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September and Back to England

September 4, 2018 and getting from California back to England . . . northern England this time.

San Francisco International Airport on our way to Manchester, UK

San Francisco International Airport on our way to Manchester, UK

Day one but we won’t see England until tomorrow morning. Woke to our alarm and were nearly packed so not a lot to do except get Mimi’s kitty things ready. Everything is all set for her sitter who comes this afternoon. Had breakfast, cleaned up a little and loaded the car. Traffic was very heavy but Google routed us around the worst of it. We got to Peg’s in two hours, got her house key and gave her our car keys. She drove us to the BART Station where we used our Clipper cards. We had a 20-minute wait and an hour ride to the San Francisco Airport (SFO).

Ed remembered where Virgin Atlantic is hidden at the end farthest from BART so we hiked down. Amazingly, my phone worked to check the bags and get our boarding passes. Last May it wouldn’t pull up our check-in at SFO. Big improvement! Then came security and they walked Ed around it while pulling me for a pat-down and a hand swab. Someone ahead of us was flustered enough that they walked off without their passport. It was sitting in a bin with their small change. They probably won't get too far without it and at least their name is in it. The Security fellow thought it was mine and when I said it wasn't, he immediately started trying to find the long-departed owner.

Found our gate and got seats near an electrical outlet so I could recharge my phone. I put Ed’s SIM card in at home and put mine in while we waited at the airport. We got a ham and cheese croissant and a couple bottles of water and settled in to wait. Finally boarded and are in the air . . .

Last time we were going to southwest England so flew into London Heathrow. This time we're visiting northern England so we decided to fly into Manchester . . . a new experience.

Posted by Beausoleil 13:53 Archived in USA Tagged sfo

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Hope you enjoy your trip. I also hate relying on my phone for check in. It always lets me down at the last minute.

by irenevt

I'm going to enjoy following your latest trip to these shore :)

by ToonSarah

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