|My actual flight landing at Alicante!|
|My scene last week in Notts!|
I flew into East Midlands airport - a first for me. Its a tiny airport and probably good for those that don´t like the hustle and bustle of the large unnerving ones such as Birmingham or Manchester . However, my return journey on Sunday, along with thousands of others, was from Gatwick. I was rather anxious as we approached the Monarch check-in desks... not because Im a nervous flyer but whether my food haul would incur any excess baggage fees!
|The remains of my "refugee" luggage|
|Gatwick Duty Free shop|
I passed through the airport scanner without activating it, collected my 3 trays of belongings and went on through the Duty Free shop, as its the only way to get through to the gates. This is obviously a new strategy at airports, as its the same at Alicante - they obviously hope to tempt you into buying spirits and perfume which most the time you can find cheaper at the local supermarket. I managed to resist and found myself in the middle of a construction site on the other side - however, they "apologise for any inconvenience caused as we make improvements to our appearance".
|Never change money at the airport!|
Half an hour to take off so I headed to the gate expecting most passengers to be onboard. Fat chance... they hadn´t even started yet! To my surprise soon after, they announced over the tannoy that any passengers that had voluntarily checked in their hand luggage had priority boarding - a first for me. I was in seat 7E and as they started boarding from the back had a rather long wait. I couldn´t quite work out the logic of allowing those with no hand luggage on first as its the ones WITH that hold up the boarding, trying to find space in an overhead locker. Anyway, I managed to get on and as I started down the aisle homed in on my neighbour who was already seated - partly on my seat too (yes a seat belt extension was required!) Im just glad that I didn´t require the "rest room" during the duration as it would have been quite an ordeal getting out of my seat. I must remember to make sure that I never have a middle row seat again!
|That´s it ... shove it in!|
|Baggage reclaim area - deserted so why the 45 min wait?|
So Im back home where I belong.... it was lovely to see my daughter, mother, sister and friends - I certainly crammed an awful lot into my week, but in all honesty, I don´t think that I would have lasted much longer. One week bursts are just about right for me - if the weather wasn´t so awful then maybe I´d last longer, but as thats fairly unlikely I´ll stick with 7 days. Incase you are wondering, the weather forecast for the later part of this week says it will reach 24 degrees, so if I were you I´d get online and book a flight ... now were did I put that suncream!
Ex-Pat girl goes home
Changing your Pounds into Euros
Brits dominate Alicante airport