Emma and Tate got up at 4:oo a.m. to catch their flight and I woke up with them. I said goodbye to them and thanked them for letting me be their adopted “Aunt” for this semester! I will really miss them. Emma just graduated from Central College of Iowa and Tate will be a Senior there. Most of the students on the internship this summer were students from Central College of Iowa.
After they left, I dozed for a little while. Then I got up and the room had a small-very short bathtub, but a bathtub. So I took a bath. I love to take baths and we didn’t have bathtubs in our dorm and so I have been missing the ability to take a bath. So I soaked in the tub for a while. Then I had breakfast out of some fruit and protein bars I had leftover from my dorm room. I went down to see if they had an ATM machine so I could get a little more sterling pounds because I was completely out. I had wanted to run out, but I called it a little too close. I knew I had a few expenses where I’d need some cash so I thought I’d just get 40 pounds to get through.
The hotel where we were staying didn’t have an ATM so they sent me up the street to the Holiday Inn. I walked up there and the one in the Holiday Inn was broken. They sent me about a mile up a side street to a neighborhood store. When I got up there it didn’t accept the U.S. bank card that I had and so I couldn’t get cash.
I walked back and talked to the desk and found out that I could use a credit card for the taxi, which was my concern about getting cash. I went up and got my bags and went to the bell desk. They called the taxi. I had booked a room at the Holiday Inn Express which is closer to the airport over a month ago because I knew I didn’t fly out until tomorrow morning. I got the taxi over here to the Holiday Inn Express. I thought I would have to sit in the lobby and wait for my room to be ready but they were able to get me into a room right away.
My room here is beautiful. I wish that Emma, Tate and I had booked our room here last night. It was about 10 pounds more expensive, but it would have been cheaper in the long run because I paid a lot for the taxi ride here this morning and this hotel has a free breakfast. The room is so wonderful and the staff is so accommodating. There is a convenience store across the street where I was able to get a little bit of cash and pick up a soda. I’m a happy girl!
I worked on my paper that is due before I leave the country for my class. Nothing like taking it down to the wire! I know, I know! There has just been so much to get done that my paper has gone on the back burner and I knew I’d have this weekend here in the hotel to finish my paper.
Tonight I went down to the hotel restaurant and had a wonderful dinner. I am getting so excited over the thought of seeing my husband and family tomorrow!
I came back up and got everything laid out for tomorrow. I don’t fly until noon so I will be at the airport by 10:00. I am catching the 8:30 shuttle from the hotel just to be sure I’m on time.