of a gate number. Then the dreaded "Delayed" sign appeared with no further information. Eventually a time went up but it kept being changed to a later and later time until we finally departed at 8.30pm. The weather was clear in both London and DC and we were never really told what happened other than our plane had "landed at Gatwick" and then had to wait for a slot to reland at Heathrow… Mmmm!
We landed in DC just before midnight. By then they had made the announcement that every single connecting flight had left so there were a lot of unhappy people – not least the 74 people who were flying to Orlando last night – some of them to go on a Disney cruise.
To try cheering these "connectors" up a bit they separated them from the DC terminators and took them to Immigration first and then brought their bags up on a different carousel before we DC people got ours! Apparently they wanted to get these people to hotel rooms as quickly as possible – it didn't do much to mollify those of us living here!
Then I had been honest on the Customs form and written that I had food – so they sent me to the Agricultural Line – oh No! I thought I was going to have to throw away my bloody expensive Fortnum and Mason Christmas Pudding!!
When you land in Australia there are signs all the way to Customs telling you that you can't bring fruit, meats etc into the country so to either eat it or toss it (bins helpfully provided). The woman who processed me made a comment about me being Australian (the passport gives it away) and something along the lines that I should know better! At this stage I was wondering if I could eat the whole pudding rather than throw it away – I was pretty hungry…..
I said "It's commercially packaged, not some home made thing". The fruit was the problem; but after running all my baggage through the scan machine they let me go with the pudding intact.
By the time I got home it was almost 3am and I have felt decidedly "seedy" today.
I took this photo in Rome on the first day we were there… I am going to need a bit of patching up myself, to be able to get through my first day back at work tomorrow!