Oct 22, 2005
Once we had reunited we headed over to the Europcar office to sort out the hire car
. Although Glenys and David had picked up the car the day before, Europcar would not allow them to add Rick as a driver without seeing him in person. After standing in line for another half an hour we finalised everything, jumped in the car and headed for the exit. At the boom gate the attendant asked to see a piece of paper, handing him the pile of papers we had received inside he flicked through insisting it was not there, made us pull out of the queue and go back inside to the office. Rick quickly ran in and returned with the missing piece and we rejoined the exit queue. When we reached the guy again he checked the paper, laughed and told us the license plate number on the paper did not match the car; they'd made a mistake inside. Once again we had to pull out of the line and return to the office. This time the manager personally came out with the required sheet and handed it to the guy and we were finally on our way to Bath.
As it was not too far out of the way we dropped in on Keith and Katherine, distant relatives of Rick's family. Rick's parents had stayed there the previous night and raved about how nice the house and property was. They were right as the place is exactly what you would picture a traditional English property to be like. Beautiful! After a quick hello and tour of the property we headed off to Bath again and finally made it to our room for the night at the Bath YMCA. Finally time for a well deserved sleep and an introduction to hostel life for Rick's parents.
Back at the crazy Dubai hostel they now had no beds available for our last night; typical! They wouldn't let us book for three nights so they filled up and we had no where to go. We were sick of the weird strange people there anyway so we headed to the airport to spend the night, waiting for our flight back to the UK. Luckily the airport had free wireless Internet access so we spent the night getting the blog up to date and doing all the other stuff we hadn't had a chance to do online. Catching our early flight to London, it was uneventful, but we did have to sit on the tarmac at a busy Heathrow for half an hour. Eventually we made it through customs and met Rick's Mum and Dad who we hadn't seen since leaving Australia nine months ago. They had been traveling around Northern Europe for the last three weeks and had met up with us to tour Scotland.