Thursday, 31 October 2013
It's Thursday evening (Ah Thankful Thursday! I nearly forgot) and I am pleased to say that I am now ensconced in Anna's in Bishopbriggs. I usually say Glasgow because anyone outside of Scotland is very unlikely to know where Bishopbriggs is.
I pass through quite a lot of security checks in my travels and in the past the one I dreaded most has not been LA (bad though that may have been for staff incivility) but Stornoway where the level of incivility by the security staff had been taken to an artform. So today I was pleasantly surprised to see that the staff were pleasant and efficient. I was also surprised to be tested for banned substances. I can't ever recall being tested for banned substances anywhere else in the world on my way into a flight (come to think of it I've never been tested on the way out either). It's a good job they didn't test my money because two customs officer friends have told me that a high percentage of high value notes are contaminated.
The flight from Stornoway to Glasgow was bumpy to say the least. Not everyone survived unaffected! The chap next to me and I regaled each other with personal tales of travel incidents we'd had and took our minds off things. We also had a good rapport going with the stewardess who was wondering why she did the job on flights like that and was glad it was the end of her day! We also had a laugh when it came to disembarking: the plane had to be emptied from the rear because it was rear heavy and could have tipped up if they’s emptied the front first! We were the small ones at the front!
So today I'm very thankful to have had such an enjoyable first leg of my journey to NZ. Three sleeps here and then the Big Flight.