Meet at the KLM check-in, willing to explore and evaluate the efficiencies of the system. KLM very, very efficient: move Bob as far away from group as possible to avoid problems during flight. Use pretext of offering Bob more legroom. Bob believes students pooled money to purchase upgrade and keep Bob away from them. Effective. Kyran turns up with his own boat. Claims there is a cello in there somewhere. Other passengers believe it is a body. Sarah eats enormous hamburger before flight: worried she won’t be fed. Leads to concern by other students.
Flight to Schiphol uneventful. We go up, sleep, and come down. Sarah was wrong: fed twice on flight. Students discover joys of free alcohol and snacks. Great joy. Schiphol is also efficient. Dutch very good at this. Bob confused by lack of passport checks, unlike last summer. Students attempt to reduce duty free stores to basic stock. Good try: unsuccessful.
Arrive in sunny Manchester. Bob attempts to leave retrieved suitcase in baggage hall. Students wont let him. Clever students. Drag our cases to train station. Three ticket clerks on duty. Question Bob and Shareen about our 23 tickets. Shareen and Bob go back to group. Go back to ticket booth: now only one clerk on duty. Smart clerks. Major kudos to Shareen for sorting out ticket issue. Group believes she is sponsored by Ticketmaster. Entire group attempts to cram into one car on train. Unsuccessful. George realizes he should travel with us. Shareen does land speed record to ticket booth to get ticket for him.
Group collapses in train. Scenic ride to Huddersfield. Looks just like England. Yorkshire to be exact. Arrive to rain. Kjel points out that train station smells like capguns. Observant. Hope Kjel hasn’t included one in performance. (How does he know?) Drag suitcases and Kyran’s boat to hotel. Keys distributed, we collapse.
Five o’clock meeting. Except for Michael and Kjel. Fashionably late. Or forgetful. Most important news is that Keithy has lost his hat. Already. We disperse for dinner. Bob and Keith have dinner in pub. Avoid Canadian students at other tables. Wait. Those are our students. Still avoid them. Buy snacks on way back to hotel. Cold weather is hard on Canadians.