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Mon, Jul. 27th, 2009 07:32 pm
Trip Journal: Day 1

This is taken directly from the journal I wrote while traveling.

July 3\4th:

The flight over was surprisingly smooth. There was, of course, bits of the flight with bad turbulance but I really wasn't fazed. The flight route took us over Vegas but we flew over an area of desert that looked like Sedona. I knew we were too far north for it to be Sedona though. Now that I think of it, we might have flown over the Valley of Fire right near Vegas. We then headed NE over Colorado and then headed north to Canada. By then it was too dark to see anything. I spent the time watching Coraline and Marley & Me, both were outstanding. The dinner was wonderful! Beef in a stew served with garlic, mashed potatoes, and cooked carrots. The beef and potatoes were so delicios. It also came with cheese & crackers, bread, and a vanilla cake with raspberry sauce, yum. I had some white wine with it, and then some orange juice.
A few hours later the sky lightened and I was able to see Greenland, so cool! It was covered with snow (obviously) and I also saw some rivers and possibly some glaciers. Hours later I looked out and saw patched of green through the clouds; it was Ireland! Sadly, that was the last of the Emerald Isle I saw because of the cloud cover. A while later I saw farmland but, that too, was mostly obscured by clouds. We started descending and broke through the clouds over London. I spotted the Thames River and looked up and down it's banks for things I recognize since I knew many London landmarks are on and near the Thames. My searching paid off, I spotted the London Eye! Well, with that i nmy sights I knew it would be only seconds before I found the Parliament Building and Big Ben. Up until that point I was mostly mellow about the trip but seeing Big Ben got me really excited!
We then landed and I made my way to customs, such a long walk from the gate, and no AC because of construction! Blah! Once there, the queue for customs went smoothly. I was disgruntled that she put the UK stamp over my Yukon stamp, now both are hard to see, lame! I then grabbed my bag and got a taxi. I took one of the famous black taxis, very roomy! It was strange seeing the driver on the right and driving on the other side of the road. It was so expensive, about 55gbp from Heathrow to my hotel! They charge by the minute, not miles...or kilometers. Once we got into central London the traffic picked up, it was a like a classy NYC. When he dropped me off he said a gay pride parade was the cause of the heavy traffic. He then said he thought there was nothing to be proud about. Whatever, I wasn't about to get in a fight with a taxi driver.
My room wasn't ready so I headed outside to watch the gay pride parade near Buckingham Palace. After getting back to the hotel I went up to my room to put my stuff away and freshen up. After resting for a bit I walked over to the Thames, it's just minutes away! I just stood there for awhile and enjoyed the scenery. By this time I was hungry so I walked to the closest pub and had fish & chips and a coke. America can keep it's coke, the UK has far superior coke! I then returned to the hotel for the rest of the night. Tomorrow is Stonehenge!

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glacier_kitty
glacier_kitty
Heather
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)

A few hours later the sky lightened and I was able to see Greenland, so cool! It was covered with snow (obviously) and I also saw some rivers and possibly some glaciers

I hate you. :P Haha. I never saw Greenland while flying to England! Though it was either dark or I didn't have a window seat..

Haha seriously it's such a long walk to the subway and stuff at that airport. :P Yay Thames River and landmarks!


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)

Rofl, I knew you'd comment on that! I thought I loved glaciers, I seem to have nothing on you. Where did you fly to the UK from? It might depend on where you fly from.

Haha, I could've taken the tube to Paddington Station from Heathrow but I was tired and didn't want to lug my suitcase so I spent the money.


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glacier_kitty
glacier_kitty
Heather
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)

Haha nice. :P I think I flew from Chicago..


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karni_mata
Kaba
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)

you're so lucky!


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)

I'm going to try to go back 2011 :)


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monicarnsg
monicarnsg
Monica
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)

Now I need some fish and chips. You haven't had a coke until you've had one from Mexico. Now that is a coke!


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)

There's a few English style pubs here but they have nothing on a true pub!
I think I've had a Mexican coke, I don't remember it though. I was fourteen the last time I was down there.

How are you feeling?


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monicarnsg
monicarnsg
Monica
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)

I'm sure we have an "English Pub" somewhere in Austin, I just haven't looked. Mexican coke is very similar to English coke. It tastes much better than US coke.

I feel better, except for this stupid cough. URG! I have to go into work tonight, so that'll be the true test. I was supposed to go back to work on Friday, but my boss took me off the schedule until tonight. How are you doing?


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