Last week from Wednesday to Saturday saw me in London visiting my UK office to deal with some problems there. The work portion of my London trip went well, but everything around it didn’t.
The problems started with me getting airsick for the first time ever on the flight to London. It was a rather unpleasant flight further heightened by the fact that the drinkable water tank on our plane froze overnight and they could not defrost it, therefore all hot drinks were unavailable as was the water in the toilets.
Then I went to check into my hotel and was told that they might not have a room for me due to renovations, but they would know for sure later on that afternoon. When I went back to the hotel, it turned out they did not have a room and I would have a trek across London to a different hotel for the night and return the next day to check in. The hotel I ended up staying in was quite nice, but room service, ordered due to my extreme tiredness, took over a hour to turn up and I flooded the bathroom whilst showering.
The next evening when I went to check into my original hotel, there was actually a room and they offered me an upgrade to apologise for the inconvenience of having to change hotels for the night. However, the offer of an upgrade was followed up with ‘but it will cost you £20 extra a night, but that is our cheap rate’. I’m sorry, but offering an upgrade you have to pay for is not an apology, it’s an upsell. The room I ended up getting was extremely small to the point where you needed to open the bathroom door to have enough room to dry yourself off after a shower.
I ran late to everywhere I needed to be and I didn’t have enough time to go shopping for my beloved hot cross buns. However, not everything was bad. I managed to find time to have a gorgeous sushi dinner with my long-time friend Sarah and I had porridge every morning for breakfast (oh porridge, I do miss you). Also I had Mexican, twice! and a meat pie, mash potato and gravy for lunch one day. Oh yes, it’s all about the food.
Also, I saw this sign and it made me laugh, which was exactly what I needed after the crap I went through.
I’m hoping my next trip to London will be less full of bad luck and work and more full of awesomeness and fun times.