a long boring night
04.01.2012 - 05.01.2012 7 °C
Yesterday we spent a good part of the day getting to Heathrow Airport.
My father in law took us from his place in Llanadog yesterday morning to Swansea. we started by dropping my sister in law at the rail station, because she had an earlier train, then we did a quick bit of shopping and had lunch. Back to the station for our 3.00 pm train to Heathrow.
Swansea to Cardiff; Cardiff to Reading; Reading to Halsey; Halsey to Heathrow.
We arrived at Heathrow at about 7.30 pm. This gave us enough time to have some dinner and then find a nice hard bench (with lots of handles - so no lying down) so we could settle in and wait until early morning when we needed to check in.
I found Heathrow quite interesting. Around 10.00 O'clock it became almost deserted, except for a few staff and people like us trying to sleep on uncomfortable chairs while we all waited until this morning.
However, at about 11.30 the airport became quite busy - not with airline staff, but with service staff. The cleaners arrived and started sweeping, mopping and driving around big cleaning machines. The services people arrived with aluminium ladders (amazing how load they can be to put up) to take down the Christmas decorations. Various construction people arrived to do things which required lots of banging.
At midnight, people started arriving to settle in for the wait. I'm assuming that it's to do with the last trains and buses that arrive at Heathrow.
In all the airport seemed quite busy and noisy until about 2.00 am when it became very quiet again. Around 4.00 all the airline staff started arriving and around 4.30 started checking in passengers.
WE got our luggage checked in by about 5.00, had breakfast at about 5.30 and are now we're in the departure area waiting to find out what gate we have to go to for our 8.50 am flight to Frankfurt, which connects with our flight to New York.