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I have learned this: never, ever, transfer in Heathrow

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May. 29th, 2005 | 08:52 am
mood: tired
music: airport bings

I could wax eloquent about the horrific process of getting from one international terminal to another in Heathrow, which involved over an hour of standing in three different unnecessary lines after nine hours of flying. Along with poor patient kids and old people who were far worse off than we were. So I'll just say: WTF were they thinking????

SF to London was nice and smooth, a little low on snacks but otherwise fine. T'husband was very cuddly and we both watched "Sideways" on the little TV sets. He read me Douglas Adams bits out loud. I drowsed some, he slept, the lucky dog. But he also got horribly allergic to something in the air, so it evened out.

I'm on a Heathrow lounge chair online via t-mobile and intend to enjoy every additional second of this layover!
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from: _grievousangel
date: May. 29th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
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The worst kind of nightmare in the world is having to change flights, or frankly check in, or anything at all to do with airports - I loathe 'em! When I was in Amsterdam recently I was amused as I walked towards my check in desk at Schipol to see signs saying 10-15 mins walk. I realise this is the norm, but when you have Leeds Bradford airport as your local you forget how big 'normal' ones are - Leeds Bradford has about seven gates and two check in halls. So much more civilised!

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from: msilverstar
date: Jun. 11th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
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yeah, Oakland airport used to be so easy to get around in, but now... not so nice.

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Trianne

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from: trianne
date: May. 29th, 2005 09:27 am (UTC)
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Heathrow scares me. Plus, all the signage in the world won't help me find anything unless it actually says "Trianne, proceed along this way for 50 yards" or "Trianne, this is where you need to be now" with a huge honking red arrow. You have my sympathies. Anyway, have fun!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jun. 11th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
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It wasn't so much the signage as the amazingly stupid systems of funnelling hundreds of people into a long line for slow buses. ARGH!

(We did have fun, and took a direct flight home)

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loreley_se

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from: loreley_se
date: May. 29th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
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Heathrow is evil...

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jun. 11th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
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It wasn't so bad to end there, but transferring, WTF?

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Fangirl Says

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from: fangirlsays
date: May. 29th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
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I hated Heathrow; Gatwick was much easier to deal with for me.

*pets you* Hope the rest of your journey is more pleasant!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jun. 11th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
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I'm going to remember that, also to book earlier so I don't have to transfer ever again.

Rest of the trip was good, thanks!

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