I have spent the entire morning online and on the phone, arranging a visit to UK to see Sally and family. Airline and Train sites make it appallingly difficult to make a do-able booking. For a start, I usually fly from Rennes a couple of hours drive away to Newcastle, with a brief halt at Southampton, doing the whole thing in about 6 hours with minimum hassle. No more. Flybe wanted me to spend a night in Southampton each way. No dice.
Another route involved three different airlines, with consequent co-ordination problems and inflated price. No dice.
Hours of research and telephone calls with daughter, and I have found a flight from Deauville to Birmingham, onward by train. Flight time is too early to do the same thing in reverse on the way home, so Sally will drive me from Northumberland to Birmingham.
Having at last sorted flights and train, the time came to pay. This took two hours, of faffing about, changing cards, swearing, re-entering details umpteen times, before I had confirmations. And they try to tell us that booking online is easy!
This post was supposed to be for Sally’s wild challenge (I really was wild!), but in the spirit of the challenge, here’s a little senryu.
My wild childhood
exploring, imagining, doing–
the best way to learn