I'll post a little synopsis of each day, probably include a pic or two as well. Read or ignore.
The flights here were good (well, as good as can be expected), all took off and landed on time, no screaming babies, and only one kiddie meltdown, which was more funny/sad than bothersome, because there's nothing as hilarious as watching a 10yo lose his shit for no apparent reason.
He started with some snapping at his mom as she was trying to get him ready for landing after a 6+ hour flight. He was doing that thing where kids kind of yell through gritted teeth, and after about three of those, he finally let lose with, "LEAVE ME ALONE!!! CAN'T YOU SEE I'M STRESSED OUT?!?!?!" That opened the floodgates and he proceeded to chew out his mom and his older brother.
Can't wait until he grows up and meets the real world.
Once we landed, we picked up the rental car with no fuss, but about five miles down the road, we noticed the fuel gauge and the temp gauge weren't working. Both digital, so maybe a fuse, or worst case, the car was actually not filled with fuel.
We made a planned stop at a motorway services for the worst full English breakfast ever and talked over options. I didn't want to go back to the airport, so we decided to see if the car was actually empty, then stop at the rental car branch in Cheltenham, near where we're staying.
Went out, got in the car, turned it on, and everything was fine. Turns out we were heading west out of the airport, sun was just up, and the sunlight was flooding the cabin of the car and washing out the white lights of the gauges.
First emergency averted. The car does have a nasty rear squeak, though, that's loud enough to be highly annoying.
Got to our hotel about 11:30AM, way too early to check in, but we didn't care, we just wanted to find it, so we sat in the lovely bar and had a drink. I was a little surprised to find the barman had never hear of a stout-and-cider mixed bevvie, but he happily poured one.
That's when the wife checked our data usuage on our mobile hotspot that we just bought. It came with a gig preloaded, and she shouted, "All I did was use it for driving directions for a couple of hours and it's used 940M already! THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!" Then she started ranting about using a gig a day at $9 a gig and some damn heads were gonna roll at Skyroam, by god!
So I googled how much Maps uses for turn-by-turn directions, and it's not very much. Then *I* checked the account and immediately realized it said she had 940M left, so she hadn't used much at all, really.
Second emergency averted.
We decided to drive around town a bit while waiting on a room, then came back and checked in.
Here comes emergency number three.
The hotel is a Hilton, but it's in an old billion year old property, so no A/C and no lifts. We knew that.
Then they gave us the choice of two rooms and she said she wanted the quieter one. That one is down a hall, up three steps, around a corner, down a floor, and down a hallway that feels like it's leading to Narnia, it's so long.
She's still nursing her displaced kneecap (and now the doc thinks there's ligament damage), so that was met with much disapproval.
Then we found out the standard rooms don't have fridges, which Hiltons have always had in our experience.
Then she found out they have no ice machine, which she needs for icing her knee every few hours.
Then she found out we're near a housekeeping service area, so noise, noise, and more noise.
After that, nothing else was going to be right. No plugs on her side of the bed, so now she has to sleep on the "wrong" side, so she can have her noise app running on her phone. The closet is too small. Not enough hangers, parking lot view is crap, room service is too expensive, etc, etc, etc.
I hope she gets out of her funk or it's going to be miserable.
"There is no bad weather, only bad clothes." - Unknown