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Writer's Block: Bad trip.

What was your worst travel experience ever, and why?

I'm not sure whether this can be classed as a "travel" experience, but I'll answer it anyway! When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was out in summer 2007, I “travelled” to London to the Waterstone’s book launch. The journey itself was OK (although they’d run out of food on the train by lunch time, humph!) We spent a day in London doing the usual sight seeing, wining and dining, getting intoxicated etc. We eventually arrived at the book launch around 9pm.

Shock.

I was in shock, I tell you. I have never seen (nor do I ever wish to see) such a gigantic line of people. I imagine it must have broken some kind of world record - there were cameras everywhere and I think the line was indeed being measured. Anyway, to cut a VERY long story short - I stood in that line for almost nine hours! Day was breaking by the time I got inside Waterstones. The nine hours in-between consisted of me chatting to a nice girl who I met in the line (her name was Katie); me freezing myself to death; meeting another lady who was a HP fan and lived in a flat practically opposite Waterstones (lucky!); me running to a local hotel to grab hot tea; losing my space in the line and then losing my family and friends…

Ending up in tears because I thought the nightmare would never end.

After getting my book and going back to crash at the hotel, I caught a horrendous cold from the dodgy air-con.

Good times.

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