Woken up feeling surprisingly relaxed still. I expected that I’d be panicking about the flight or being in the airport on my own by now but apparently not…could this be the calm before the storm of a massive breakdown later? I hope not!
Have all piled into the car to go to the Airport, dropping Mum to work on the way. Wishing I’d eaten something more than Rice Krispies for breakfast, hungry already
9:15am (about 20-30mins away from Gatwick)
Me-…I need a wee
Natalie – Yeah I need the loo too
Dad- How old are you two? Did you not go before we left??
Me- I did go before we left but I need to go again…it’s all the tea and excitement
Dad(who is trying to give up smoking)-…I need a cigarette…
Stopped at services. Me and Natalie go to the bathroom, Dad sits outside the car and sulks as he trys to puff on his electric cigarette(one of those with the nicotine and water vapour cartridges)
Natalie decides she knows quicker way back to the car, please note that it only took 2 minutes to walk from the car into the Service building and to the toilets in the first place. I’m too lazy to argue so we try her way-it leads us out to the coach park and there is a fenced childrens play area between us and the carp park…that was only 2 minutes away in the first place…
9:40am Natalie tries to convince me to jump over the fence for the childrens play area ‘If we take a run up it can’t be that hard’ rather than loose face and walk back the other way :-s
Arrive at Airport.
Dads patience is wearing thin as I start asking stupid questions about how planes actually manage to fly.
Checked in and have been told there is a 1.5hr delay on the flight, decide to wander around and have something to eat.
Got a bit confused as to what desk to check-in at, turns out I booked my seats with Expedia and AirTransat but the seat is on a Thomas Cook flight that is being run by Canadian Affair?!
Said goodbye to Natalie and Dad and gone through security (very cute security guy chats to me…unfortunatly I don’t need to be searched/patted down…)to Departures.
12:50pm (Sitting in the south terminal of Gatwick airport)
Have had a look around some of the shops. Went into Accessorize and bought a few bits.
Got chatting to the lovely ladies (especially one called Rachel) in the Clarins shop. We started talking because they were trying to guess my age, they thought 19-20 years old, and I spent about an hour in there chatting about the holiday, horoscopes and stuff and then they made a quick phone call and sent me over to the woman at the Benefit and Clinique counter in the Duty Free who had sorted out some samples of moisturizers and creams to take on the flight with me 🙂
Just got myself a coffee from Costa. Checked the departure board and it still says flight is delayed until 3:35pm but can go through to departure lounge at 2:30…only an hour to kill then!
Just getting ready to board, plane looks tiny!
Have been chatting to the people next to me, Anne and DiDi, Anne is a year or two older than me and DiDi is her Great Aunt – they’re going to visit family in Toronto.
Food was brought around and it turns out no-one informed Thomas Cook that I need a dairy free meal :-s so I get to eat a chunk of chicken and a few peas 😦
Just watched the films The Blind Side and Up in the Air, not as good as their write-up suggested but killed a few hours.
Laptop is about to die so will let you all know when I arrive via Twitter!