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United Kingdom - Day 1

I'm here! I left from Boston last night and arrived at Heathrow this morning after a very long, cramped and uncomfortable flight. I am already dreading the trip home. I was originally offended that EB and I weren't going to spend the day in London today... he said I would be too tired. I was indignant. Well, about half way through the flight I wanted to cry I was so tired and uncomfortable. I knew he was right. (YOU HEAR THAT YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT SOMETHING! Enjoy it while it lasts!) After landing later than scheduled (crosswinds the whole flight) and getting the third degree from the customs agent (piece of advice, always have a print out of your itinerary showing you have a way to get back home otherwise they ask you about 2094280 questions until you're convinced you've broken at least 50 international laws), I finally made it to EB and collapsed in his arms. The ride to Leicester was agonizing because the car was so small and my legs still hurt so much, and it was a bit terrifying to be sitting on the left side of the car but not driving it! We pulled his micromachine into the CAR PARK and took the LIFT up to his FLAT and I passed out for four hours on his couch. When he finally managed to convince me to get out of bed we spent the rest of the day wandering around Leicester and had a delightful lunch at a sushi restaurant. We met up with his parents for dinner, and in between I've been attempting to be good about uploading pictures and catching up on interwebs. Everything is delightfully British here and I'm so excited for London tomorrow. I'll try to be good and keep up with the regular updates, or at least the picture posting on flickr. Time to try and get on some sort of Greenwich Mean Time sleeping schedule. Later, skaterz!

UK Day 1


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Dec. 28th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)

Trans-ocean flights are the pits. I did pretty well with the trip to Japan, but lemme tell ya, you're just GONE for the first day after that long a flight. Even if you didn't think you would be.
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Oh man, I don't know how you survived all the way to Japan. I am DREADING the trip home hardcore.
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Honestly, if you've got music and melatonin, it's not so bad. I slept most of the way back from Japan; it was the flight out that was kinda rough. I didn't sleep the whole way (15 hours!) and almost missed my connecting flight from Osaka because I was too tired to understand the announcements...
Dec. 28th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
OMG, you're in Leicester?! That's my home town! And an incredibly random place for an American to spend their first day in the UK in...well, for someone who grew up there.

Anyway, I live nearby (sort of - Nottingham) if you're back in Leicester any time soon and want to meet up. In fact I'll be there Tuesday to meet a friend from school.

PS - go to Kayal, an Indian restaurant near the train station; it's awesome!

Edited at 2008-12-28 11:50 pm (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
I am staying in Leicester! My boyfriend works here and I'm staying with him. We're going to Dublin 12/31-1/3 and then staying in London 1/8 until I leave on 1/10, but other than that I'll be here. I'm totally down for meeting up. Tomorrow I think is already pretty booked up, but next week I'm being left to my own devices mostly as my boyfriend has work every day. Also, I have a rail pass that can take me anywhere so I could meet you not in Leicester, too. Also, I've never had Indian food before. What do I order?!
Dec. 30th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)

*steps off the capslock*

Well, you've come to the right place! Leicester's population is one quarter of South Asian descent, so there's millions of great places to eat - Indian, Bengali, Sri Lankan etc etc. If you get a chance go to Belgrave Road, which is known as the Golden Mile because of its many Indian jewelry shops - there's also great restaurants, Indian sweet marts and sari shops. Fascinating, even if you have no intention to buy anything.

Unfortunately I'm back at work next week too, so the only possibilities would be to meet on Sunday 4th or for you to come to Nottingham during a weekday and we could meet up after 5pm when I finish work. I work near the city centre so could meet you at the train station.

Going back to Indian food (one of my favourite topics), to start with I would try a masala dosa (a giant pancake stuffed with potato curry usually, but there are many variations), or chaat (a yoghurt based dish with chickpeas). Personally I love anything with paneer, which is a curd cheese and used a little bit like tofu. Try drinking a mango lassi. Kayal does great sea-food - it's South Indian, so there's lots of coconut and spices in its dishes. Though be wary of anything too spicy if you've never had it before.
Dec. 30th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
Indian jewelry is so beautiful, I might have to check that out. I would love to meet you in Nottingham. That way I can say I've been there! *has delusions of Robin Hood* Tuesday and Wednesday work well for me next week, is one day better for you?
Dec. 30th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
I've never met Robin Hood. Or been to Sherwood Forest (but do plan to eventually). I do however pass a playgroup called "Hood's Hideout" on the way to Ikea. (My house is full of Ikea furniture btw)

Anyway, yes, either day is fine with me! Perhaps Wednesday as Nottingham has 'late-night shopping' so the shops will be open until a little later than usual?

If you let me know what time you plan to get to Nottingham, we can arrange a meeting place and time. The train station is close to the city centre so you could always get there early and explore by yourself until I finish work, or I can meet you when your train comes in. (Try thetrainline.com for train times and tickets.) I'll send you a private message with my phone number in case.
Dec. 31st, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Wednesday sounds like a good plan! I am flexible about what time. What's the earliest you'd be able to meet me so I can make sure I'm there by that time?
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
The earliest I could get of work would be 5pm, and it would take me 10 minutes to walk to the train station or somewhere in town where we could meet...though I can't think of anywhere obvious in the city centre that would be easy for you to find on your own, so perhaps we should just meet at the station?
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
Works for me! I'll see you there a little after 5 on Wednesday. My number is 860.328.0426. :) And obviously whatever country code is for the US...
Dec. 28th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Welcome to England :D Hope you have a good time, and that it doesn't rain too much!
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
So far the forecast is sunny! I think it's because I packed rainboots and an umbrella.
Dec. 28th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Just commenting to let you know how much I hate and envy you.

Dec. 29th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Glad you made it safely, and those pictures are gorgeous!
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
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Dec. 29th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
Dec. 29th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
*waves* :)
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
*waves back* Miss you!
Dec. 29th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
OMG U HOR U ARE IN TEH UK. I am SO JEALOUS!!! London! You must post pictu--Oh wait, you are, on flickr. What's your username so I can follow you and see all your pics?

Do these things for me if you can:
1. Go to a Marks and Spencer
2. Go to a Tesco
3. Go to a WHSmith or Waterstones
4. Go to a Forbidden Planet
5. Find David Tennant, healing from his back surgery, put an ice pack on him and put him on a plane and send him over here to me
Ehehe. Disregard that one.

Dec. 29th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
I'm wolfsavard on flickr, too.

Is there anything you want me to do in these places?

Also, re: Tennant, I am so upset because I am seeing Hamlet tomorrow and he won't be in it. :(
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Well, let's see. Number 1 is a department store, but it has a great cafe and a Whole Foods-style grocery store with less of Whole Foods' pricing. Number 2 is the best analogy to Target, although ones in city centres are probably Metros or Expresses and therefore just have food mostly, but there is a good place to buy lots of candy. Number 3 is like Borders and number 4 is the best sci-fi merchandise store in the UK. Basically, I'm just extolling the virtues of shopping. :D

Oh, I know!! But trust me, he's probably even more upset than you. :( I wonder if people have been asking for refunds because they only wanted to see it for him.
Dec. 29th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Just keep posting on Twitter; I keep up with you on there more than anywhere. xD
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
No problem. :) I don't have the tweets turned on to my phone, but I'll see replies when I get home at the end of the day.
Dec. 30th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
OH I just noticed you were watching Nevermind the Buzzcocks. YAY I would love to actually watch it live, or at least like, on a real tv. That's so cool. <3 Simon Amstell.
Dec. 30th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
That sucks that the flight was so bad but it's good you got to take a nap. Those pictures look like it's worth the trip!
Feb. 20th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
I hate these long flights. It's no fun when you're tall and your legs don't fit anywhere! But you forget all about it when you reach your destination.
Aww, London. I miss the city so much ♥
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
I was so lucky on the way home that the person next to me (who had the aisle seat) changed because the flight was empty. I got the streeetch out. :)

I miss London terribly. I feel pangs of longing in my chest going through my pictures.
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