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How I Made $75 on a Bad Day in London

July 29th, 2017 at 10:04 pm

Hello from London! Everything's great now, but we had a bad first day. Our flight was late in Heathrow, so I started texting the airbnb host to say we'd be late. When we arrived about 90 minutes than planned, there was no one there. No answer to our texts. no response to the emergency line call at airbnb. My daughter wasn't feeling well, and I was upset. We waited and texted her for another two hours as it started to rain with us outside the flat, our huge suitcases, and two tired girls. I called some British friends, my husband called airbnb, and together we all decided the only thing to do was try to get a hotel. Happily this was my old neighborhood in London so I knew the nearby spots, and managed to wangle a room for the three of us about a mile away. We even managed to take the bus there. Later that night I got a almost panicked, very apologetic call from the host who was relying on a friend to let us in--and didn't get our texts until much later. The girls and I crashed, ate great ramen, saw the Changing of the Guard in the morning and still managed to meet someone who let us into the flat, grab a bus with the suitcases, haul them up four flights of stairs, and meet my DH on time. So where did the $75 come from? The host is reimbursing us (without my asking) for the first night. The $75 is the difference between our airbnb and the hotel cost. And we had a nice free breakfast at the hotel. Annoying--but when we got in the flat, it was great, and found a big box of chocolates and a bottle of prosecco waiting for us. We went off to the Globe last night for an absolutely spectacular performance of 12th Night. We went to a wacky Alice in Wonderland thing today and up the London Eye--which my family did a decade ago. My DH and I took a photo at Waterloo Station where we first
met. Lots of fun already. But London is expensive, so as they say--every little bit helps.

7 Responses to “How I Made $75 on a Bad Day in London”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Your airbnb host sounds like a genuinely good person. Sorry to hear you were stuck in the rain with very tired girls but glad there was a happy ending. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Well, a bad night, but a happy outcome! Looking forward to hearing more about your London visit!

  3. snafu Says:

    I hope your initial bad experience with airbbnb doesn't put you off using that service in the future. Sounds like your specific host has made a sincere effort to ameliorate the problem you encountered. You've packed a lot of activity into just one day. We're all looking forward to photos. What fun to go back to where you and DH first met and forward to entertainment waiting for you in London. I love using local transportation and trying to 'live local' while in other countries. Hope you have excellent weather and lots of fun adventures.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    All's well that ends well. Smile

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about that mix up, but it did work out well. Enjoy your trip.

  6. bluesfemme Says:

    Nice Shakespearean ref Laura Big Grin
    MEC - your choices show an awesome example of how "things happen :/" - but when instead of stopping you, you choose not to let it spoil anything further. And more so; you benefit :-) May the rest run smoothly!

  7. Trying to get ahead Says:

    Hopefully the rest of your trip is smooth. Have a great time!

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