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London Day 1 Part 1 - words and . . .
After this I will attempt to coordinate words with the images - this goes with the photos from 2 entries previous - the first set of london & spain pictures.

Plane ride and London day 1 PART 1


The Ride
My trip started wonderfully! I arrived at the airport in plenty of time, checked my big bag and went through security rather quickly. I had a little over an hour to kill so I got myself some dinner (expecting either not to be interested in the airline food or sleeping and missing the meal). A bit expensive, but it was a yummy shrimp salad.

I get on the plane and, while I am not in the aisle I am between two seemingly nice people in the center section. It was a big plane, 3 seats, 4 seats, then 3 more seats. I was in the 4 seat section. As for the aisle - I tend to pee a great deal and therefore like to sit in the aisle for no other reason than consideration for anyone sitting next to me - less getting up and down for them.

Throughout the plane ride I talked with the people on both sides of me. The woman to my left was coming to England with two kids for a wedding. Her husband was coming on a different flight. She and her husband were originally from England and had moved to the states where they raised their kids. They love to sail and at one point (before their children were born) they even lived on a boat!

The man on the right of me was from Hollan originally. He now lives in Italy. He was in Canada and the US doing business. He works with a company that has something to do with hair products - possibly paul mitchel - but honestly I don't remember which one.

I ended up watching a few TV shows - as each seat has their own screen - rather than any movies because I knew I wanted to sleep. I got a decent amount of sleep. I woke up and my butt was numb, lol. The woman next to me had the wonderful idea of putting our feet up on the seat, our knees close to our chest. It did wonders.

That and she showed me the little package the plane gives us with . . .
* eye mask
* socks
* toothbrush and toothpaste

too kewl! however somehow I ended up in a seat that didn't have one, lol.

I definitely took advantage of this on my return plane ride!

Arrival
first thing I wanted, after already having gone at least 3 to 4 times on the plane, was a bathroom! On the way to customs I was going to stop and then saw the looong line. Luckily as I was heading to customs I saw another bathroom sign. About 10 feet past the line for customs there was another - EMPTY - bathroom.

I must say, their bathrooms were quite nice, especially for an airport. I think it may be that the stalls are larger, the doors have much less of a gap between the wall and the door as well as possible the floor and the door (though I'm not sure about this part). It just felt more private.

I get in line for customs, which was much shorter for non-UK passport holders, and was thinking how much I hoped I would run into Ali [Unknown LJ tag] and her beau ( ok boyfriend, I just like that word) as that would be much simpler than me attempting to find my way around london to our hotel on my own. She spent a semester abroad in london when she was an undergrad. A few minutes later - I see her and wave. (And lucky them get to cut in front of a few people to get in line with me).

We get downstairs and our luggage is already waiting for us. YAY

We find our way to a train thing that connects terminal 4 to terminal 1, 2, & 3 in the airport. It continues on to London. We were going to get off at terminal 1, 2, & 3 and take the tube (their version of the subway, metro, or T - depending where you live) into downtown. Some girl told us to just stay on the train.

staying on train good: MUCH quicker
staying on train not so good: a bit expensive (I think it was like 14 pounds)

eh - we got there, and the rest of the trip wasn't too expensive :)



Meetin the Friends & Gettin Foood

We got to the hotel around 11am and dropped our stuff in Kat & mark's room (friends of Ali) as our room would not be ready til 2pm. We chatted a bit and Ali & Kat exchanged gifts. Kat had b-day gifts for Ali, Ali fed Kat's peanut M&M and twinkie addiction.

Ali & Mark showered and changed while I headed across the street with Kat, Mark (Kat's Mark - not Ali's) and (NAME?) to a place called weatherspoons (link?) to get foood! To order your food you walk to the bar, pay and tell them the number that is on your table. They then bring you the food.

While I was ordering there were to guys who were either still drunk from the night before or already drunk. It definitely was amusing listening to them. Though I did wish I had walked up a minute earlier because I found out from them (ok I listened to them talking to the bartender - which wasn't hard to do since I was standing next to them and they weren't exactly whispering lol) there was a breakfast menu.

While Ali & Mark were still at the hotel, Kat & her Mark explained how they had enjoyed a train ride with a bunch of drunk farmers. And it was amusing to here them arguing about how the land cost or taxes were more expenses with certain types of crops, discussing tractors, etc. I would've liked to have heard this lol.

Another girl, Chrissie, who came a few minutes before Ali & Mark got there, had a ride with a bunch of older women I believe. She has an interesting roommate who asks "why" a great deal - but to silly things, So one conversation might have gone like this:

R= roommate
C = chrissie

R: How was Bingo?
C: Good, except I didn't win?
R: Why? (meaning whay didn't she win

Ali & Mark arrived, they ate some food. Then everyone else decided they wanted food as well. We chit chatted a bunch and then Ali, her Mark & myself headed off to attempt some sights while the rest of t he crew went shopping.

Before heading out we checked on the off chance our room was ready early - and it was! so we moved out luggage and headed out.




Dali Musuem & Attempt at the Westminster Abbey
Our first stop: Dali musuem.

I enjoyed it. He has some really interesting views of the world. I didn't realize how sexual most of his work is. One thing that was kinda neat was someone (not sure if it was Dali's or someone's impression of Dali - as they had work by both Dali and other people who created work to look like Dali's) made a living room - couches, table, lamps, etc. - which looked like it came from a Dali painting.

Next stop: Westminster Abbey - it was right down the street.

unfortunately it had just closed - about 10-15 minuted prior to our arrival. (I think - either way it was closed). I had fun taking some pictures around the area and then we headed back.

on our way out of the tube I bought candy bars # 1 & 2 (and maybe 3)

It was probably a good thing the abbey was closed as the first thing we did when we got back was lay down and take a nap! So it had also been good that we checked on our room before heading out so we didn't have to go to Kat&Mark's room first.

We had planned on getting up about 5:30 since we were leaving around 6 to go meet one of Kat's friends for dinner. Well - as stated above, abbey being closed = good. Kat called us at 6 and we woke up by her phone call.


change of plans - got 1 short set of pictures added since I had enough of packing for today (9 small boxes - 7 are books, lol)



this reminded me of the crazy stairs in labrynth




And - I got my work visa in the mail yesterday!!!
(plus 1 vineyard replied saying they would have work for me. And while it's not in the town I wanted to work in, I still might work there at least part of the time)

I started packing and I have dinner with my aunt & uncle tonight, so we'll see when the next part of london & spain adventure gets posted.

I hope all be well

:)~
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fjordhopper From: fjordhopper Date: May 26th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I am on a long flight and want to sleep, I tend to tuck my feet into the pouch that is in the back of the seat in front of me, it seems to help me at least, and then I'll shift and rest my feet on my carry on luggage stowed under the seat...I think the key is, just to try to get the feet elevated somewhat.

i'm glad to hear that every thing seems to be going well so far!
missaligator From: missaligator Date: May 30th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
NAME? = Karen :P
moowazz From: moowazz Date: May 30th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

oops

thanks, lol

I forgot this was one of the entries I needed to insert a few things into ( like a link to weatherspoons, lol)

I will (hopefully) update this tomorrow.

hope all be well
:)
ellipsedream From: ellipsedream Date: June 8th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
sounds like you had a fantastic time!! :) too bad the Abby was closed.

heh. Dali.. oh yesss, yesssss, yessssssssssss!! ;) lol.
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