Saturday, March 16, 2013

If you're going through hell, keep on going...

I debated between this blog title and "putting one foot in front of the other." I smile as I write this post as it was a great and yet crazy day. Very eventful.

This morning, Lisa and I headed into London for sightseeing. We checked out Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. It was a whirlwind of sights that was perfect. The one awkward thing-- due to my afternoon flight out, I carried the giant backpack everywhere. Fortunately Lisa carried the small one for me!

(We also saw the taxi! Years ago, I used to do work on the website, so it was amazing to see the cab in London.)

As the day grew later, we jumped on the tube to head toward the Heathrow Airport. Since its the weekend, many trains weren't running in their typical patterns. After a few changes, we decided a taxi was in order due to time constraints.

On the way to the airport, I phoned a friend who asked surprised, "why are you still in London?!" This friend helped me book my ticket a few weeks ago. My itinerary said the flight was on British Airways out of Heathrow at 5:25 PM, so I was confused at first. My friend then let me know that although the British Airways flight was considered, it wasn't the one that was booked in the end. I had been scheduled on an AIR FRANCE flight out of London City Airport (not Heathrow) at ELEVEN AM! Holy cow, I thought. Not only did I miss my flight, but I'm heading to the completely wrong airport.

To solve my dilemma, I went to the Air France counter at Heathrow and explained that I had missed my flight and asked for help. The representative was very confused. Apparently Air France doesn't have flights to Dublin from there. My only options were to fly through Paris, or to get to the London City Airport and to fly from there-- both tomorrow. And both would be brand new tickets. That just wouldn't work as tomorrow is St Patrick's Day in Dublin. I had to get here sooner.

In the end, I got onto a later British Airways flight and I'm now in Dublin! My brother Nick met me at my hotel for dinner. Everything worked out and I had a nice day. In fact, I'm considering extending my time here. Today reminded me that sometimes you just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other... One step at a time... And hopefully, eventually, things will work out.

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