I did not expect Stansted to be so crowded on that night that you can´t even find a place, I mean, a proper bench or chair to sit on. Many just slept on the passage way, the waiting hall or in front of the check in counter. You put your sleeping bag on the floor and just sleep on it. The crowds must be those going for the summer vacation. The Europeans are just moving around everywhere in the whole summer.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
One night in Stansted
I was supposed to depart from London Stansted for Oslo Torp éarly in the morning around 6:30 on the 15th Aug. I therefore took the Nationalexpress coach from Heathrow to Stansted on the 14th night and planned to spend a night in the airport.
I finally settled myself down in front of a Ryanair check in counter. Well I don´t have a sleeping bag with me so I just slept on the floor. You generally could not get a good sleep as people are walking here and there and talking loud. The worst thing was that the check in counter was opened for check in at about 4am and everyone started gathering around me. Well then half awake, I have to locate a new place to continue sleeping. I was lucky enough to secure a "series" of chair which were much more comfortable.
I actually set the mobile alarm so that I could wake up at 5:30 for the check in. During the check in I have to check in my backpack, though I was so unwilling to do to, since the airport regulation only allowed one hand carry item. I had a bad feeling when checking in that small backpack, feeling that something bad was going to happen. And that feeling came true - I was greeted by Oslo by a "almost lost" luggage. And the rain.