Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So London we meet again..

London, arrive after 23hr flight to Heathrow... 8pm.... where is passport control... follow the people in front, they'll know where to go.... find passport control - check... attempt to use e-gate... fail.... fix with human intervention... win... ok find bags - this looks right... collect bags... drift through customs... find underground... Highbury and Islington - ok Victoria Line.... jump aboard train... feel the warm subway air... think of how good a shower would be right now... arrive at stop.. walk outside... start to freeze.. which way... walk the wrong way... internal compass kicks in... walk the right way... arrive at Katrina's house... hoorah!

Mind was a bit of mush after that long on a plane, but I eventually made it to Katrina's. She was away for the weekend but Barry and Ronald sorted me out with some wine... and food... and FIFA13... awesome hosts! Somehow I managed to stay awake for a couple more hours and crack out a few games (probably as my body clock was telling me it was 9am and I'd just pulled an all-nighter).

A few things I've learned so far:
- Gin can be your friend, although the airline blend is super strong!
- As soon as the doors are armed and cross check.... nail that empty row of seats you spotted on your way in.
- The aisle seat is awesome for wandering around the plane at random intervals - although when the crew don't want you doing this (seemed everyone on the plane wanted to go for a walk), over-zealous use of the seatbelt sign will occur.
- Oyster card = win. Opal card should work nicely in Sydney.
- I'm not completely terrible at FIFA13... watch out Adam.

Heading up to Leicester, probably a quiet week.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Back to London

I don't know if that was one of the quickest feeling flights, or perhaps it is my ability to zone out on 2 hours of sleep, but it seemed the 22 hours from Sydney to London went in a snap. Emirates is the best. Scored 3 seats to myself after the doors closed, my economy-style skybed may have been the envy of those seated behind me, and I managed to secure what may have been 3-4hrs of 'sleep'.

So I arrived in London around 8pm and ambled towards Highbury-Islington on the tube, thanks to the fantastic directions from my cousin Katrina (thanks!). Its bloody cold in London for this time of year (so I'm told, its freezing every other time I've been here, albeit this is meant to be spring and the other times were dead middle of winter). Had a good chat with Katrina's housemates Barry and Ronald, and following a super meal prepared by Barry, a couple of wines and some FIFA13 on the Xbox I was well and truly roasted, and slept well.

Today will feature random stumblings around London to acclimatise, some work on the laptop to finish up what I should have done before leaving Sydney (due to my excellent procrastination skillz), and maybe a quick museum visit to tick the cultural activities to do whilst in London box and justify my classification of this trip as sightseeing/holiday in addition to visiting family. Oh and a pint, and a run (but not in that order).