Oh Mary, this London's a wonderful sight...

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End May 24, 2010


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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ah, the arrival in London. By this point I was over the fear, and basically just sick of being on a plane. I got off the plane, took the ridiculously long walk through the airport to customs (a very simple affair, thank goodness) and to the luggage pick up area etc. My next worry was taking the Underground from the airport to my hotel. We don't have an underground system at home, so this was all new for me.
After the looong walk through hallways and tunnels etc, I get to the Underground. I had no idea what kind of ticket I needed so I just bought whatever looked right at the machine (I could have, of course gone to a booth and talked to a real human, but I was too tired and terrifed to think of that at this point). A train was there when I got down to the platform but as I stepped up to it the doors nearly closed on my face so I stepped back and decided to wait for the next one. I was pleasantly surprised to see that one arrived about 4 minutes later (I'm used to the bus system at home. If I miss a bus, it's a good 20-30 minutes before another one arrives). My hotel was right on the Piccadilly Line, so I just found a seat, held on to my bags and prepared for the 50 minute ride to Russell Square.
Near the end of my journey there, the couple next to me started to talk to me, after having seen my Canadian flag luggage tag. They ended up being from Calgary, and were headed to the British Museum, right near my hotel. So we all got off at Russell Square, and they pointed me in the direction of my hotel, which I was very thankful for. I had the directions written down in my bag, but it was pouring rain and I didn't want to get them out!
Once I got to my hotel I checked in, and was surprised to learn that I could go to my room right away (check in was at 2pm, and it was like 10am at this point). So I headed up to the 7th floor, found my room, and was surprised to see that I had a single room. I'm fairly sure that I paid for a twin share, but I was pretty happy to have a room to myself (though I did end up getting rather lonely for a few days).
I then headed out to wander around the Russell Square area. I went to the British Museum for a little while, but it was so packed with people, and it was just too overwhelming for me, so I headed back outside and found a little convenience/grocery store to buy myself some snacks and such. It was still pouring rain at this point so I figured I'd just head back to my room.
I ended up spending the afternoon texting my mom and watching a movie on TV, then napping. Great way to spend (waste!) my first day in London, I guess? I had supper at the Night & Day pub at the hotel, a margherita pizza, which is just a fancy European word for plain ol' cheese pizza. After that, it was back to the hotel room for a nice long sleep.
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