Stop seven - home

Trip Start May 24, 2006
Trip End Aug 02, 2006

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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

I'm home now. I was travelling about thirty hours straight.

(local times listed)
19:30 - left Kaarst (+1 GMT) by car with Kristina
20:20 - arrive Weeze airport
22:00 - Ryanair flight Weeze - Stansted (1 hour)
22:20 - Ryanair flight arrives - go through immigration and customs
23:00 - Terravision bus to Liverpool St.
00:10 - arrive Liverpool St. take City & Hammersmith (pink) line to Paddington
00:30 - arrive at Paddington to discover that Heathrow express is not open until morning
01:10 - take 27 bus after studying bus maps how to get to Heathrow for a half hour
01:40 - arrive at Olympia station in Kensington
02:00 - take N9 bus toward Heathrow
03:00 - arrive at Heathrow central
05:00 - terminal opens
06:30 - British Airways flight Heathrow - Manchester (30 minutes)
07:20 - British Airways flight arrives
10:00 - British Airways flight Manchester - JFK (8 hours)
12:20 - British Airways flight arrives - go throuh immigration and customs
13:05 - NY Airport Services shuttle bus to Port Authority
14:10 - arrive at Port Authority
15:00 - Peter Pan bus NY Port Authority to Philly Market East
17:00 - arrive Philly Market East
17:10 - RR2 to Chester Transport Center
18:10 - 118 Chester to Brookhaven and Morris
18:35 - walk five blocks to my place (-5 GMT).

It was tiring to get home. When I got to Paddington, I was disappointed but not surprised. I was just a bit sad that I hadn't taken the underground straight to Heathrow instead of taking the pink line. Nonetheless, it wasted good time and it kept me awake. Sleeping in airports is not safe for someone's possessions. Luckily at the bus stop near Paddington I was able to read the map and find out all about night buses. There was also a Budgens open nearby to get some water. I just read which night bus goes to Heathrow and then looked at similar stops that were on the same line: most Kensington stops, Hammersmith and Trafalgar Square. It was pretty amazing how I was able to navigate that map and got to Heathrow. Usually with public transport, you have to ask to figure out how to get somewhere - especially when it requires a few transfers. But I figured it out by myself. After that it was clear sailing back home. I tried to go to bed for a long time to catch up on sleep. I'd only had 5 hrs on Monday and sporadic 2 hrs during travels. But I actually woke up about 6 am and tried really hard to go back to sleep. Now I'm alright.
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