Although both the Manchester and London legs of my Keynote Educational outing went smoothly this week, getting to the first destination was hardly a stroll in the park. Having researched the possibilities and financial considerations of travelling up to the northwest by different means of transport, I decided to choose the more straightforward option of catching a train from London to Manchester.
Despite these well laid plans, I discovered at Euston that all services to the northwest were unfortunately cancelled due to an electrical fault at Northampton and we were directed to St Pancras (a ten minute walkaway) where we boarded a train bound for Sheffield. Upon arrival, we had to decide whether to carry on our journey on another very overcrowded train or go for the less congested yet slower alternative which would at least guarantee us of a seat.
Choosing the 'slower, but seat' option, we trundled off to Manchester and I carried on with my audio editing duties to pass the time. By 9.15, we'd arrived and it was time for some food. A greasy burger later, I caught the free coach to the airport and then jumped in a taxi to get to my hotel over three and a half hours late at a shocking 10.15 in the evening.
Thanks to Twitter I was able to broadcast the blow by blow account of the whole experience and receive some reassuring tweets from others who were following the journey virtually.
Anyway, after a good night's sleep the next two days seemed to go swimmingly. Normality was resumed and I was back on track!
Thanks to everyone who tweeted while I was away. It was much appreciated and just to let you all know it's nice now to be back home.