Poland…Looks a Lot Like Our Living Room


We had a long day yesterday – I was at work until 9:30, Astrid until nearly Midnight, and then we had to clear up and prepare the house for a couple of days away, which usually means setting up enhanced kitty services to hold them through the long weekend.  We finally managed to get maybe 4 hours of sleep, max, before the 5am alarm.

At 5, though, we woke up to a text message from British Airways.  Uh-oh!

A 4:30am text message was the first notice of a problem with our 7:40 flight - man, it would have been nice to know the night before!

A 4:30am text message was the first notice of a problem with our 7:40 flight – man, it would have been nice to know the night before!

You may have heard about a small fire on a parked plane yesterday at London Heathrow Airport.  Well, despite the fact that it was an empty plane at a remote parking area, the airport was completely closed for about 90 minutes yesterday afternoon.  That might not seem like too much, but Heathrow is the world’s busiest international airport and the third-busiest overall, with nearly 70 million annual passengers (after Atlanta and Beijing but ahead of Chicago, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Paris).  More importantly, it is totally full – there is no spare capacity, so as soon as something goes wrong the effects cascade quite broadly.

So, it is likely that our plane and/or crew were diverted to another London-area airport, like Gatwick, or otherwise mis-positioned elsewhere around Europe.  It just would have been nice to have known that before going to sleep, so that we could have avoided the crazy-early wake-up call!

Given the short length of the weekend trip, we have just cancelled the flights and the hotel.  You might recall that we were only doing this because of an expiring 2-for-1 voucher, which British Airways has helpfully told me cannot be extended, so will likely be lost.  I will fight for it, but it seems to be more up to American Express than BA.  Still, we can use the rest – although it would have been a great weekend to go somewhere cooler, as today it is 90F here, which is about as hot as it ever gets (and with no A/C anywhere, it is pretty uncomfortable).

We will just have to find another time to visit Poland!

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