Thanks for everyone’s patience as I get back in my groove after my trip! I am finally going through my pictures of London, and hopefully India soon!
Honestly, I had a difficult time in London. It was the farthest I had ever been away from home, and even though it is very similar to the US, it is still very different.
My first thought when I got off the plane was that London is exactly how it is portrayed in movies, books, etc. Dreary, cloudy, rainy, foggy, blah. This was the very fabulous view from my hotel room.
Our hotel was very close the the airport, and supposedly was an “airport hotel”. Meaning that a lot of pilots and flight attendants stay at this hotel in between trips. I guess I thought for that reason it would be easier for foreigners to adapt, but I did not find that to be the case!
When we got to the hotel, I had some issues with my credit cards not working – even though I had called them to tell them I would be traveling outside the US. That in itself was very frustrating, and left me feeling like I was penniless! I did eventually get that resolved, but it was very stressful. Then when I got up to my room, there was the power adapter issue. I knew that the power outlets would be different in the UK, but no one at the hotel seemed to know what kind of converter I would need for my US devices.
After a nap, and being able to connect with my husband, I felt slightly better, but I just wasn’t enjoying my time in London. Dinner at the hotel was less than stellar, so I was actually looking forward to the next day when I would meet my UK based co-workers.
That part definitely was better, and we did get our work goals accomplished, and they showed us around a little bit.
We were only in London for 3 days, so we didn’t have much time to do a lot of sightseeing. However, on the last day, we took the tube (underground train) into London, and had a little fun.
Mmmmm coffee! Strong coffee! My hubby had told my coffee in London would probably be more like espresso, and it was! It was good though!
We saw the London Eye, Big Ben, Parliament …
A few random thoughts:
- In the US, when our stoplights turn – they go green, yellow, red, then back in green. In London, they go green, yellow, red, back to yellow, then green. So everyone will start taking off when the light hits yellow!
- I really got carsick, and I never get carsick! I think it was a combination of driving on the wrong side of the road (for me), sitting in the backseat (something I never do – I am usually driving!), and all the roundabouts in London. I never actually got sick, but I was queasy a lot of the time!
- None of the food in London really spoke to me. It was ok – but I didn’t have anything that was totally awesome. I had lots of fried food (something I don’t normally eat), and some ok chicken dishes. Plus it didn’t help the guy from work that was with me is totally a fast food kind of person
- Here is the US, when crossing a street, I am used to looking right, then looking left. It was the opposite in London, and I was constantly looking the wrong way! In downtown London, and streets actually told you which way to look!
- The first day at work, when we went out to lunch, I asked for ice tea, and they looked at me like I was crazy. I did eventually get some iced tea, but I guess it isn’t common to drink there?
All in all, it was a good experience, and the people I met at work really made my time there. Soon we were leaving, and it was off to India!