The complicated way to get home...
Trip Start Aug 16, 2004
133Trip End Aug 13, 2005
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Well BA also put us up in a hotel and gave us free dinner and breakfast the next day so we weren't particularly unhappy, and had a very nice sleep and feed at the hotel. The next day, Friday, we checked out of the hotel and went back to JFK airport. We spoke to the Ground Transportation people and they booked us seats on a different shuttle to Newark. This one went into New York first and then after changing buses we went to Newark. We arrived at Newark at around 2pm and tried to check in. Unfortunately they wouldn't accept our stamped tickets and this is when I hit panic mode. After nearly hperventilating I sat with the luggage whilst Graham went to the BA terminal to get our tickets written out so that Continental could accept them. after about 30 mins Graham reappeared and we checked in
In the airport are these scanning machines that when you leave USA you must scan your passport and give your fingerprints again so that they know you have left. Don't forget to do this as you will get a warning letter or a fine or something.
A couple of hours later we met up with my uncle and cousins and although boarding was late we were eventually on the plane, and departing from the gate. Then we sat in the plane for over an hour not going anywhere. Apparently this was due to a storm but this was when I really thought they were going to tell us to get off the plane and go home. Well eventually we took off, 90 minutes late, and arrived at Birmingham at 8:30 ish the next morning. Managed to get out of the airport within 40 mins and luckily my parents and brother were there to pick us all up.
Once back home there was no time to spare. It was a quick shower and change and then we were picked up by Andy and Fliss to go to the church. I don't know how we did it but after having no sleep on the plane, we both managed to stay awake all through the ceremony and reception and even had the energy to dance! It was a really enjoyable wedding celebration and now Jill and Paul are on their Round The World trip. You can check out their travelpod here.