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Well, heading North was my intent at least. To be entirely honest, I left Heathrow without any clue whatsoever as to where I was going. Without GPS I was left lost and alone in a foreign land where almost nobody spoke English. Okay, they all spoke English, but they refer to soccer as football over there so things could go haywire in an instead if I didn’t watch out.
As I departed the airport I fell back on my oft used technique to get myself out of any jam – follow the crowd. It works maybe 74% of the time. Wherever the most amount of cars seem to be heading – I will head there too. At the very least you should end up somewhere safe (and maybe fun). Amazingly enough the strategy worked as I got out of Heathrow and ended up heading North on the Msomething…….M1? I think that was it….
Regardless I was on my way!
Now, as I mentioned in my earlier post, that was just the beginning of my disastrous trip over to the UK. I actually reached Huntingdon fairly easily, but from there I spent about 3 hours driving around in circles trying to find the Marriott. And Huntingdon is not that big.
So, you may be wondering, “Ronniedigital, what was your first impression of Huntingdon?”
It was something like, “holy Mary-Mother-of-God, these roads, what’s wrong with these roads? They’re clearly one way, but cars are going both ways……Why are cars parked in so many different directions? Why are they parked in the street on a road that is not wide enough for two cars as it is? Why is this car so effing big? Oh, how cute, a fox. Is it British? I bet it is. Shit this road is too small. I need a smaller car!!! WWJD!”
After three hours of this and two stops at a Tesco, multiple stops to ask for directions, and having passed some locations up to 48 times I finally made it to the Marriott (by accident). I also ran a red light at one point, and entered almost every roundabout in the wrong lane.
Yeah, that sums it up. A disaster.
But wait, there’s more. After my extremely exhausting trip I went to check into the Marriott and just as I arrive the power goes off. This delays the check-in process slightly, but soon enough I was up and sleeping in my room.
Or so it seemed. 😦
About an hour into my stay someone entered my room using THEIR key car and quickly snuck out after realizing the room was occupied. Although this was a bit unsettling, I was too tired to bother with details, and went back to trying to nap. After about another hour a nice man in a suit also entered and came in far enough to say hello and apologize for interrupting my nap. I then went downstairs and asked the front desk to cease and desist from sending strangers into my room. Apparently due to the power outage they couldn’t log the key card in, or something like that, and decided the best tactic was to have everyone just check in to my room.
I think I have been through Virginia before, but I think this was my first trip where I stayed for an extended period of time (five days).
Five thoughts on my trip:
2. In spite of leaving NUMEROUS notes on the desk requesting additional pens, the cleaning people refused to leave me more pens. I know they saw the note as well because they would move the notepad each day. What’s so hard about providing a pen collector an extra pen or two? I hope they know how much their refusal effected their tip.
3. Eating Cheerios out of a coffee cup is much easier than I ever figured it would be. Although that didn’t stop me from spilling most of them on the floor – the cleaning people tended to miss most of them, which was a tad disappointing.
Note: This would not have had an impact on their tip though.
4. Richmond has an odd smell to it – not sure where it comes from, but they need to address that issue.
5. Gas is insanely cheap in VA, and so are cigarettes. Two great reasons to move to VA – although their state motto is a little creepy and is one huge reason not to move to VA.
Overall it was a nice trip, I did miss a Syracuse game on Thursday though which may have marked the first time I missed a game in about a decade. I cried a little that night – I’m not sure I was ever more disappointed in myself, but I will try to make up for it going forward by watching the rest of the games twice.