Ceuta and the 36 hour nightmare!
Trip Start Dec 17, 2005
5Trip End Dec 23, 2005
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I originally planned on going from Ceuta to Malaga via ferry but apparently no ferries went during winter (thanks for not telling me that, Lonely Planet!). In fact, the weather was bad enough to cancel all ferries scheduled for travel to and from Algeciras. I had booked a night's accommodation in Malaga and not Ceuta, so I spent the night on the floor of the ferry terminal (note: I don't sleep well, if at all, on hard floors).
Friday morning comes around and so too do hundreds of stranded travellers. We're told that there's a ferry leaving at 11am, and there's a huge rush to get tickets. A friend and I start queueing to board at 9am, and it isn't until 2pm that we actually get onto the ferry! My flight leaves Malaga at 8:50pm, so I need to be there at around 7pm
I arrive at the airport at 7pm, well chuffed that I had made it on time and check in, only to find out 30 minutes later that the flight has been delayed until 10:15pm! Eventually the plane leaves and I land at Gatwick airport. Unfortunately, there are no more trains going to Balham (my local station), so I have to take two trains to Clapham junction and then a taxi from there to my place.
All in all, not a pleasant experience coming back from Morocco. For those planning on going, make sure you leave plenty of time between when you're thinking of taking the ferry and when you actually fly out!