My Super Cool Entering England!
Picture taken from internet!
It is Sunday, 20 November, 2011 around 20:05 and I am landing in East Midlands airport after boring 5 hour flight from Paphos, Cyprus! It's time to leave the plane and step my first steps on absolutely new land. Outside is dark, it's raining, and I am shaking from the cold and my nerves. I am stressed, excited and scared as it's first time I am traveling all alone so far to unknown place. At least all signs and all people are understandable as they are in english, but some people talk in really weird language! One word is english few others in some alien language... when I listen more closely and carefully I understand that they are British, just with bloody weird accents. Next thing what surprises me is queues in the airport, or just I expected that UK airport systems should be better than in other small countries!? Well, it's just my excitement playing with my nerves and feelings, but I can't wait to get out and see my friends and this new land! I officially hate airports! However, I got through all the controls and bla bla bla... There she stands, my beautiful lovely little girl Linda! And and and... getting more excited as I see three more people standing with her! They are hers sister Anda, I haven't seen her since like 5 years and also Linda's daughter and some friend of Linda's, who is going to be our driver to Sheffield. Hugs hugs hugs and I am just speechless, this is one of those unforgettable life moments! Time to visit WC and have a cigaret after all this I've been through! When all that done, I start to feel comfy again and we can make our way to car parking to find our car to go to my new home. Everyone is in and we start our way out of airport, but here we go! Airports parking barrier wouldn't let us out, even we have paid for it! We are stuck in the airports parking! NICE! There is button on the barrier what says:"In the case of emergency, please push the button and wait for operator response"! We do so, and operator asks loads of questions, what makes me feel like we are in police investigation! After all questions answered right, he opens the barrier and let us go. We are getting on high way and heading to Sheffield what is around 70 km away. Motorway in UK, I love it, we are literally flying! After this long time not seeing each other we have lots and lots of things to chat about, so no one is aware about anything what's happening around. Suddenly driver gets everyones attention with silent scream! We all look to the front and realize our speed and that something is wrong! Everything happens so fast, we just passed by car in crazy speed like just second away from crashing with it. Next moment our car stands in the middle of roundabout! Is everyone alright, driver screams out!? Everyone looks at each other and we seem alright apart of almost full pants, if you know what I mean! Everyone is very scared and in shock, but not injured! It takes few minutes when we realize what exactly happened and getting out of shock and then we are getting out of car. Hmm, we are in the middle of roundabout and cars 3 tires are broken... Cars are passing by, but no one seems to be interested to help. Then few young guys and girls runs over here to check if everyone is alright, they have seen our crash from the nearest road. "That was such a great flight", they say, but you can't really see that in our faces. It takes just few minutes with these kids and we are laughing like crazy! One police car makes one round on roundabout and leaves, the next one comes and decides to stop and help. When police officer comes over, we finally learn where exactly are we, cos we were following GPS, so no one really knew our location. Then police officer starts to question the driver what really happened, and we learn that cars brakes stopped to work just before roundabout, so we couldn't stop. We are lucky because roundabout was the flat one, no trees, no road signs or anything else in the middle of it. Our speed was really big, and if we would crash something, result would be fatal. In meanwhile comes 3 more police cars and officers with camera and we been recorder at crime scene! ha ha ha. We are happy skipping any injuries and probably death, so now the question is, How do we get home as our car tires are smashed. Driver tries to call his insurance company, but gets no reply, because it is Sunday's night. We can't reach anyone who could take us to Sheffield. Police offers to take us to center of the nearest town and we could take taxi home from there. The nearest town is Chesterfield and that's the only chance to get home. Police puts their stickers on the car what says that this car is under Police security and they promise to keep eye on the car till insurance company will be able to come and collect it. So we all sit in 2 police cars and they turn on sirens and we are on the way to town! I've never met so funny police officers, they were laughing and making jokes all the time. When we were in the town, police stopped and we had to get out, but as it's police car, we can't open the doors from inside and our driver was too lazy to get out and open them for us, so he just shouted to other cars driver to get out and open the doors for us! We were laughing till tears, literally! Such a adventurous and fun night I would say. We thank to the amazing police officers and get our taxi back home. It was approximately only 15 min drive to home. We got home happy and full with stories to Linda's mom, who was waiting us with full table with food and lovely Welcome cake for me! This was my first hours in UK! I love adventures, I must say! :)