I enjoy making plans! All who know me will gladly and readily vouch for that. I mostly succeed but on occasions even my best laid-out plans turn dud.
So when British Airways cancelled all its flights into Heathrow airport on 19Dec2010, I was itsy- bitsy short of going………
Some of my friends encouraged me to keep checking for alternatives, some were reminding me of my great fortune at not being stranded at some airports while some others were coaxing me to cancel my trip all together and try again in 2011. So what ended up happening..?
Here is my diary…
Delayed flight here at Toronto
I reached Toronto airport at 2.45pm for my 6:25pm flight to Brussels. But now they don’t know when the flight will even take off from Brussels and fly into Toronto. Will keep you posted. Toronto really loves me and does not want to let me go even for a holiday. Ummm Dubai turns a sour face and Toronto clings to me! The joy of travel!
It is 11:25pm at Toronto…
..estimated time of departure is now at 1.30am. And I’ve just been told that my Chennai connection at Brussels would not wait for this flight from Toronto, so I am being re-routed to Delhi. From there they have given me a local jet-flight to Chennai. Hoping to reach Chennai on time for my 2:10pm flight to Coimbatore, else next option is 7:25pm. I am really a true-global-traveller this trip. I still have 2 more hours here, hoping I don”t get routed to Singapore or New Zealand within the next 2 hrs. Ha,ha,ha
It is now 4pm in Brussels..
..And my flight to Delhi leaves at 5pm. Will need to make thru customs in time at Delhi to catch my Chennai flight at 2:30pm to Coimbatore. If I don’t make it on time to the connecting flt, my next flight to Coimbatore is at 7:25pm. Hoping to hit my bed in Coimbatore on Sunday night at the least. But all in all it has been an interesting few months since Sep , but one that I would not care to repeat. Will update next from Delhi.
It is now 10:10am at Delhi
.. My Chennai flt was to be at 10:30 am, but there is no one at the gate yet. There was zero visibility due to fog at Delhi while landing. Fog seems to be causing more delay. I am not sure if I will make it to the 2:30 flt to Coimbatore, keeping my fingers crossed. Rest after reaching Chennai
It is 6pm in Chennai and ..
I did miss my 2:10 flt to Coimbatore. Next choice was 7:15pm but it is totally FULL. So they put me into a Kingfisher flight also leaving at 7:25pm. I WILL sleep in my parents house tonight, yeahhhh!! Thanks to you both, JMS and GB for holding my hands thru my lon…..g journey. Much appreciated! Have a lovely New Year!
My 24 hours journey back home took me 42 hours,but the joy on my parents face when they saw me... priceless and timeless!!