Charles Junior picked us up at DIA last evening after our looong flight from Heathrow. We are 7 hours behind London so our sleep patterns will take awhile to adjust. I awoke at 6:30 am London time and went to bed at 8:30pm Denver time without sleeping on the plane. (Unable to do so) so I was awake for about 22 hours. Then……… I woke up at 2:30 am Denver time, can’t sleep so I decided to write this post.
Since we have no idea when or if we will return to London, yesterday we splurged and took a traditional taxi from our hotel to Heathrow. In talking with the taxi driver, he said that up until 10 years ago, driving a London taxi was a great job, but with the new technology, (GPS’s, Uber) it has had a big effect on the industry.
Arriving at customs has gone even further in technology. (????) Now when the plane unloads, you have to stand in a queue to go to one of the dozens of kiosks. It requires you to answer questions, takes a horrible facial photo, then spits out a ticket that enables you to go stand in another long queue. There you have your passport stamped by a human. You pick up your baggage, then go through another gate that has two humans that look at your passport and collect the tickets that the kiosk issued. At least the kiosks don’t reflect human emotions (yet). I felt rather bad for a party of five (from Europe) who were trying to go through the line to have their passports stamped and had not gone through the kiosks ritual. A very grumpy older woman was trying to explain ( not very effectively) that because they had NOT gone through the kiosks ritual, they would have to go stand in the extremely long queue off to the left. They were having a difficult time understanding her and she was becoming more flustered by the minute. The group finally understood her meaning but not before making some dour faces to express their feelings at her welcoming attitude. We were behind this party so were able to understand the impact of how they must have felt, after a long flight, to be met by a human who was having a problem in the art of patience.
Alie was happy to see us even though we awoke her from her bedtime sleep.
Over the next week or so, I will add pictures taken on my iPhone or that Charles took with his camera of our trip. It should be a little easier to do so on the computer than the app on my iPhone……..see you around😉