Here I am in London! The adventure truly begins here.
I left Katharine’s, in Ashland, at 5 AM for the airport, flew to LA and rented a car to drive LA county courthouse to visit Lili for lunch. It was a lovely meal in an elegant downtown restaurant. Next I drove to Santa Monica beach for a little walk in the sand and ocean before going back to LAX for my flight, I can’t get close to a beach without putting my feet in. It was lovely sunny day in Los Angeles. Lili took this photo of me when I was through last month at the very beginning.
I had thought I would read books on my phone on the plane, but I ended up watching the movie Lion and then the Fantastical Beasts, it was a ten hour flight nonstop. I was pleased to see a couple of movies I had wanted to see. It was very difficult to sleep sitting straight up – I thought with a window seat I could lean against wall, but the configuration of the seats created a gap between my seat and the wall, so no luck. I arrived in London about 24 hours after leaving Ashland with essentially no sleep. The plane food was definitely now gluten free! My eyes were buggy and my head spun – I had to do some walking to catch the right free bus to the Ibis motel. I had a very helpful British Airways staff person who was going to the same bus stop point out where to go. I checked in and fell asleep in the bath and then just crawled into bed. It is a very efficient, well planned room that I prepaid online through Booking.com. I had planned on walking in the sun to acclimate, but did not happen.
I did remember to get some Pounds at the airport and studied them this evening so I can hopefully use them wisely. I am planning on using my credit card mostly.
Tomorrow morning, at 7 AM, I will catch the iconic, red, double-decker bus back to the airport to fly to Inverness. I am glad I gave myself some time to recover near Heathrow. The advantage of traveling by myself is I can be up and down all night without bothering anyone else. Though I expect to sleep well tonight.
I had a very active visit in Ashland staying with Katharine. The spring weather was beautiful.
We walked extensively daily, I added on a spinning class and helping to move a huge bark chip pile, so I felt well exercised. Also ate very well, so was ready for the trip.
I sorted through my belongings to get my travel things down to all fitting in a carry on suitcase plus my under the seat back pack. It was tough! I tried to just bring the clothes, supplements, etc. that I could not replace easily here. I did gate check my carry on bag at the London flight gate for free – I just was tired of lugging it around all day.
Before my London flight, I looked all over through my bag for my back up battery unit for my nearly dead phone, did not find until I arrived at the London motel – just where I thought it was! The good news is the airplane seat back in front of me had my own USB charger port and movie screen, games and flight information, so I did not need charger, just the cord which I did have my hands on. Frustrating to misplace things like that, but it all turned out right in the end.