Booking woes 2012
When the annual calendar was updated sometime in the middle of the Summer Term at work, I was pleased to see a rather long summer leave during the Olympics! I anticipated that we will be called in to work. I’ve only been in a year at work so I have no idea whether long leaves are normal. So, better seize the opportunity just in case it never comes round again, I thought. Time to go on HOLIDAY!
My initial plan was to go hike and cycle up in Scottish lochs with some friends outside work, at the beginning of the summer leave. Even though I got a couple of assured yeses, no one except for Sally actually managed to do something positive about. She booked days off for it, however the trip got cancelled in the end. The School Band Sargeant Major (SBSM) announced that our leave might get cancelled when the G4S security company couldn’t supply enough personnel for the Olympics, which meant we, being in the London District, may be called to work. Bookings and preparations were better cancelled than risk wasting deposits.
By the time I knew about the possibility of our leave getting cancelled, I had already booked my InterRail pass. Oh oh!
For £212, I bought a Global Flexi pass, which entitles me to 10 days unlimited travel on most trains across mainland Europe within a 22 day period. I set the date to travel on the 6th to 28th of August.
We got told our leave’s unaffected after all, so no dramas really. I very loosely drafted a route. Some colleagues at worked toyed with the idea of going to Krakow so initially I thought I’d fly with them there, then work my way clockwise.
However, people can be fickle and very unreliable so that group holiday to Krakow got canned. Other joint holiday plans creep in and out but eventually nothing settled. Camping trip to Wales, beach party in Ibiza and city trashing somewhere in Turkey… All didn’t go beyond the ‘hey how about this; yeah I’ll book tomorrow’…. because no one did. To try and avoid the case of not going anywhere at all, I just decided to go off on my own. They can get their own passes and they can join me if they wished.
Fast forward to the 10th of August, skipping the build up of stress leading up to the End of Term Pass Out Parade and festivities that followed, I set off on this InterRailing adventure.
Last minute preps