So, I’m in London right now.
I’m here with Gaylord College for a British Media Tour for a few weeks. I’ll start from the beginning… Yesterday morning.
I got up and flew from OKC to Dallas and then from Dallas to Heathrow. The flight to London was about 9 hours and it was on a massive plane. Luckily, we had TVs in the headrests to watch, but I planned on sleeping instead. I can’t for the life of me sleep on planes, but I got a natural sleeping aid for this flight. It didn’t work. I was awake for the entire flight. When we landed, it was 1 a.m. OKC time and 7 a.m. London time. I was going on adrenaline most of the morning because I really hadn’t slept since Sunday night and it was now early Tuesday morning in OKC.
We took the Tube from Heathrow to our flats…during the morning rush hour. Nothing says “welcome to London” like hundreds of Brits in a rush trying to get to work while you lug heavy luggage up the stairs and down the stairs and on the complete opposite side you are used to. That was more exhausting than the flight. It was frustrating while it was happening (shout out to the guy who carried my luggage up the stairs), but it’s a funny memory. In those types of stressful situations, I tend to be very very calm, which is something Brits are not, during rush hour. I chalk it up to my personality being one that likes to balance out with those around me. Once we made it to our penthouse flat (it’s not as big as that makes it sound), we had orientation and a 45 minute break. By this time I was so tired I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to function, so I took a quick power nap and was ready to hit the town.
We walked a market by our flats and at hummus bowls for lunch and shopped at a market and bought snacks and necessities for the flat. We then took a double-decker red bus to Piccadilly Square and walked around on our own. This is where I got a lot of great photos because we saw Big Ben, Parliament and the London Eye. It was surreal being there, but so fun! We went to this place by the London Eye called the Utterbelly (I think). It was an amphitheater-type place with cow statues everywhere (I don’t know why) and a bar and little food huts. I tried Pimm, which is like a lemonade cider drink and it was really delicious. Then for dinner I had a Belgian waffle with chocolate. Who says UK food isn’t good? It was a group of us girls that sat at the Utterbelly for a few hours laughing and talking. I’ve noticed this on the Tube too, but Americans are much louder than the Brits.
We left the Utterbelly and made our way back to the Tube. We got on the right line, but going the wrong direction and eventually figured it out. It wasn’t too bad, but then again, I wasn’t in a rush like every other person. This concluded Day 1 on the town. After that I napped and unpacked and got ready to pass out in bed for several hours.
Day 1 High:
Seeing Big Ben and hanging out with friends at the Utterbelly like true Brits
Day 1 Low:
Tube during rush hour with my suitcase