Today we're baking cookies and having a movie marathon. We were supposed to be in Prague enjoying a private tour of the old town and Jewish quarter. It's a first world problem I shouldn't be whining about, but I can't help being disappointed we had to cancel our long weekend trip to Prague.
On the way to pick up the 6th grader at school around lunch time Friday, I heard on the radio that there was an incident at Heathrow and travelers should check with their airlines before going to the airport. As soon as I got back to the house, I went to the British Airways website. It seems there was an emergency landing that morning which caused both runways to be shut down for a while. A London to Oslo flight had an engine catch fire shortly after takeoff and it had to circle back to Heathrow. Inflatable slides, fireman standing by and the whole scary shebang.
Therefore, British Airways automatically cancelled all short haul (RE European continent) flights from 11 am to 5 pm. Unfortunately, our BA Prague flight was right inside the cut off. When I went online to see about the next possible flight to take us to Prague, I discovered it was a stand by option that wouldn't get us there until late Saturday night. IF we actually got seats on that flight, we would have only one full day for touring before we had to turn around and fly back to England Monday. The husband flies back to Texas Tuesday morning and so we had absolutely no flexibility with our travel plans.
After cancelling our tour, transportation and hotel, we decided to just make the best of our time together as a family. We took the 6th grader shopping for a semi-formal dress to attend the last middle school dance next Friday. We've slept late. We've piled up on the couch to watch movies. We've baked oatmeal scotchies and chocolate chip cookies. We've been to see the new release movie "Epic" and eaten at an Italian restaurant.
We've haven't done anything amazing like visiting Prague, but we enjoyed being a family of four once again. In just three short weeks, the senior will be a new high school grad. Ready or not, here come the transitions.