Anywho, I digress …

Loosely based on what might have happened. Or not.

Never even occurred to me to check

Posted by episode81 on August 21, 2009

The Ashmolean Hippo

When I was planning my trip to the UK, I thought I would take the opportunity to drop in on my old friend, the Ashmolean Hippo.

I booked a hotel right across the street from the museum so that I could maximize my viewing time.  The plane landed just before 7am, and so I got to the hotel before 9am.  My room was ready, so I got to check in right away.  The guy in the lobby said it was a wonderful room on the fourth floor.  Off to an awesome start 😀

With all the luggage, stairs were out of the question, so I looked for the lift.  There were two lift doors.  The one on the left goes to the fourth floor, the one on the right stops at three.  Press the button between the lift doors and only the door on the right opens.  Waited a moment.  Pressed it again.  Same result (why did I think it would be different?).  There is only one button.  Confused, I returned to the lobby.  The guy from the lobby pointed out the button for the lift on left.  It was more the 6 feet off the ground,  above the door, and therefore not obvious.  The guy from the lobby seemed to think I should have been able to find it. Clearly I have been away for too long.  Or not.

Anywho, I digress …

The stairs to the Ashmolean Museum

The view ...

The room was indeed wonderful, on the top floor, with a great view of the Ashmolean Museum.

That was when I noticed the sign outside the museum.  Closed for renovation.  Until Nov 2009.



Major bummer

... and the sign. Major bummer.


3 Responses to “Never even occurred to me to check”

  1. Kathryn said

    What about shorter people? Frankly, I don’t think I could reach a lift button that is 6 feet off the ground 🙂

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