Arrived in London

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.

Good night!

17 thoughts on “Arrived in London

  1. Nicole Harris

    I’m so glad to hear that your are doing well and travelling! Best wishes on the next phase of your life!

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  2. Jackie Marshall

    Glad you arrived safe and sound! It definitely is a long flight. You are in some beautiful surroundings. Enjoy your time there!!

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  3. Katharine Danner

    Here’s a Haggis recipe just in case you need it OR are tempted to eat it in Scotland 🙂
    Ingredients:
    1 sheep stomach
    1 sheep liver
    1 sheep heart
    1 sheep tongue
    1/2 pound suet, minced
    3 medium onions, minced
    1/2 pound dry oats, toasted
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon dried ground herbs
    Directions:
    Rinse the stomach thoroughly and soak overnight in cold salted water.
    Rinse the liver, heart, and tongue. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook these parts over medium heat for 2 hours. Remove and mince. Remove any gristle or skin and discard.
    In a large bowl, combine the minced liver, heart, tongue, suet, onions, and toasted oats. Season with salt, pepper, and dried herbs. Moisten with some of the cooking water so the mixture binds. Remove the stomach from the cold salted water and fill 2/3 with the mixture. Sew or tie the stomach closed. Use a turning fork to pierce the stomach several times. This will prevent the haggis from bursting.
    In a large pot of boiling water, gently place the filled stomach, being careful not to splash. Cook over high heat for 3 hours.
    Serve with mashed potatoes, if you serve it at all.
    Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

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    1. DrValeria Post author

      Oh my! So that is how it is made. I had brains one trip a long time ago and really couldn’t eat them because of the texture

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  4. Jan

    Good travel report- so fun to hear that all is going to plan so far! Hope you have some added rest time in Scotland.

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  5. Dorothy Young

    So glad to hear about your safe arrival. You are in store for a wonderful adventure in Scotland! Enjoy!

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  6. Mary Ellen O'Brien

    Glad to hear you made it to London. Quite an adventure ahead of you. Sorry I didn’t get to talk to you before you left. I sent you a text and left a phone message so hope you got them. Tale care!

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  7. Pam Kraus

    Yeah! Sounds like a decent start to the big adventure. The flight to London is hellish, I got minimal sleep on it myself. Enjoy it all and keep us in the loop!💜

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