So if you didn’t know, Deana and I are presently in the glorious city of London – my very favorite place in the world! We were blessed to be able to go here via a huge miracle – one I will elaborate on perhaps later as I have only paid for 1 hour of internet service and there’s so much I need to accomplish on the internet before that! So onward….
We left LAX on Friday, 11/27 at 5:30. The non-stop flight was just over 8 hours and was not the best, nor the worse I’ve been on. I guess flying to Russia a couple times makes an 8 hour flight seem shorter, huh? In any case, I have a few things to suggest to international travelers:
1. Do NOT talk really, really loud when the people next to you are sleeping!
2. Do NOT laugh outrageously loud at the movie you are watching as the people next to you are sleeping!
3. Do NOT assume the person next to you will be your personal pillow.
(Do you see a theme here? lol)
We arrived at Heathrow Airport on Saturday at 11:15 local time (London is 8 hours ahead of Pacific Time). Deana and I did not sleep a lick on the plane (based on the above, I guess you know why!) In any case, we were jazzed to be in London! We found the underground quickly but had to figure out where our hotel was. The underground ticket attendant was UBER helpful and not only told us the station to end at, but even what streets to walk down! We got to the ending, walked a short skip, and were at our hotel.
Now the hotel is typical Europeanish – very small rooms by American standards. But, having been fortunate enough to travel thus far, we are no longer shocked by the size. However, we DID decide to “take a short nap”, which turned about to be about 6 hours!!!! Whoa there! In her defense, Deana DID try to wake me about 1 hour in, but I asked for 5 more minutes. The rest, as they say, is history! But, once we woke, we took off into the immediate city for dinner and checking out the night life. And, as fortune would have it, we found a Wagamama!!!! This is the first restaurant we ate at during our 2003 trip as well (based on a recommendation we received then) and we repeated it this trip, too! Wagamama’s is a japanese restaurant chain and it is very, very yummy. And, since it was rainy, the soup I got hit the spot. Chaching!
Special shout out to Kenny, who called me at 8:45pm California time – or around 4:45am our time! LOL We had a nice chat when we finally connected and he is awesome. I talked to Josh too and that rocked.
Today we got a late start based on our usual travel cycle – 8:30am. We picked up our 3 day London City Pass and took off! One instant set back……two of the main lines that we needed to get where we were going were shut down! Dun dun dun! Hello! But don’t worry, we are resourceful! We pulled out our underground map and figured out an alternative route, which meant we had to walk for about 15 minutes towards to Tower of London. We made it no problem!!!! And let me remind you, or tell you as the case may be, I am a HUGE English history buff! Walking on the grounds and throughout the Tower was IMPRESSIVE! Seeing the area where Anne Bolyn, Katherine Howard, and others were executed was surreal (and, fwiw, I feel for the queens…..). Seeing the carvings (or graffiti) of those held in the Tower was amazing. Just BEING where so much has taken place over hundreds of years blew my mind…….words cannot express really how I feel!
We then puzzed around, getting lunch at a local pub. Me, fish & chips (I would have enjoyed it more had the fish not had the skin) and Deana pizza (which was very yummy indeed!). We then hopped on the City Cruise that took us up the Thames to Westminster Abbey, which is near Big Ben, the London Eye, etc. Too bad is was FREAKING FREEZING! LOL Nothing we can’t handle. We then had the same problem with the underground routes being closed, but we just walked a bit and figured our way using various other routes. I must say, I feel pretty darn resourceful!!!
Have I mentioned that I LOVE London?
We stopped by Starbucks, where my order of Cafe Mocha with four shots of espresso caused not one, not two, but THREE confirmations (“Do you REALLY want 4 shots?!?!!?”) That has never happened to me before! We then went to the Pharmacy and score two boxes of pain meds with codiene, OVER THE COUNTER! Whoot! Love that part of London! We will probably get two more tomorrow too! Love it.
Now, we sit surfing the net, drying, and sipping our Starbucks. It is almost 6pm local time and already dark. We haven’t planned tomorrow’s agenda yet, but I will try to update you next time!
Also, if you are a praying person, I’d appreciate yours as I tentatively have an interview scheduled for 12/8. They know I am Great Britain so that’s cool. More on that later.
Gina and Deana OUT! 🙂