In Bordeaux we had that drizzle that sits in the air and comes at you from all direction at once. As we waited about 20 minutes for the bus that comes every ten minutes we got more and more bedraggled and saturated.
Still, once the bus came I had a pleasant journey to the airport through parts of Merignac I had never seen before, then a short wait at the airport, a pleasant flight and a friendly greetings from the Henwoods who had come to meet me.
Stage 1 accomplished. Contact the girls in Bordeaux, talk and sleep!