I left Sean's at 01.40 & arrived at the Purple Parking depot around 03.10. Patchy fog challenged my drive for most of the trip, very dense in areas, reducing visibility down to about 20 meters at times! Not a good thing on an extremely tight winding road! I'm glad to have good tyres on my car - mental note made to stick with the brand & type (Pirelli 6000's incase you're interested).
I went through the car photo booth, waited the obligatory 7 seconds for the banks of cameras to do ther business then drove up to the reception booth and booked my car in. Debussed my bags, waited about 30 minutes for my coach, then another 15 while sitting in the coach before we finally left for terminals 4 & 5 (my flight was from term 5 at 06.30).
Arrive at the airports terminal 5 at 04.15, baggage check in, security & passport control - straight through, no dramas at all, for a change! Think I'm getting the hang of this travel malarkey...
Had a chat with one if the cleaning technicians about working night shifts, overtime, flights & football (all-be-it the football conversation was a very short, one sides affair - I don't do footy!) then he pointed me in the direction of a charging station & went on his way, his shift was over in 10 minutes & he looked a mess! Long night for him I think - which reminds me, in 2 1/2 hours I would've been awake for 24 hours!! Better sleep on the flight from Amsterdam to Johannesburg!
I'm drinking fluids in a big way, feeling slightly dehydrated & I haven't left the UK yet! How am I going to feel once I hit the African Continent - during South Africa's 'suicide month'!
06.47 - my flight left 17 minutes ago... Well, it was supposed to if it wasn't due to heavy fog in Amsterdam making the landing of the plane there too dangerous! So, it's delayed until further notice, up to 3-4 hours according to the pilot. The BIG problem is my flight to JHB leaves Amsterdam at 10.20, which is 1hr20min after the 06.30 flight was scheduled to land, so a delay of an hour means I miss my connecting flight, unless they delay that too then fly like a bat out of hell to get us back on line. Lets hope they delay the SA flight!
Okay, boarded the aircraft, time 07.30, hours delay but we're only cleared to take off at 08.00. Arriving Amsterdam at 10.30, my connecting flight leaves at 10.20 but it should also be delayed so I'm hoping I can catch that in time.
What a start huh ...