I GET my blog posted and a couple of other things done before we grab an hour or so’s sleep lying across seats in Tallinn airport.
The, around 4.30am, we stagger to the check-in desk. Funny thing, you can tell immediately which ground staff are likely – or unlikely – to be be ‘guitar-friendly’ and, as we predicted form the queue, today we’re unlucky.
The girl is still pleasant though and suggests we go to the baggage wrap place and have the two guitars wrapped together in that weird cling-film stuff then they can be checked as one piece of hold baggage at no extra cost.
It’s €18 to have ’em wrapped, but it saves us €100 and they look pretty secure. Thank goodness for the Reunion Blues Continental Voyager bags…this would have been impossible with my big old Carlton cases. Not only would they have been impossible to wrap physically, but they’d have been well overweight.
We’re through security just after 5am and at last somewhere’s open for some grub. Our flight is at 6.40am. We sleep through the snacks onboard and wake up as we land in Frankfurt around 9am – but with the time difference it’s only 8am. Six hours ’til our connecting flight!
We immediately go to the gate, grab some seats and have another kip then go and find some grub at a wee place adjacent to our gate – beef sausage, potato salad and beer. Then back to the gate for another kip.
All the bags and guitars arrive safely in Glasgow and we make a few stops for shopping on the way home where we start unpacking, have a shower, some dinner and then hit the local pub to have a drink to celebrate a pal’s 70th birthday.