Ireland with my mom

I can’t believe I went to Ireland back in May!!! That’s so crazy! Let’s start the story… you know me well enough by now to know something happened!

I started on May 10th, 2016. I was flying from Chongqing to Beijing to London to Shannon. Well I get to the Chongqing Airport and check in with no problem. I get through security and see that my flight has been cancelled. So I had to go collect my luggage and then try to figure out what to do and how to get to Shannon. I ended up having to call the people of Air China to book another flight (which was on them) but the problem was that I wasn’t going to make it for my flight from London to Shannon. And the next flight wasn’t until the morning. So I got on the next flight Beijing and missed my original flight to London. I got on the next flight to London and of course missed my flight to Shannon.

So I arrive at London Heathrow and there was a guy waiting for me to give me a hotel and bus voucher. He was from Air Canada because they are an affiliate of Air China and Air China wasn’t there anymore I don’t know. But of course they lost my luggage and so I just had my carryon. I get on the bus and get to the hotel and try to check in. The hotel didn’t have a reservation for me and nothing from the airline AND they had no open rooms available. So it’s like 11pm and I walked in the rain down the street of hotels and they were all sold out. I arrived at the last one thinking ok if they don’t have anything I’m just going back to the airport because I’m over today. But thankfully they did have room. It was expensive though, 189 British Pounds! For anyone that doesn’t know, the British Pound is muchhh stronger than the Dollar so it was really like over $300 for the night :O

I get back to the airport and explain the situation but guess what? Air China doesn’t start work until 3pm… I won’t be there because it’s 7am and I’ll be in Shannon. So the best they could do was leave a note and I could check on my way back or call them. So I do that and check to see if they know where my luggage is but no such luck. I gave them my email and they places we would be staying on what days. So off to Shannon I go and I arrive an hour or two after my mom so she waited for me at the airport. It was so nice to see here again after like 3 months. We went outside and got a taxi to the hotel.

We went out to explore and get me some clothes since I had none. We had a great lunch at the little restaurant across from the hotel. So we ended up in Limerick to go shopping and they had a Primark!! or Penny’s is the British name I guess! I got a bunch of clothes to live for the week. Then we went to a salon and we got our hair washed and straightened. It was really nice.

They next day my mom’s whole company came. The reason we went to Ireland was that she won the trip through work. She works with Aflac and we had 4 days touring Ireland. My mom and I had 5 because we arrived early. I’ll give you the highlights and then add the pictures below because come pictures are so much better. (maybe my next post will be a video post!)

So that day we went to the Cliff’s of Moher and continued on to Kilarney. The 3rd day we went on a tour of the ring of Kerry which is very beautiful but the roads are extremely winding like a snake. So that wasn’t the best but still it was nice. And there was a guy with a baby fox, a baby deer and baby goat that were adorable! Everyone took pictures holding them!!! The 4th day we went to the Blarney Stone and made our way to Dublin. There was a team dinner that my mom’s boss paid for at a very nice restaurant within walking distance. Then we all went out for drinks. It was fun! The 5th day we were in Dublin and walking around seeing some of the sights. I had to leave that day so I also had to buy a suitcase because my luggage never showed up and they didn’t even know where it was.

Saying goodbye is always sad but I was going to see my mom in June so it wasn’t back at all. I was actually home on June 7th so less than a month! So I get back to London and they found my luggage and it was in Beijing so I told them not to send it to London because I was returning to Beijing and Chongqing. And of course there was no one from Air China yet again. So I couldn’t do anything about my hotel situation. I arrive in Chongqing after no problems on the way home and of course my luggage isn’t there but on it’s way to London. SMH!!!! I fill out a form at the airport and head home.

I get my luggage 3 days later and it was delivered to my apt. I called Air China about the hotel and lost luggage but they told me I  had to email someone. I email them and they said I had to go to the airport. I gave up after that because 1. it should not be that hard, and 2. apparently no one has the authority to do anything. The people at the airport have none, you can’t even buy a ticket there, the people at the Beijing headquarters do but maybe I wasn’t talking to the right people I don’t know but they really need a better system. I will eventually write Air China a very long and disappointed as well as angry letter about this whole situation because of their stupidity I probably lost over $700. That is a lot of money for something that was not my fault in any way.

ANYWAY, it was a good trip and I really enjoyed Ireland. Here are the pics and these are just a fraction of all the pictures I took!

~Alexis

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