Welcome back to the UK… or “What’s Social Distancing and a Mask?”
A Change of Scenery
In this adventure
- Well, 2020 is turning out to be a fine year for travel…
- Travel preparations
- Off to Birmingham Airport
- LH959 Birmingham to Frankfurt-am-Main International
- Entering Germany
- Frankfurt Airport XXL Tour
- Into Frankfurt
- Hotel: Mercure Hotel City Messe, Frankfurt
- Exploring Frankfurt in these odd times
- Back to FRA
- LH954 Frankfurt to Birmingham
- Welcome back to the UK
- A welcome change
I exited the aircraft and followed the signs to immigration – and boy was there plenty of signs on the way “welcoming” you to the United Kingdom.
Eventually, the immigration line splits appeared and I took the escalator down to the UK Border …. Where social distancing was not being practised.
Sigh. Signs you’re back in the UK
I tried the automated machines, but they booted me straight away. I, therefore, waited in line for a UK border agent. I was seen to and questioned if I had completed a tracing form. I showed my screen to the agent and they happily let me back in the country.
With that – I headed to baggage claim. For a daytime flight, there seemed to be a lot of people collecting luggage. As well as the barest possible distancing.
Eventually, the rucksack spat out of the belt after 10 minutes of waiting. I made my exit from customs, and back into the United Kingdom.
With me now ground-side, I decided that the best option to get home would be train and bus. I, therefore, headed outside – as the AirRail link was out of commission, with it being replaced by a bus.
A short wait and a semi packed bus later, I was at Birmingham International Station. I went to a vending machine to get a train ticket – although I hate how many ticketing options you can have between the Airport and City Centre. If there’s one fare anomaly that needs sorting out, this is one of them.
I ponied up for a Anytime single back to Birmingham and headed down to the platform. Interestingly, a local train decided to pull out at that moment I arrived, leaving a Transport for Wales Class 158 which was going next.
I hopped on the train, which had around six people on it. For four carriages.
Eventually, the train pulled out for the 10-minute ride tp Birmingham New Street.
Of course, we were held at signal outside the station… because this is Birmingham New Street.
After getting off the train, I made my way to the bus for the final part of the ride home. Yes, I could have taken a taxi or an Uber… but I could not be bothered.
A bus showed up straight away. That was the good news. The bad news? People were still treating wearing masks as optional.
A sharp change of what I had seen in the past two days.
The bus made its merry way around the city, before exiting it. I got off at my usual stop, headed up the usual road, made a turn into the flats, and finally – to my front door.
Monday came and my good mood lasted exactly two hours before the grimace returned.
But that of course, is another story.
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