My first British experience ;-)
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Ok! I know I got up at 4:30am, but Iâ€™m not really in a bad mood!!! Nevertheless from my few hours experience here in Standsted, I canâ€™t say anything nice about the local hospitality and, letâ€™s say, British humourâ€¦ only spoke with 4 guys here and 2 of them were particularly unkind a third fond it really hard to understand me and the last one, younger and more nice just gave me a completely useless information!!! The problem seem to be with attitude and apparently got nothing to do with foreigners, has the lady who went before me at the information desk point, who seemed to me very British, got the same treatment! The lady at the information desk even manage to say â€śgood morningâ€ť in the beginning and â€śthank youâ€ť at the end of each attendance, but with a tone and rough speech that you donâ€™t dare to put any more questions ;-)
The arrival here, late at night, didnâ€™t went as wanted, as my bag arrived a little too broken! But at 1:00am with the need to wake at 4.30am and the hotel already paid for, you donâ€™t have much time to go complain about a broken bag, lucky them!!!
By that time we need to check-in at the hotel, directly connect to the airport, but to fulfilled my partner wish to sleep this night, didnâ€™t have many alternatives, so we stay at a 4 star Radisson SAS hotel, everything booked up on internet, seemed to be ok, wasnâ€™t for the fact that we had to pay an extra
Spend the night in a crowded room with two other guysâ€¦ not quite used to it, since my army days!!! But a nice comfortable room at a very modern stylish hotel with free internet accessâ€¦ at that late I still went to check my mail!!!
So, here am I sitting by a publicity board looking through the glassy wall of the Airport faĂ§ade seeing the reddish dawn of day (that we also call
Time to head for check-in for the Norwegian flight! Surprisingly our flight appears at the information board but without a check-in desk number. So we and some people wait there for it to show upâ€¦ time passes and I start to wonder why the hell it never come out. Decided to take a walk and start looking for some check-in desk with the Norwegian logo on itâ€¦ when I got closer to the two ones that have that logo the lady in one of the desks started to ask the people on a huge cue line to place themselves on the other 2 desks on side (which had the logo of some German airline)â€¦ it seemed that a lot of people already knew about that lack of info at the board, cause they were already on the cue to a check-in desk that said Bergen!!! Ok, we were heading to TromsĂ¸, thatâ€™s in the same country, and the check-in desk was from the German Wings (or something like that didnâ€™t write it back then), thatâ€™s in the same continent, no problemâ€¦ after all when we were already in line, after some time, it finally appears in the information board the number of the check-in desk to TromsĂ¸!!! Yeahâ€¦ and bingo it went on the
Ok, letâ€™s take-off our shoes and get to the planeâ€¦ I must remember this - always try to avoid English airports, especially when wearing trekking boots, like I did, really annoying :-(