A Fortnight in England
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Brother-in-law Byron and his wife Sheila invite us for a week in October at their home in Epsom. Coincidentally I mention our plans at our memoir writing group, and Hilary offers us her cottage in Lenham, Kent for another week. How can we ignore such generosity? Our perennial companion Cecilia will join us as well as sister-in-law Margarita. We hope for good weather.
Fares are much more than we had bargained for. We eventually bag a flight on United Airlines for US$ 223.00. Very reasonable. The problem is that with surcharges, taxes, fees, bribes, kickbacks, etc. totalling US$ 664.17, our final payment for the ticket is US$ 887.17. That's more than we paid to go to Turkey last year.
Just before departure, Michael, Charlotte and Elle elect to join us for the last week. Charlotte's friend Melissa Wilson also decides to come along. Is it me or the destination encouraging all these people?
As a portentous start to our holiday, United weighs in my suitcase at four pounds over the weight allowance and wants to charge me an additional US$ 200.00. In spite of the fact that Miryam's suitcase is ten pounds under the weight allowance, I still have to transfer articles from one suitcase to the other. Duh!