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Published: June 28th 2015
A view from our balcony.
Thursday 25 June 2015
It was a short night in our hotel near London Stansted Airport, but when our alarm rang we were up and away to meet our 5.45am taxi, ready to catch the early Ryanair flight back to Menningen Airport in Germany. Stansted Airport was a sea of would-be or have-just-been travellers all moving through space at breakneck speed. We made an excellent job of keeping up at first, but ground to a halt in the queue for security clearance. Military manoevres or even stock handling came to mind as orders were spat out to try and control the flow of intending travellers. Yesterday's thorough pat down was a fond memory as the finer detail of almost every garment put on this morning was checked and shoes taken away for testing. Feeling quite relieved to make it through this process, we reminded ourselves that with the world as it is, we should be grateful for the vigilance shown.
No time to waste, we set off for Departure Gate 54, a bracing walk at that still early hour. With what we thought was plenty of time before boarding, we noticed people getting on a plane at our gate,
The local church.
so approached the desk just to check it was not our plane. Oh no! It was our plane and we were the last passengers to board. It was then we realised that yesterday's departure ahead of schedule must be the usual pattern for Ryanair. No problem, in no time we were seated, buckled in and awaiting takeoff. A lengthy wait with no action was followed by an announcement that due to some technical difficulties this plane would not be flying. A replacement plane would be towed across and we would all need to board that one. Immediately passengers were on their feet unloading overhead lockers and jockeying for position in the aisle. The fact that no replacement plane had magically appeared seemed to escape these hurrying people. In fact it was to be an hour before our transfer took place and we finally took off. We couldn't help wondering if yesterday's very rough landing may have resulted in today's technical difficulties...
Back on the ground at Memmingen Airport we found our lease car safe and sound, quickly had our first meal of the day and got onto the autobahn to make a start on the next part of today's
Our lovely bed.
journey which would end at a family hotel in the mountains near Berchtesgaden. Rest will be part of the plan for the next two nights.
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