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Waiting for a flight

I’ve had a pleasant four-day stay in Ireland, but today I head across the Irish Sea to England. I’ll spend a couple nights there before returning to the US.

Here at the airport in Dublin, everything at the security checkpoint seemed to be business as usual, although many flights to and from the UK are behind schedule or cancelled. Mine is delayed 20 minutes right now, meaning my bus connection in London will be awfully close. We’ll see how it goes.

Last night I stayed in a hostel in Dublin. I’ve only stayed in hostels twice on this trip, and this was the only time I’ve had to share a room. It was the complete opposite of my experience in Barcelona two years ago. I went back to my room shortly before 11 pm, and the other three occupants were sound asleep. When my alarm went off at 7 am, they were all still sound asleep. After breakfast, I went back to the room to retrieve my bag, and one had gotten up to go to the bathroom, but the others were sound asleep. Much to my surprise, I ended up being the loud one in the room.

I just saw on the news that the British Airports Authority will start permitting hand baggage tomorrow, in time for my flight Wednesday. No word yet on whether I’ll be able to carry liquids on the flight back to the US. I would like to do a little duty-free shopping, but I’ll have to wait and see. If I remember correctly, Heathrow has great duty-free shopping, but it’s no bargain if I have to dispose of it before getting back to the US. On the other hand, I’d probably make a lot of new friends if I had to finish a liter of booze in the departure hall.

I don’t smoke, and no one in my family does, but I’m allowed a certain number of cigarettes duty-free when I return to the US. I think it’s 200, but I’ll double-check. If any of my friends would like me to bring back a carton, send me an e-mail with your brand. I’ll see what I can do.