Kate and Bron's Diary for 2002-10-22

Stayed the night in London

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From: "Bron Gondwana" <brong@brong.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 00:47:32 +1100 (EST)
Up very early to get the 8:58 train to Calais. When we arrived at the
train station we discovered that it was a TGV (as opposed to the
non-reservation train listed in our timetable). Much confusion followed,
which wound up with us on a different TGV instead. They charged us EUR 8
_each_ for reservation, which was about 1/5 of the total fare for that
trip. Daylight robbery, considering that we paid so much for the ticket
in the first place. I'm not at all impressed with the 'reservations'
system, it's double-dipping from the train companies, since that train
didn't run any faster than the non-TGV one listed in our Eurail

Anyway, we made it in the end, to discover that Seafrance had cancelled
the next two crossings. Luckily P&O also gave a 1/2 price fare for
people with Eurail tickets, so we grabbed the next ferry with them. It
was a very rough crossing due to bad weather, and we both felt quite
sick. Spent the last of our Euros (apart from souveniers) in the
onboard shops.

There were complimentary buses running from the train stations to the
terminals at both ends - and we were soon on a train to London. We wound
up in a carriage with a very annoying Aussie couple - especially the
female, who hated Europe, hated... well, just about everything actually.
They'd spent two whole weeks here, and only in major cities. Silly
people. They were trying to get to Frankfurt, but had to go via London
because of their ticket. Strange.

I cooked a very yummy pasta dinner at Tiff's place, then we rushed off
to choir rehearsal (Judas Maccabeus by Handel). The choir is made up of
mainly old people, and has a very strange money-making policy, which
seems to be that everyone is expected to do stupid fundraisers from
their own pocket. It was great fun singing though!

Sat around talking until far too late.

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