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Sofia Airport, London Luton Airport and St Albans


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The rest of our wait at Sofia Airport went quite quickly. In the Departures lounge there was a temporary display of beautiful photographs of Bulgaria for us to look at, duty-free to browse (if not buy from) and a café to consume toasted baguettes at.

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Having been up all night, we were incredibly tired and drowsy by now. Almost as soon as I sat down on the plane I fell into that disconcerting, dreamlike state between sleep and wakefulness. I remember opening my eyes and looking out of the window, wondering hazily what the noise was outside; it turned out we were still stationary and an ice-and-snow-melting process was going on. I swear I saw hot air being puffed out around the bottom of the plane. Then I drifted off again, away into the distance, time seeming to stand still and move forward simultaneously. After what seemed like hours, I looked up dazedly at the night sky and thought 'we're in the air'...only to see when I looked down out of the window that we were moving, but on the ground. Only half an hour had gone by. Then the next time I was conscious, we were actually in the air. The take off had completely passed me by.

At some point over the European mainland there were no clouds at all and we were flying quite low. It was just at the point where the darkness was pretty much total but one part of the horizon was just starting to turn blue - the very earliest stage of sunrise. We flew low enough over a city for me to get a good view of the layout of the city all lit up by streetlights - I'd never had such a good aerial view of a city at night from a plane before.

It was raining when we arrived at Luton... welcome to Blighty!

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We quickly made our way to Luton Airport Parkway rail station via the shuttle bus and got on the next train to St Albans.

Posted by 3Traveller 10:17 Archived in Bulgaria Tagged art trains united_kingdom airport dave sofia bulgaria

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