I am back! I intended to write just when I arrived home, but something came up. Honestly, I had a very nice holiday to Gili Islands for about a week, followed by horrible Dengue fever that paralyzed me for about 2 weeks. Well, you know you are in Indonesia when your disease no longer just common cold, but Dengue Fever. Thanks, mosquitos! That’s a remarkable welcome LOL 😀 😀
I will tell you those stories in another post :). Now I will share my experience of my almost one day and a half trip to home :). Guess most of you have known that I was in England for the past year and now that I have finished my study, I planned to return home to embrace the real summer 😉 and continue my life (why it becomes so deep, LOL :D). I had my defense on July 25th and my flight was on July 29th. Yes, It was pretty tight and I would like to applaud myself cause I made it! YAY \(^0^)>, barely, but made it! 😀 😀
However, the farewell was hard. I had to say goodbye with my housemate for 2 years, friends, coursemates, and all the good people I met in Europe, but life must go on and I do believe we will meet again someday cause it’s a small world after all. Cheers 😀
Well, I had to deal with the shipping company, with my embassy (here’s the adrenaline rush: I travelled on Monday but I had not gotten my passport back on Friday. Thanks to Royal Mail! I finally got it on Saturday afternoon :D), with some online shops (my dress came on Monday before noon, just few hours before I had to leave the house), and all the movers nightmare: PACKING! (It was crazily done! with a lot of rubbish left and I didn’t get chance to drop my things for charity. But Thanks to my Landlord, he’s the most helpful and easy going landlord I’ve ever come across. He told us to leave the rubbish in the hallway if we didn’t get chance to throw and I politely asked him if he could help me drop the things for charity. I hope he wouldn’t mind. Thanks, David! 🙂 )
I left home around 3.15 pm to train station with help from Lidia and Sammy. Thanks, fellas! :D. My luggages were unbelievably heavy. After Lincoln Central Station, They would be all my burden! Yes, they were. I had 1 big suitcase, 1 small suitcase, 1 rucksack, 1 camera bag, and 1 plastic bag with me. I don’t know how I successfully carried everything alone :D. Guess Angels were everywhere. Thanks, Universe! 🙂
Newark Northgate Station was my first struggle. Lucky that I didn’t have to use the stairs to another platform. My second struggle was London Kings Cross. I realized that I walked like a f**kin’ snail :D. I finally reached metro station, sometimes some people stopped and helped me. Thank you! I received a lot of help from strangers since they saw I barely lifted my huge suitcase up to the train and hell, London was not my playground and the tube is the most confusing tube I’ve ever encountered in Europe. I was twice in the wrong train to Heathrow Terminal 4! Yes, only in London tube you can be in the right line but wrong train hahaha, down and up and down and up again. Fiuh! what a hard work 😀 :D.
Arrived in Heathrow, I was happy to find a technology called trolley :D. I put everything and I pushed it to the check in counter for Qatar Airways. I got pretty generous checked in baggage allowance since I bought student ticket from STA Travel (30kgs instead of the usual 23 kgs and 7 kgs of 1 piece hand luggage excluding camera bag and woman hand bag) but I knew I would exceeded, somehow. I was right. I checked in both suitcases and they exceeded around 7 kg and the man in the counter looked unhappy when he saw my hand luggage, he asked me to weight it too and of course it was more than 7 kg, it was 11 to be exact. He asked what’s in plastic bag and I answered: snacks. Actually, I had over 50kgs luggages with me (Wish I had taken a picture for a proof ;)). Miraculously, he only charged me 7 kg of exceed baggages and let me pass with the overweight rucksack. It costed 11 GBP per kg, but I couldn’t complain :)).
The flight from London to Doha was smooth. I slept most of the time because it was sleeping time :). I only woke up when it was time to eat :P. Doha was 3 hours ahead from London (another time zone) and I had to wait around 3 hours before I continued my journey to Jakarta. Honestly, Doha International Airport is not as nice as Dubai International Airport. I decided to pay for lounge because I wanted to rest and freshened up before the next long flight. Oh, you could have free meals too :). The facility was good enough and the price was reasonable. The receptionist lady thought that I was a Nepali! :D. That’s quite far, Ma’am :D.
I met my friend, Gemma, in the flight from Doha to Jakarta. She is a stewardess for Qatar Airways :). I was happy saw her working :). I was chatting with her in the galley when she didn’t work. The cabin crews were nice and friendly. My window seat was taken by an Indonesian Female Worker (TKW). I told her that that was my seat but she insisted. I didn’t want to fight over seat so that I didn’t ask her to move. In the middle of the flight, she was not feeling well and annoyingly had to go to the loo back and forth so that I had to stand up again and again so she could pass. She even spilled orange juice to me (oh, bugger! :D). Well, it didn’t bother me that much and I kept enjoying my flight.
Ahh before I forget, just some note to Qatar Airways. The movie collection they had was fine, but the sound system and the headset was a bummer. I could still hearing the noise when I wore the headset and the sound produced from the movie was not good, I even tried plugging my own headset, but still. I hope in the future they could provide better entertainment in the flight, especially for economy class. When the seat is not that comfortable to sleep, you can only rely on entertainment system. However, you can’t. That’s a pity.
At the airport, I had to wait for a long time for my luggages. 30 minutes or so until they came up. Well, didn’t matter. I was home anyway :). When I went out from the airport to the car, the heat and the humidity stroke me right away and I knew I was home! 😀
Stay tune for my summer holiday story! 🙂
Have a great day, folks! Keep spreading love.