Since I was attempting to get myself organized for tomorrow’s departure, I started going down my mental check list. Suitcase? Yep. Backpack & camera? Yep. Charges, cables, headphones, earbuds and all the rest of the paraphernalia? Ok. Clothes? Nah, laundry needed.
And then I started on the really nitty gritty –
Print all required documents: plane reservations (SFO-CPH-SFO and CPH-Scotland); check schedule from airport to Glasgow; print hotel reservations for Glasgow and Copenhagen. Oh, oh. I have the hotel booked in Glasgow for the 8th, I have Copenhagen for the 16th. I don’t have anything for me for the 8th in Copenhagen, the overnight being forced by my late arrival from the US. Thinking that SAS was the way to book, I have an early flight out on the 9th. But no hotel. And there are no hotels any where near the airport for anything reasonable. I don’t think that anyone reading this would disagree that $500-$1200/night would be even remotely in the realm of reasonable.
I looked at options and settled on what I should have planned in the first place. Book on Brussels Air, get refund from SAS. Fly to Scotland on the 8th. Hello? I am already wiped out, why not complete the insanity? As long as I arrive before 2330, I can catch a bus to Glasgow City Center. Even if I need to take a rather expensive cab ride, it is not going to cost me as much as that hotel room….
It was about that time that I also realized that my memory of my departure time tomorrow was totally bogus. I don’t land till 1315, so leaving before noon just wasn’t reality even with the nine hours of time zone change. Scheduled departure of 1735 made a lot more sense. And finding out that Brussels Airline (even if it does go through the Brussels Airport) was both part of Star Alliance (can I spell Lufthansa family?) and had a flight leaving ~1800 which should give me enough time to manage an easy connection, an early supper in the SAS lounge and a significant savings over Copenhagen’s hotels….
It was about this time that I went ahead and downloaded a number of audiobooks to my iPad, finished the insane puzzle and forgot about the laundry.