25.10.2009 Denmark‧§ Day 62 § End of the Journey
19, Jan 2011 00:39
In order to catch the 14:20pm flight from Copenhagen to London, we left the guesthouse at 10:30am, and took a bus in front of the guesthouse to the central train station, from there we took a train to the airport.
However, after we got onto the train and were waiting for departure for about 10 minutes, suddenly there was a broadcasting announcement, saying that the captain was not on the train. Wow, the captain was missing! It seemed that I always had the fortune to encounter such kind of incident when I was travelling. I was a little bit worried at that time, but since we still had plenty of time, I decided to wait for 20 more minutes. Luckily, the train finally departed after 10 minutes later.
Once we arrived at the airport, we went to the claim all the tax refund as it was not yet 12:30pm, and there was no staff at the check-in counter, too. However, once we had done all the tax reclaim and did the check-in (the staff had even checked if we needed to had a visa to go to UK!), we did not have much time left. And for god's sake, the queue for inspection was very long! There were only two quene and both were very long! I went to ask the staff if he could let us to be checked first as we were in a hurry and the answer was 'No'. Fine. I grew worrying and worrying and after we got through the inspection, there was only 5 minutes left! We ran to the boarding gate and thanks god we just catch it!
Was it the end of the story? No. When we got out of London Gatwick, it was almost 16:00pm. We took the Gatwick Express to London Victoria, from there we took the tube to Earl's Court(and met Michael's little brothers to get my luggage, thank you so much for that). My original plan was to take the Piccadilly line there to Heathrow. However, after waiting for a tube to Acton Town direction for about 15 minutes, I realised there was something about that. Then to my very horror, I was told by a staff that there was no tube to Heathrow dirction as that part of the tube was under maintenance! WHAT THE HELL???!!! And the only way to get to Heathrow was to take the Heathrow Express from London Paddington!!!
I then had no choice but to get to London Paddington. I was glad that we could take the District line directly to Paddington - reduced the hassles of taking such heavily luggage walking up and down the stairs (Yes, in most underground station, there was no escalators nor lifts to get to the platform). It was already a rough task to get to Earl's Court from London Victoria. However, reality todl me how naive I was - there were still construction/maintenance work in either the Earl's Court or Paddington station, we needed to work for a long distance, up and down the stairs many times... Oh, I hated the London tube...
When we finally reached Heathrow Airport, it was around 18:00pm. My sister's flight was at 21:00pm, while mine was 21:30pm. Since our flights departed at different terminals, after helping my sister to rearranged her luggage and checked in, I took the train to Terminal 4. I did not know why but there were far too many people trying to queue for airlines (Singapore Airline, Virgin etc.) in Zone A, therefore the automate doors for getting into the zone were closed. I waited there for about 3 minutes. Seeing that it would take more than 10 minutes to get through the doors, I went to Zone B instead, and from there I walked to Zone A (ha).
However, these sort of incidents had not ended yet. Once I got into Zone A, I found that there were so many people queuing for Vigin check-in counters! I must say it was a bit of chaos. I had been queuing for more than 30 minutes but the queue was moving in a very, very slow rate. As the boarding time got closer and closer, I finally went to ask the staff in the preimer check-in counter about my situation and see if she could let me to do the check-in first and drop the luggage. The staff whom I asked was worried about my case and so she was going to do the check-in for me, but there came another staff saying that I did not need to worry about that - I just need go back to the queue and then it would be fine. So I did.
After about 10 minutes, one of the staff seemed to realised suddenly that there were still passengers queuing to check-in for the 21:30pm flight, which was about to depart. They then called us to the front to check-in, and started talking to their manager about this matter. The staff who was in charge of my check-in asked if I would be interested in a round trip ticket which would depart on the next day, together with one free night hotel. Certainly, my answer was "No". And finally, through all these hassles, I got onto the plane. Jesus Christ!
Later, I knew the reason why there were so many people queuing for the virgin counter --- they were all going for another flight to Sydney at around 22:50pm! Gosh. Could you please at least free a check-in counter for that 21:30pm flight? There were about ten counters there and I believed if you had done so, it would not just save my time going through all these hassles, but also your money!
What a tiring journey back home!
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