Surviving my first long haul flight and What I learnt.

Excited to get on the plane I didn’t have much of an idea for what I was in for.

In it for the long haul

I was flying with Etihad the first leg was 14 hours, a 2 hour layover in Abu Dhabi. Then a another 9 hours before I got to London, yes I was in it for the long haul. 

The first leg was rough. I was lucky to have the whole middle row to myself. Once we could take our seatbelts off I set myself up. So I spread myself over the seats and curl up with my blanket I also lined up all the cup holders with water. By then I was was all set.

This was great until the plane had really bad turbulence. So I ended up going back and forth between lying down across the seats and sitting upright with my seat belt on. Meanwhile water was spilling everywhere. Needless to say, my stomach wasn’t happy with all the movement.

I managed to pass the time watching movies and trying to sleep when I finally arrived in Abu Dhabi, I was exhausted. Before I left I checked the gate for my next flight so I had a vague idea where to go. 

The second Leg

When I got off the plane I realised the plane what parked in the middle of the tarmac and the terminal was way over the other side. People got off the plane and were getting into a bus that had pulled up at the end of the stairs. I had no clue if weather this bus was going to the terminal where needed to be or not. I was too tired to even question it I just got on the bus.

It was about a 10-minute drive to the terminal and yes it was the correct terminal (Thank God)

I had 2  hours before my next flight I rechecked the gate at the terminal. By the time I went to the toilet and wandered through the duty free. Security was having our bags checked to get ready to board. This flight appeared to have been fully booked there where at least 200 people waiting to board. This time I didn’t have a row to myself. Nine hours later I was finally in London. 

When I got out of the airport I stupidly got in the first cab I saw. So ended up getting ripped off paying 100 Pounds, lesson learnt. I couldn’t believe I was finally in London it was like a movie set.

I got to my hotel and checked put my stuff down and went for a walk still not quite believing I was in London and this was only the beginning.


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