Not so green!
This adventure started with a couple of hiccups.... firstly the weekend before I flew out I realised I'd made a stupid mistake. In booking my return shuttle bus to/from Heathrow I booked the return stretch for Monday 7th, the day of my flight home... only that's an overnight flight so we actually arrive back on the 8th - oops! Apparently they can't just change dates and as I'd got the early bird discount they count refund me the cost of a single ticket, but the lovely people at the bus company did set me up with a free m.ticket on their app. As I still don't own a smart phone i had to set it up on my tablet & hope it worked...
The second hiccup occured less than 24 hours before my flight out, just after I'd checked in online, when I got a text from BA saying my flight was cancelled! eep! Luckily I got a text shortly after saying they'd rebooked me on an AA flight less than an hour later than my flight. Phew! Next job, find out if they'd transfered my request for a veggie meal... on hold for an age, no, BA couldn't as
new flight was with their partners AA. Call AA, further hold music, no I couldn't book a veggie meal as special requests had to be in more than 24h before the flight. The fact that I was transfered to the flight after this point didn't change the fact that the food was already ordered. Damn. Call BA to see if the still had my veggie meal on order & could they give it to AA... No, all orders cancelled when flight cancelled. But lovely chap at BA assured me that AA *always* have a veggie option anyway so to let them know.
Anyway, apart from that it wasn't too bad. I managed to get a free window seat - although I did swap to the other side of the plane to let two friends sit together. I got to point out Winsdor Castle & explain oil seed rape to the nice American's sitting next to me. Had some good views of the Hebrides, Greenland and Canada on the way out as the plane took a very northerly route. lots of ice on the latter two. Ice slowly gave way to rocky wilderness and eventually civilisation as we headed south
across North America. Plus although the surly american air stewardess wouldn't but a veggie dish aside for me they weren't all snapped my by the time they got to me so I was fed ok on the plane. After getting through security and getting my bag I just missed the bus at the airport and had to wait nearly an hour for the next. At this point I also found out my phone didn't work in USA so plan to let Chavaunne know where I was seemed scuppered! A lovely lady at the bus stop kindly tried to send a text to her for me but for some reason it didn't work. Luckily the bus had free wifi... but whilst the driver knew the words for the password she didn't know how it was capitalised. I spent the first part of the journey trying every combination until finally I got online & dropped Chavaunne a message to let her know where I was, what time I was due and that my phone was dead. (We discovered this was due to the fact that my old Samsung phone supports gsm 900/1800 but USA uses 850/1900.)
Met up with Chavaunne outside
the hotel & flopped briefly before she dragged me out for food - take away from the local Whole Foods, it was very tasty! With Chavaunne's help I stayed awake until 9:30pm to try to get onto local time as quickly as possible.
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