I should be in Ireland about now

Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
Trip End Jul 22, 2006

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Thursday, May 4, 2006

Well as you would know I planned a trip to Ireland with Libby, Lina, Iona and Marios about 6 weeks ago. And as you will notice, this travel log is not from Ireland so here is what happened...

On Thursday ( Oh an interesting fact about Thursday, did you know that at 1:02:03am on the 04.05.06 (ie. 1,2,3,4,5,6) will never happen again.) we left Cologne and headed for an airport called Dusseldorf Weeze. Weeze is a small town that is about 60km from Dusseldorf so I don't know how they can associate that with Dusseldorf. We caught the train at about 6:00pm and our flight was due to leave at 10:20pm. We accidentally got on the wrong train once since a girl called Nina gave us a bit of wrong information. So we had were stuck at a tiny train station for a while and decided to have a bit of fun (see the photos).

We arrived at Weeze train station but Weeze airport is only a small airport which used to be a military base. The only way to get there is by taxi or bus so we caught a taxi. We checked in at about 8:20pm with no dramas and we were waiting at the boarding gate. The Ryanair plane was late due to a technical fault earlier in the day. At 10:50 we got an announcment that the flight was cancelled. We were absolutely stumped as to why they would cancel it. Well we later found out from an irish guy that Weeze airport shuts down at 11pm due to noise pollution restrictions. If a plane can't fly out by 11pm then they cancel the flight because the airport receives a huge fine if they break the restrictions.

So Ryanair gave us 2 options. Get a refund or wait until Saturday night for another flight to Shannon. There was also the option to go to Frankfurt where another plane was leaving to go to Dublin in the morning, but we had no transport to get to Frankfurt. The trains close down at midnight and don't start again till 5am. So after a lot of discussion/arguing we decided to cancel everything and get a refund. This process took until 1am. And just to top off a fantastic birthday, our bags almost got stolen.

Marios, Iona and I decided to get some sleep in the airport while Libby and Lina decided to have a few drinks with one of the airport workers called Sebatian. Earlier in the night we were also talking to 2 German guys from Dortmund. They seemed like ok people. I awoke during my sleep to see that one of these guys was stealing our bags. A couple of them including mine were on a trolley and he decided to take this trolley. It was only that he dropped my bag that I awoke. Oh another thing, this guy was in nothing more than his underwear and a tshirt.

So I was still half asleep and I looked to where he was going. He eventually stopped so I walked up to him and asked what he was doing. I knew he could speak english but I asked him questions like did he take anything, why was he taking them and where was his friend. The strange thing was he didn't give me much of a response, just a blank look. I swear he was on drugs or something because he looked completely out of it. Anyway nothing looked like it was gone so I took the trolley back to where we were sleeping and the guy followed me. I woke up Marios and told him what happened and to keep an eye on this guy. I went upstairs to go get Libby and Lina. Iona and Libby checked their bags and nothing was gone. So then this guy started running around the airport. Throughout the morning we saw glimpses of him running around so there was definetely something wrong with him.

Libby decided to confront the 2 guys in the morning and his claim was that he doesn't remember anything that happened. I think that was a load of crapp and his friend was asleep the whole night and didn't know what had happened. This will ot soon be a birthday that I will forget!

So at bout 8am we headed back home tired and miserable. Im not sure if we are going to rebook our flights to Ireland or if we will just plan to go somewhere else.
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