Oh the joys of cancelled flights!
24.10.2008 10 °C
I received an email from Sky Europe, 'Dear passenger, blah blah, flight cancelled, blah blah' free rebook or refund...just call our offices in Slovakia(!) or your local number'. They omitted to mention that calls to the UK office cost 25p per minute.
I sent two emails protesting about having to call Slovakia or indeed pay 25p per minute to have the privilege of rescheduling a flight that was cancelled through no fault of my own. Finally I relented and phoned Slovakia having located an old iternational phone card. Lady on the other end was very nice and the call was all of 2 minutes. They had no suitable alternatives so I have asked for a refund. I am still waiting.
Soooo, I have booked a flight to Malta. My parents are delighted. I was born there many years ago, leaving when I was just 18 months old and have never returned. I am now armed with a list of really interesting places to visit, like where I was born, which is now a freight terminal, the Drs surgery, the pharmacy, the garlic field where my placenta was buried (GROSS!) etc. But I am actually really looking forward to it. For once passport control will know the birthplace listed in my passport, Kalafrana!
Having armed myself with the current Lonely Planet guide I have realised that in the four days I have there, the public transport system is going to be a real pain, having to return to Valetta every time I want to change direction. So I have hired a car. A very cheap car. You dont get much better than £10 a day do you? Now my task is to cover as much of the little island as possible and maybe even take in Gozo as I can just pop accross on the ferry. Did well with the hostel too. Booked a dorm for 9.50 Euros a night and just received an email informing me I have been upgraded to a single room, complete with ensuite bathroom, fridge, hairdryer etc plus the use of two kitchens. Whoohooo!
I leave on 1st December and so far, the weather reports are looking good. 21C on average and not raining till the day that I leave.
I think I am glad that Poland was cancelled, with its freezing cold and having to stay in the house of Amityville Horror because the lovely little rustic backpackers cancelled on me too.
Bruges has been cancelled too. We have been informed that our much awaited works day trip to the Christmas Markets is no longer to be because the day of the market has been changed, and no, we cannot even just go anyway to peer at where the market should be. All to do with Trades Descriptions Act or something. Bloody hell.
To make up for this hiccup in my plans to visit lots of Europe, I booked a day trip to Dublin for February. Ryanair were having a sale on and the return flight cost me 2p. Cost £8 to pay for it though, cheeky buggers. Still, £8.02p is not bad for a day out in another country.
As for Congo, well..not having much luck am I? But I am hanging in there, things could change. I am bloody well going even if I have to personally go out there and bang all their heads together. Parents not amused by this train of thought so if it gets really really dangerous, then I shall concede and find somewhere else to spend my 50th birthday. Any suggestions gratefully received.
I did get to Paris by the way and blog will be updated soon!