Friday, June 20, 2008

Disaster En Route

After getting off to a promising start, our non-stop flight from SF to London was diverted to Calgary, Canada, when a passenger was taken seriously ill. The diversion--time spent circling to unload thousands of pounds of jet fuel, then about 2 hours on the ground figuring out a new flight plan and replacing the fuel--got us into London 3.5 hours late. Our connection was long gone (along with the money we paid for it) and we had to purchase an on-the-spot train ticket which ran us $400 for two--one way way.

We always figure in extra costs when we travel, but a total cost of $1,000 to get from London to Newcastle hurts. Now, the fun of filing appeals and claims to travel insurers.

I'm posting this from the train, which I really do like in spite of the cost. The English ountryside is green and lush right now as you can see from the image above.

Quite different from the Central Valley...

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