Saying goodbye the Virgin way!

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I could sit at the terrace all day

I woke up at 7am, had breakfast and planned on going for an early morning walk. I wasn't going to be showering in the hostel, I'd rather do it in the lounge. As I was leaving, I saw the Merc E Series that was going to pick me up pull in and park. The driver had arrived 30 minutes early! He also asked if he could use the washroom, so I let him in. I told him that I had some thing to attend to, and that I'd be back at 930a, the time I'd asked for the pickup anyway!

I walked up to Gloucester Road, turned back and walked towards the Pret at the Earls Court tube stop to grab a coconut hot chocolate before returning to the hostel. Got my luggage, got in the car and the driver and I were talking Bollywood. He wasn't aware of the existence of the Upper Class checkin wing at LHR, but he did sound very surprised that I was flying premium.

There's our bird, taking me home to Seattle

On arrival at the welcome door, they checked in my luggage. Once I was done with security, I headed to the VAT office and pulled out everything I bought (a good 30 minutes there), and finally made my way to the lounge. I did ask when checking in if they had my Asian veg meal order and they said no (I wasn't surprised as the website was a bit clunky). I was a little worried and made sure I was going to eat well in the lounge!

The lounge was, as per, brilliant. I booked  for a free  facial and headed to shower (and I hate that "steam" thing they offer but it's still a nice touch). After my shower, I went for the 20 min facial treatment. Before this, I explained to the ground staff about how my Asian veg meal special order got missed, and if they could so kindly have lunch arranged for me at sharp noon (even  though that's when the kitchen opens up).

Appetiser was a veggie cutlet sort of thing with their brilliant passion fruit cocktail
They said they'd look into it.

So I get done with my free facial, walk back to the dining area and the staff greets me with "you're table 28". And like clockwork, they brought out the soup, main course and dessert. I was very impressed and made sure to thank them before I left. I really admire their service, given it's busy with both VS and DL customers.

After the rapido lunch, I headed to the gates for our boarding. 

The boarding finished in record time (earlier than expected), so we pushed back and surprsie surprise - took off right on dot! Never happened before in my life at LHR!

I had made my mind up to finish the American Gods Series/Season 1 so no sooner did the IFE come on, was I hooked to it. I am a bit puzzled why their IFE starts after takeoff unlike several other carriers where it starts the minute you board.

They forgot my special veggie meal order. Thankfully, veggie option on the flight was paneer curry with aubergine and coriander flavoured rice

The in-flight service was very nice. The staff kept refilling my glass courteously; and I lucked out in terms of food - even though my special meal request didn't go through, the veggie option on the menu was....Indian veg! I had some pretty sumptious bread pudding as well to close it all out. It was so filling I had to forego the cheese. The only fault I have with Virgin Atlantic is that the mid-flight kitchen doesn't stock enough. I'd like for simple chocolate and fruit instead of designer marmite flavoured crisps, etc.

But all in all, brilliant flight. I finished watching American Gods, slept for a couple of hours and woke up in time for the "afternoon service" (2nd meal service). The flight landed in Seattle nearly 30 minutes ahead of schedule! I love landing in Seattle between 3-5pm when the international terminal is quiet!

Save for the long wait at the UBER pick up point, all went well. 

It felt good back home in Seattle. But felt better reminiscing about the continuity of my stay in the UK this trip, as compared to the previous come-and-go's!

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I could sit at the terrace all day
I could sit at the terrace all day
Theres our bird, taking me home t…
There's our bird, taking me home …
Appetiser was a veggie cutlet sort…
Appetiser was a veggie cutlet sor…
They forgot my  special veggie mea…
They forgot my special veggie me…
Dessert - bread pudding
Dessert - bread pudding
2nd meal was sushi rolls  (I pic…
2nd meal was "sushi" rolls (I pi…
The bathroom at the Virgin Clubhou…
The bathroom at the Virgin Clubho…
The bathroom at the Virgin Clubhou…
The bathroom at the Virgin Clubho…
My complimentary massage setting (…
My complimentary massage setting …
Taxiing for takeoff
Taxiing for takeoff
Taxiing for takeoff - cool vintage…
Taxiing for takeoff - cool vintag…
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