[personal profile] giftederic
Got the standby flight so heading to Heathrow in a few minutes. I'll try and keep this updated as I progress.

Edit: Landed safely in Heathrow, to find flights to Dublin cancelled. Happily now on board a Virgin train to Bangor, North Wales, presuming that I'll be able to make it to Holyhead from there, to a prebooked Ferry at 2:40 am.... Total costs of misadventure are now running at about €180. Travel insurance will pick up the tab for atleast some of this (and they have already very kindly sent me a claim form). I also presume that I will be able to get a refund for the LHR -> DUB element of my trip. So apart for a continually increasing sleep deficit all is good. Oh, and I also picked up a young female sidekick from Kerry as a travelling partner :).

Further Edit: Virgin Trains get serious kudos as upon seeing us all standing in the snow on the platform in Bangor, they reboarded us and are taking us straight to Holyhead. Now for a 6 hr wait in Holyhead. Atleast there will be food (which it didn't look like there was in Bangor station)

Final Edit: I am home. The sidekick was also safely delivered to Heuston for her train to the interior. Snow, heavy cases and missing buses make for interesting adventures at Dublin Port. It was also heart warming to eventually get a taxi and know the taxi driver from the local Rathmines rank.

Date: 2010-12-21 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dualpurpose.livejournal.com
Without sms ability, this is the best medium for communications!

Date: 2010-12-21 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ulaire-daidoji.livejournal.com
I don't know why but I am incredibly envious of you right now. I think it's an awesome adventure you're on, think of the memories you'll have! "Ah yes remember the time it took me 15 days to get home...."

By the way, flights into Dublin are being diverted to ..... Manchester right now!

Date: 2010-12-22 08:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kauaioo.livejournal.com
lol - 15 days

Things like this always make for good stories in the pub over a pint and a hugely overpriced tiny tin of Pringles. At the time though, it's a nightmare!

Actually Gav - didn't this happen to you before? On the way over to Canada? You're amassing quite a few travel tales.

Date: 2010-12-21 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ulaire-daidoji.livejournal.com
oooh another awesome thing on the news , the British army are now working to keep the runways at LHR open :) you might find a Challenger Tank greeting you when you land :)

Date: 2010-12-21 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dualpurpose.livejournal.com
How do you know you're not her sidekick?

Date: 2010-12-21 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carawyn.livejournal.com
an excellent question

Date: 2010-12-21 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giftederic.livejournal.com
I know where I'm going and I use her to look after the bags :)
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Date: 2010-12-21 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gingereejit.livejournal.com
We Kerry people prefer the leatherette costumes instead of the spandex. It's a county thing :-)

Date: 2010-12-22 10:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carawyn.livejournal.com
*Some* country people can manage real leather. (For that new car smell.)

Date: 2010-12-22 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kauaioo.livejournal.com
Just because I never quite know *exactly* where I'm going doesn't make me a side kick (she types defensively thinking back on her New Zealand holiday with Gav, the penny slowly dropping...)

Date: 2010-12-23 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kauaioo.livejournal.com
You'd have loved tonight in New Zealand!!!

Happy Christmas Eve Gav :-)

I hope you have a very happy Christmas xxx

Date: 2010-12-23 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giftederic.livejournal.com
I want to say Happy Christmas Eve to you too, but it's not Christmas EVE yet! :)
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