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Coming Home

Taxi, train, plane, car - HOME

98 °F

On Sunday, Mom and I got up at 5:45am (after going to bed about 11:45pm the night before). We did the final packing and got downstairs about 6:30am.

So here's a quick summary of our travel home -

6:30am - Taxi picks us up

6:45am - Taxi drops us off at train station (cabbie was nice - he said I could have had him drive us to Gatwick for same price as I had already pre-paid for the train tickets - oh well - kids were looking forward to another train ride and I didn't really want to be in a taxi for 35 minutes so it was just as well) [we had just missed the 6:45 train so had to wait for the 7:04am train].

7:04am - depart on train to Gatwick (in first class - which means about 8pounds more total for 4 of us more to sit in a closed off area so that Mom didn't have to worry about kids disturbing other passengers)

7:41am - arrive at Gatwick airport

8:40am - clear security and get to gate area

9:40am - time plane supposed to land - but it is delayed b/c plane was delayed on arriving

10:15am - board plane (this time sitting 2 x 2 which was much better than all 4 of us across on the way over)

10:40am - take off

6:30pm (1:30 EDT) - arrive in Charlotte (no one really sleeps on plane except for Elaina who takes 2 one-hour naps - Allan Michael watches 3&1/2 movies on the way back (Simpsons, Avatar, Shrek and Mr. Fox).

7:30pm (2:30 EDT) - we clear customs and finally have all our bags (mine was literally one of the last ones on belt).

8:00pm (3:00 EDT) - get in car and start heading to Cary (almost die from the heat as we are not used to the 98+ degree weather!!).

8:45pm (3:45 EDT) - still trying to get out of Charlotte - took us 30 minutes to drive 6 miles b/c of construction and wreck on OTHER SIDE OF INTERSTATE!!!!

11:00pm (6:00 EDT) - arrive in Cary

~12:00midnight (7:00 EDT) - Mom arrives in Benson

12:30am (7:30 EDT) - Kids and I go to bed

On Monday - kids started back to school - Elaina 1st grade and Allan Michael 2nd grade.

So - now we have to adjust back to the normal routine.

Hope you've enjoyed the chronicles of our adventures in London and Brighton.

Will blog again on the next big trip.


Posted by agilsenan 18:20 Archived in England Tagged family_travel

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