Saturday, July 27, 2013
Happy Birthday Lisa! We started off our day at the farmer’s market one last time. Lisa got a burger for breakfast and was shocked she was eating it at 10 a.m. until she noticed I grabbed a steak. It was so delicious. They literally cooked it right in front of us, spiced it up, and served it so fresh. Lisa, Maddy, Katie B., and I are traveling together so we said goodbye to Jackie and Riley and packed up our last minute things. We headed to the bus stop for the airport with our heavy bags. The stop was all the way down the street, past our train stop. Or so we thought…we hiked all the way there, missed the first bus by a minute, got on the second one a little later and passed the stop closer to our dorm. We were mad but at least we got on with all of our luggage because by that stop there was no more room.
We arrived at the Prague airport with plenty of time and then our flight got delayed. There was a cute kid riding on top of all his luggage. Maddy and I were laughing so hard and then he got super shy and hid under his hat. Our delay was only half an hour so we arrived in London with time to spare. All four of us got on the plane and we took off smoothly. Until…we heard an announcement over the intercom, “this is the captain speaking and we have noticed a strange odor in the cabin. We need to turn around and touch down in Dublin so we can get it checked out.” You could hear the agony throughout the entire plane. We sat in the plane for another two hours before they told us we would be staying in Dublin for the night. There were firetrucks and police cars surrounding our tapped off plane. American Airlines told us we would probably get a flight out tomorrow.
They put us up in this very nice hotel. It was a country club and had an awesome bar downstairs. We were given food vouchers as well so that helped a lot. By 1 a.m. we still had no idea when we would be leaving so Maddy and I decided to grab a drink. I got a Guinness and she tried some Irish whiskey. It was really good. We also got some Irish cider. They fill all the drinks to the brim here so at least we have gotten our money’s worth. There were two weddings at the hotel so we got to talk to the brides for a little. When we were ordering our drinks, a woman came up to us and asked us if we were “in the queue.” I love the slang the Irish and English people use. I think it’s so funny! We hung out down here for a while and then asked the front desk at 4 a.m. what the deal with the flight was. They told us we were going to leave at 5:15 but actually plans fell through and they still don’t know. We had to call at 7 to check again.