Back!

Sep. 23rd, 2010 10:05 am
glitterburn: (Default)
I am back from China and the insane 37 degree heat and crippling humidity!

Lots to tell, but have to get some work done first, then wade through LJ over the weekend, so more later when the jetlag has worn off.
glitterburn: (Default)
Not going to China.

Since only the outward flight was affected by the ash, we could go out on Tuesday and come back a week later. To maintain our original two-week holiday, we would have to pay £1200 for another flight back. So I've cancelled the trip. No point in starting again as it's £1000 or more to fly for the rest of this month, and about £850 in the first week of May. I'm out of money and out of time, so not going.

Mum will still go.

***

Climbed Mt Snowdon yesterday. Scattered Dad's ashes. He wanted to be 'all over' Snowdon so he's up at Clogwyn, in the Llanberis Pass, and at various points on the mountain up from the Snowdon Ranger. We also went to Aberdesach, Dinas Dinlle, Caernarfon, and Llancybi.

Emotionally and physically exhausted now. I really need a holiday. Is it July yet?
glitterburn: (Cao Cao is in pain)
The airline has advised passengers not to rebook until air space re-opens. Looks like things are improving though, so I'm going to try and get us on a plane in two weeks' time. After that I'm pretty much screwed though Mum could go on her own, so fingers crossed the volcano doesn't start spewing again.

Rather than waste a week's holiday, we've decided to climb a high mountain and scatter Dad's ashes instead...no pun intended.
glitterburn: (Default)
We're going to have to reschedule our flights.

One of the Tarmac guys due to go out next week from head office is on a ferry to France, will take a train into Spain, and will fly via Dubai into Beijing. What a rigmarole! Mum and I have some degree of flexibility within the confines of the visa, so we might not be leaving until next weekend or even the weekend after that.

I don't deal very well with 'waiting'. After everything that's happened/is still ongoing this year, I really needed this holiday. But at least we're not amongst the millions of poor sods stranded at airports or stuck in foreign climes unable to get home. And thank God I persuaded Mum to fly from Bham and not London.
glitterburn: (Zhuge Liang)
STOP ERUPTING, EYJAFJALLAJOEKULL GLACIER VOLCANO!

ASH CLOUD - PLZ BE BLOWING AWAY BY MONDAY KTHXBYE
glitterburn: (Beer!)
...I finally got my passport back from the Chinese embassy after the Saturday postman sent it to the depot, who pissed about with the re-delivery. Anyway it's here now - and I have a Chinese visa in it, so...

I AM GOING TO CHINA!!!



Admittedly I am accompanying my mother on a 20-hour journey (not looking forward to this bit) via Zurich for reasons of saving cash, and I will be sleeping in the hall of Richard's apartment for the duration of my visit, but I am going to China!

HANGZHOU. OMG I will see Hangzhou again. So excited.

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