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Re: Travel Bag by Spursfan on 30 September 2006 10:21am
I'm back!! Had a lovely time, chilled out nicely.

Yes, the bag was ok for the plane, Blairhoyle.

This time, we flew with First Choice Airlines (obviously we only book flights as we have our own place!)and always book extra legroom seats. Would you believe it, they said on the return flight that they were 60 meals down (and that to recover this number would have made a 2 hour delay)!! They asked for volunteers to give up their meal, offering a £5 voucher to be spent on board!! Although people did do this, we thought it scandalous as it cost £6 per person per flight for a meal, and also they should have given money if anything (everything is so expensive on board you wouldn't get much for your money!!).

Did some scrumping while we were away - yes you read right!! First of all my husband picked a load of peppercorns (peppercorn trees were everywhere, in the parks, on the road you name it); then we were driving along and came across fig trees so we picked a load of them; then our neighbour who has a beautiful garden happens to have a pomegranate tree which overhangs our property..... yes you've guessed it, one dark night my husband went and picked a couple or three! Next day he also had the audacity to ask the neighbour (who is very nice) if we could have a couple, and he gave us four lovely pomegranates!!

Would you believe oit? We were slightly overweight coming back (noone said anything though). We had NO clothes in our luggage, the weight was taken up with (among other things) walnuts, pistachios, POMEGRANATES, Turkish Delight, and three large jars of Cherry, Strawberry and Raspberry jam!!


Re: Travel Bag by arty_farty on 30 September 2006 12:50pm
welcome back :D turkey seems like a cool place :P
Re: Travel Bag by perfectbitch on 30 September 2006 1:18pm
Glad you had o fruitful trip Anne: ). How was your neck? Welcome home.

Re: Travel Bag by Ahren on 30 September 2006 4:07pm
Nice one! At least you didn't do any urban scrumping! "Ill just have this stereo here..."
Re: Travel Bag by sighthound on 30 September 2006 5:47pm
"Scrumping" - a new word for my vocabulary. This is such an educational list!

Welcome back, Anne! Glad you had a great time.

Re: Travel Bag by Spursfan on 30 September 2006 7:27pm
Well, Linz, thank you for asking. The first couple of weeks it was still agony, especially in the morning. I was still taking the tablets, and had a wonderful massage that was great but didn't really solve the problem. Then towards the end of the second week, beginning of the third, it seemed to ease up, though I can still feel it even now.

I had a lot of pins and needles in my hand, and my arm and hand were/are numb, but I coped!!
Re: Travel Bag by Spursfan on 30 September 2006 7:31pm
Geraldine, according to Wikipedia:

Scrumping - act of stealing apples from an orchard.

It can be used fore other items too though ;-)
Re: Travel Bag by suzulu on 30 September 2006 8:15pm
Welcome back, Anne. Glad you had a great time, apart from your neck pain.

I bet the "scrumped" peppercorns, figs and pomegranates tasted nicer than bought ones!
Re: Travel Bag by tucsonmike on 1 October 2006 1:20am
Welcome back Anne. Hope you feel beter.
Luckily our Travel Bags worked but my parents just had a rough experience in Heathrow with that.
Re: Travel Bag by Spursfan on 1 October 2006 11:12am
You bet Suzulu! Thanks. There have been several banana trees planted in the joint garden around our (newly built last year) apartment block so I'm looking forward to eating our own bananas (that is if the local kids don't 'scrump' them first hee hee). Apparently they bear fruit within the first year so I'm hoping next May there'll be loads!!

Thanks Mike - tell us more? Flights to the US are being treated differently at the mo'. We couldn't take any liquids to the airport (this included creams, lipsticks etc - and if you were taking a baby and wanted to take bottled milk you had to taste it - yuk!!) but if you bought in the airport after security it was ok to take on board. This was not the case with US flights.

We had to take our shoes off and there was extra checks etc but I must admit I don't mind this as after all it is for MY safety. Add the fact that we were flying on the anniversary of 9/11 and I was pleased for any reassurance!!

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