We are finally home.
From our adventure in Dubai where we have been stranded for 7 days. We were at the airport all day yesterday but luckily for us a lovely member of the Emirates Ground Staff looked out for us. She got us on a flight to Gatwick but it was all very touch and go until the last minute. Never before have I been so pleased to receive three boarding passes. Everybody was the same, clutching their passes like they’d just been given Willy Wonka’s Golden ticket.
We all held our breath during the flight. It was like leaving a war zone. I have never seen a flight so full of young children and women and old people. They were shipping out the most needy and in our case the ones that were costing them the most amount of money. Everybody was calm but until we actually landed at Gatwick there was a tangible nervous tension in the air. Were we going to get through the ash cloud in one piece? Were we going to get diverted to Madrid? Was our flight going to get cancelled like the one before us? Once we touched down, their was an audible sigh of relief. The applause started erupting from the back of the plane and spread like a mexican wave through the plane. It was a very emotional moment.
We were very fortunate to get out so soon. Others weren’t so lucky. Because we were in transit and were on one of the first flights to have been turned away from Heathrow we were a “top priority” but still, I think Emirates have been amazing and have looked after us extraordinarily well. They paid for all six of our nights in a five star hotel AND all our food AND our wifi AND an international call home per day. You really couldn’t have asked for more than that. It’s hardly surprising that the bill for the airlines so far is approximately 1.7 billion – although I gather not all the airlines have been so generous and supportive in looking after their passengers.
My son’s operation went well and he will be back with me later today. The kids have gone to school which is very impressive considering we didn’t get home until 1am. They will be enjoying the drama no doubt.
It’s good to be home but now what am I going to write about??