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A stressful departure

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We had a stressful departure as Kim had bought a Navman GPS for driving around the UK ... after loading the UK/Europe maps it stopped working. Fortunately we live closed to the Navman warehouse and they opened up after hours so he could swap the unit out.

It is funny that once things like that are sorted, you palpably feel the relief and calm.

But then in Los Angeles, our continuing flight to London was very full. Being on staff tickets we had to wait for commercial passengers to be accepted before we could be given boarding passes ... and guess what there was already a huge backlog of people on staff tickets waiting to get on ... some from today and a few unfortunate ones left over from yesterday.

Yes, after more stressful moments we were given our boarding passes and happily winging our way to London. Naughty thoughts soon come into my head ... "Damn! We could have booked our London hotel at a cheaper non-refundable rate rather than at the higher cancellable rate." Whereas 20 minutes ago I was standing in the line hoping like hell we'd get on the flight. Aaah! Human nature.

Posted by alexchan 17:00 Archived in New Zealand

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