30.08.2016 - 31.08.2016
Tuesday 30th / Wednesday 31st
I'd set my alarm for 5.45 and groaned when it went off. I finally hauled myself out of bed, packed my suitcase for one last time, showered and left my lovely big room. I'd checked in online yesterday and been told I'd had a change of time and flight - the time change was only half an hour but the flight on my ticket said Vegas to Manchester direct - the new flights were Vegas to Philadelphia (with thankfully only a two hour stopover) and then onto Manchester.
Several people had raved about Uber while I'd been travelling and Indigo, the lady I'd been sat next to the plane from San Fran to Portland had given me a free ride code so I booked an uber to take me to the airport. It was fab, the car came in a few minutes and was only a few dollars - although really free because I used my free code voucher.
I checked in and for some reason I'd got TSA approval which meant I was fast tracked through security. Vegas airport is as mad as the ready of the city - there are slot machines all over the place! I headed for a bit of breakfast and bought a Bagel with egg and cheese, it was disgusting! When I checked my ticket it said business class on it so I was one of the first on the plane...... I it turns out that I wasn't actually in business class but the row behind - how mean is that - so near yet so far!! I did get on the plane first though and I got extra leg room - so that's a bonus! I did ask the air stewards why my ticket said business class when I wasn't and they didn't know saying it might have been a printing error! The flight from Vegas was alright and I slept through most of it. I was pretty pleased I only had a short layover in philli this time, I was ready for home now. I headed to find some food and found a place called Saladworks where you could create your own salad - I had a bowl of pasta, olives, mushrooms, sweet corn, tomatoes and onion - it was huge and I couldn't finish it. I had a grand total of $10 in my purse so I found a place for one last glass of wine (telling the barman that I didn't mind which wine I had so long as it cost less than a tenner!!)
Back on the plane, cos my flights had changed I didn't get chance to choose my own seat - where I always choose a window seat - and I was sat in the Central bit bit was on the front row so had the extra leg again. The plane journey was absolutely fine, I watched Money Monsters with George Clooney and Julia Roberts which was a lot better than I was expecting it to be, slept a bit, had cheese Tortellini and one (more) glass of wine and then watched a documentary abut the vanderbilts which was very interesting but I missed the end cos we landed.
Manchester airport was ok for a change and I got to go through the electronic security check which saved loads of time. My bag was also the first bag off the belt also for a change. APH were excellent as ever in coming to pick me up to take me to the car park. First thing I needed to do was fill up my car with petrol as I'd left it running on fumes, then off I scoot over Woodhead home. Mum and dad are waiting for me at mine with the kettle on for my first proper coffee - Dowe Egberts - mmmmmm! The moggies have got the face on with me for leaving them! Paula and Lauren pop down later and then I unpack and get ready to bed, I have to get up for work in the morning (very bad planning on my part!!).
I've had the most amazing holiday, I love America and definitely want to see more. the post holiday blues start kicking in, time to start thinking about where my next adventure will take me..........!