Heathrow - Munich - San Francisco
26.02.2007 - 26.02.2007 15 °C
The days are going way too quickly. Day 27 Already!?!?
Well actually it's day 30 now... but I'm writing about getting here... which was a couple of days ago.. hmm... too much detail?
We changed some of the dates of our trip. We didn't think we would get much from London in only a few days. Besides spending the pound for much longer could sap us dry. Our tickets are semi-flexible, we can change the dates and times. But are not allowed to change the route. We took a cheap flight from Manchester to Heathrow. (It was about a quarter of the price of the train, btw)
We stayed at the McDonalds of hotels 'Premier Travel Inn Heathrow' (enough said - I could rant about the terrible food, the red flashing lights on the smoke alarm that was apparently 'normal operation' or even how bookings.com doesn't advertise the true prices that they 'discount', but I wont).
So we leave the Hotel about 8am, then freak out for a while as our flight is delayed. Eventually we fly to Munich at midday, transferring planes with enough time to stock up on large quantities of duty free cigarettes and Daim Bars, check my gmail on my 3G phone (as any nerd would) and then get straight on the plane to San Francisco (12hr flight!).
Side note: I have a mate who runs GlobalFreeLoaders.com (a network of people who can crash at other peoples places all over the world for free)
Funny coincidence: Just as I was leaving Munich I received a GlobalFreeLoaders request from a person in Munich wanting to stay with us in Australia. (We won't be there so it ain't going to happen, haha)
Stupidity: we've been all over the place and haven't yet considered trying this service for our selves.
We arrived in San Francisco and were delighted to be picked up at the airport by Josh and Kerry. Previously we had only known them as JMan and MrsJMan from the Gomez Forums. Having never met us before it's a very nice thing to have done for us. They brought us some maps, umbrella and a pre-paid local cell phone to borrow. How cool is that! What an excellent introduction to SF.
Although only 8pm in us the US, our body clocks said it was about 3am. Josh and Kerry could probably see our eyes rolling back in our heads. They graciously dropped us at our hotel and we were 'home'! Almost 24 hours spent just getting from A to B... and very glad to have made it to the place where sleep happens