Does anyone actually win those big competition prizes? You know the ones...the new car, a world trip? I didn't think so either, until I actually won a trip to Ireland courtesy of Tourism Ireland NZ.
My name is Paddy, I'm from New Zealand & I'd like to invite you to follow me on my 2012 month long journey around the island of Ireland & and my many other musings, as I continue my love affair with this beautiful place.
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Panic! I've lost a day somewhere!
By chance I overheard a phone conversation my English Mum was having when I heard her say that the 1st March was on Thursday.My ears pricked up at this because I was sure the 1st was on Friday.When I realized how wrong I was, I went in to panic mode.Not only could I not go out with friends to a comedy show we’d booked in Canterbury this evening, I had to get myself to Chislehurst to catch up with friends, then get myself to my hotel at Gatwick Airport TONIGHT! I was flying to Dublin tomorrow morning, NOT Friday morning as I had assumed.
Had I not been eavesdropping on my English Mum’s conversation, I’d have woken up tomorrow morning, blissfully unaware that I was supposed to be on Ryanair FR113 to Dublin.
Arrangement were hastily made & thankfully, my friends were able to collect me and drive me to Chiselhurst where I spent a lovely 8 hours with my friends, before being dropped off at Gatwick Airport to spend a night a ‘Yotel’
My Yotel Room
A Yotel? I hear you say.Tucked away in the South terminal of Gatwick Airport, I settled into a 98 square feet ‘pod’, equipped with bed, shower & toilet.
Who says bigger is better? It was the perfect solution for staying somewhere handy to the airport so as to catch my early morning flight to Ireland.The conceptof this space-saving capsule hotel originated in Japan.
In the morning I literally walked out of the elevator & across the forecourt to the Departure Check-in.