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Monday, August 16, 1999
Málaga, Spain to London, England
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London, England:
Latitude: 51° 32' 42" North
Longitude: 0° 8' 59" West
Altitude: 396 feet
From Seattle: 5436 miles
Lodging: Hostel - O'Callaghan's

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Today's Travel:
Countries: Spain, England
Regions: Andalucia, Greater London
Route: Monarch Airlines, Flight ZB 013: MÁlaga - Luton; Train: Luton - London
Start: Málaga, Spain
Stop 1. Luton
End:London, England
Linear:1236 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny / Rain / Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 858
Linear Dist: 158018
Countries Visited: 60
Regions Visited: 241
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Hotels: 275
Friends / Family: 176
Camping: 118
Hostels: 218
Transit: 57
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3192
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Journal Entry:
Spent most of last night in the cafeteria reading and drinking various cafinated things. I tried for several more flights - but they were all through the same agent so I could get on without a visa. At five fifteen I waited in line for the check in counter of a flight to London. The flight was full and when I asked about standby the attendant made a number of calls and then told me it was impossible since the main office didn't open until seven. At nine the British Airways office opened, but they didn't have anything until Wednesday evening and in order to try standby I'd have to buy a full fair ticket for just under 90,000 pasatas (~$600). At nine thirty I tried the other charter office with better results, nothing for sure until five thirty tomorrow morning but I could try for standby on a flight at nine tonight. I wasn't looking forward to another twelve hours in the airport so I kept trying. At nine forty-five the Condor office opened (late) and they had a flight I could try standby for at one this afternoon. Spent the next couple hours reading (nearly 700 pages since arriving at the airport), and had some more coke. At noon I went to check on the ticket status and they had room for me!

Probably one of the only flights I'd ever be able to sleep on and I'm in the last row - very noisy and the seats don't recline. Still dozed off a few times. Landed in Luton Airport - it was raining, welcome to London! Took a train to King's Cross, and the Underground to Earl's Court. There's tons of travel agents and a hostel so I figured it would be a good location to look for a bed. Tried a hostel right across the street from the station - great location, and cheaper than the YHA. Most of the people staying here are Commonwealth citizens working in London. Found a travel agent and eventually bought a ticket to Los Angeles tomorrow morning. I looked at the around the world deals but they didn't do what I wanted them to (mainly the only one I could find that was close would only allow westward travel - so I couldn't get to California and then back to Iceland. I'll look at the flights more from home. Had diner, then went to bed relatively early.


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