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10:55am on Monday, 11th August, 2008:

Leonardo de Vinci


I'm typing this as I sit awaiting my flight from Rome's Leonardo de Vinci airport. Actually, everyone calls it by its older name, but I can't spell that so I'll stick with LdV.

It took us 45 minutes to check in and another 45 minutes to get through security. They had a whole four X-ray machines working. It's worse than Heathrow, but on the whole preferable to Paphos (where we flew back from last year). The guy from the cruise ship who was leading us to the check-in desks pushed his way through crowds that were impossible to traverse with luggage, and lost pretty well all of our group (code name: pink 11).

Airports from holiday destinations seem designed to be unpleasant places. This means they take all the flak between holiday and home, so you don't think "oh, I'm home now, it's not as good as when I was on holiday", you think "yay, I'm home now, it's much better than being stuck at the airport!".

Sadly for me, I'm flying again tomorrow for a quick trip to speak in Edinburgh, so I'll be battling with aiport security again before having made a full recovery.

Hmm, I wonder if our house has burned down while we were away?

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