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Touring the British Isles Ad Hoc by Gugy Irving

I knew I was in trouble earlier this year when the immigration officer at Heathrow started in with what seemed like twenty questions. The problem was, I had not listed any places where I would be staying on the entry form. I usually do very little trip preparation and most, but not all, of the trip was ad hoc. He went on to ask if I was traveling alone, which I was; that seemed to get me some traction. Maybe he thought a female companion would have been far better organized. I was joining friends who live on the east fork of Langford Creek in Kent County, Maryland, while they

were in England for their monthlong trip that included France. They were doing a house swap with a couple who were coming here to attend their neighbor’s nephew’s wedding. I have been to England and Europe previously and have never liked the usual evening departures. I was happy to find a United flight that departs Newark at 9 a.m. and gets into Heathrow just after 9 p.m. when adjusted for the time difference. I had hoped a flight attendant friend based in Newark could have worked the flight. I fantasized that she would have been able to move me out of steerage; as

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