Well a well earned holiday in the sun was what we hoped for and we did indeed get the sun with some added adventure thrown in. No, we didn't have exciting trips that taught us more about the island of Majorca however we did learn a lot!
(1) Never fly with Thomson Airways if you want to arrive with your luggage
(2) How to syringe fluids into our poorly, dehydrated toddler every ten minutes for 2 days
(3) How to queue and queue and queue
I know us Brits like to queue, many people joked about it in the numerous queues we endured. Our queueing began with arrival at Gatwick airport where technical difficulties meant all flights queued together so what better to do at 4am? We eventually got pulled out to make our flight but Thomson kindly made sure it left on time by leaving our cases off. Great fun to arrive miles from home in searing heat with your jeans on and no spare clothes and no cases - not one single case out of our three. We queued and queued waiting to catch sight of our cases until the conveyor belt finally chugged to a halt and we stood in horrible realisation that all of our cases weren't there. "Nada?" as the coach driver taking us to our hotel asked in disbelief. "Nada?" as the reception staff asked on arrival at the hotel while shaking their heads with wide eyes.
The holiday advisers were great and got us some essential toiletries however not changing your clothes and not having spare contact lenses is not pleasant. Feeling like people in the resort were looking at you as if to say 'there are those people who haven't changed since yesterday'. Walking around and everything being slightly fuzzy as my contact lenses were in one of the missing suitcases and trying to placate a desperate four year old why she can't go into the swimming pools.
Had to have a mega outburst to finally get the cases 32 hours later. Our adventures weren't over yet though as we all got a bug and Amy managed to contract a Majorcan virus which hit her hard and that's when we discovered how awful it is to have a sick child when you are miles from home. We queued to see the Dr who was very helpful and spoke English. Amy slept a lot and swung between accepting 2ml syringes of rehydrating fluids into her mouth every ten minutes and refusing to have anymore. We got there eventually. She had a large lump in her throat and still has a cough now.
We did have some fun in between these awful moments and I do have a bit of colour which is thankfully no longer green! I never expected to spend so much time in a hotel room though but I am thankful Amy is ok and never ended up in hospital as the Dr in Majorca warned she was very close to doing. I am still awaiting a response from First Choice about our experiences with the suitcases. I will keep you all informed what the response is to my complaint. Needless to say we queued once again to leave Majorca as they too had some 'technical' issues at check in. It must be one of those bugs doing the rounds!
Anastasia, in my stories, is still very poorly and I got my own taste of sitting at a loved ones bedside urging them to recover. It can only help me as I continue to write about Anastasia's adventures. I only wish we'd had our very own extraction team as Anastasia does so we could have got out of an unwanted adventure!
So to brighten things up I want to share more adventures with you all and am running another free ebook promotion for 5 days which will run Sunday 24th June until Thursday 28th June. I have chosen two more stories from Series I, one from Series II and the first story from Series III. Series III is aimed at teens upwards.
You can download them on any platform as there is a free Kindle reader available to download in the Kindle Store. It's good to be back and I hope lots of you enjoy the free ebooks. Feel free to spread the word :)
Anastasia and the Pony Smugglers www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007IR2Z1U
Anastasia and the Puppy Farm www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007IRO9FA
Anastasia and the Curse of the Romanov's www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007NM2088
Anastasia and the Yellow Riband www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008A4M646
(For US simply replace Amazon.co.uk with Amazon.com in above links)
Happy reading :)