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Day 0: Edinburgh or Bust (oops)

UK Trip 2005: A Tronkie Travellogue
Day 0: Manhattan, KS, USA - London, UK

22:30 - 01:37 CST: chatting, finishing tasks on the FIBR and SUROP projects.
01:45: Time to "get up" and hit the road.
02:15: The moon is full, but distant, the air cool. A good night for setting out.
02:18: Banamum does the initial driving. I take the passenger seat, still a bit drowsy.
02:50: You know Banadad has the luxury of being in the backseat when consipiracy theories on peanut growing and the airline industry are trotted out.
03:00: It's back to pencil-on-paper blogs for me!
03:00 - 04:00: Assorted naps punctuate my thoughts this morning. The hum of the road lulls me and the sporadic headlights of cars on the other side of the highway jar me awake.
04:10: Hungry. Jarred awake by Banadad's warnings about sundry exits to get to the airport.
04:45: Arrive and repack. You've heard of the "Chinese fire drill" (which has no roots in any culture I know of)? Well, our Chinese family does actually shuffle luggage contents before boarding.
05:10: The first shuttle bus leaves out of lot C-2, All That Jazz (edit, 00:25 CST Tue 09 Aug 2005 - I can't believe I wrote this down and still didn't remember that it was C-2!)
05:30: In line to check in.
05:50: Security screening - shoes and socks. No power outlet. Sit in the terminal and wait briefly.
06:10: Board. Every time I get on a plane and am dragging a rolling suitcase through the aisles, I will be reminded of that Capital One commercial with the thwarted viking-turned-flight attendant whose morningstar hits passengers in the face.
06:15: In-flight magazines give me a feeling of power.
06:25: American Airlines flight 1611, MCI (Kansas City International) to ORD (Chicago O'Hare International), flight time 56 minutes.
07:20: On the ground at ORD. Struggle to jimmy my power adapter into a finicky power outlet, the only available one.
08:40: Start boarding American Airlines flight 90, ORD to LHR (London Heathrow), flight time 7 hours, 10 minutes. Notice the guy next to me is reading Atlas Shrugged. It's odd, but people are often reading either Rice or Rand on planes. I wonder what it means.
09:12: The London temperature is 62F (17C).
10:05: Flying over the Midwest.
10:30 - 12:00: 1.5 hours of 2.5 Men.
12:00: Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. What? It was funny!
14:13: Start reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
14:43: Realize that I made a serious booking error.
16:00: Flying over Ireland; watch the flight map on the little screens set into the headrest in front of me. Blackpool, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, and London. It's exciting to see these names I've read so many times and realize I'm flying over each city for the first time.
17:10 CST / 23:10 GMT: On the ground, going through customs. The custom agent observes that she and I have the same birthday.
23:30: Hire a car. 55 pounds to get to the Globetrotter Inn in central London (Hammersmith), 70 to get to Gatwick tomorrow. Hrm. Yep, we got fleeced a tad bit. This happens a lot; you'd think I'd learn. Well, the driver (not a cabbie as nearly as I can tell) is a Pakistani aerospace engineer and graduate student. "Inshallah," he says. Indeed.
23:45: Check into the Globetrotter Inn.
00:05: Call and cancel the car for tomorrow.
00:10 - 01:20: Planning for tomorrow and the return trip. I seem to have failed to communicate what the hostels and their amenities would be like.



(Click on any photo to get the full-size version.)

--
Banazir

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de_profundiis
Aug. 9th, 2005 07:51 am (UTC)
have fun while you're there...

BTW may I suggest an excellent bookstore in London. It's called 'Murder one' ant it's on Charing Cross road I believe. 1st floor crime/true crime/detective novels - basement sci-fi/fantasy books ^_^
banazir
Aug. 9th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
Back in the good old US of A already
I'm back in Kansas now, but I'll keep your suggestion in mind for my next trip across the pond!

Thanks,
Banazir
carida_46
Aug. 9th, 2005 09:50 am (UTC)
Whoa!!
Did you write it all down? You couldn't possibly have remembered it all.....

03:00: It's back to pencil-on-paper blogs for me! - aha!

16:00: Flying over Ireland; watch the flight map on the little screens set into the headrest in front of me. Blackpool, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, and London. It's exciting to see these names I've read so many times and realize I'm flying over each city for the first time. - that's the part I like about travel. Hearing or seeing a 'place' and being able to pinpoint it in memory with *pictures*.
banazir
Aug. 9th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Whoa!!
Did you write it all down? You couldn't possibly have remembered it all.....
I remember a lot, but if I used my memory to retain times as well - or even if I relied on the timestamps on my photos - I'd have no room left for the 50 or so new research ideas and 100 or so new items on my to-do list!

03:00: It's back to pencil-on-paper blogs for me! - aha!
For the first four days, anyhow. By the 28th I'd stopped writing, and was relying on photographs. I took copious notes (about three pages in my very cramped and small print) on the bus tour to Loch Ness on the 1st. By the 2nd of August I was back to using Hirilonde (my Dell Inspiron 6000) to take notes, both at IJCAI and about Scottish telly.

It's exciting to see these names I've read so many times and realize I'm flying over each city for the first time. - that's the part I like about travel. Hearing or seeing a 'place' and being able to pinpoint it in memory with *pictures*.
Indeed! I seldom take window seats any more, and we were in the center five rows on the transatlantic flight, but it was amazing to see how close together everything actually was!

--
Banazir
doomedtoreality
Aug. 9th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
06:15: In-flight magazines give me a feeling of power.

me too. have fun!
banazir
Aug. 9th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
In-flight magazines and the feeling of power
me too.
You too? How so?
(I'll explain more later, after I've finished a few more days of my travellogue.)

have fun!
I did! Still am, while looking over my photos.

--
Banazir
thanatos_kalos
Aug. 9th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
I usually opt for the train or coach from the airports into the city. much cheaper.

And I'm jealous.
banazir
Aug. 9th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Train/coach versus cab/car
I usually opt for the train or coach from the airports into the city. much cheaper.
For one, yes. 17.5 quid a head, though, so it works out about the same for three (actually, it should be cheaper for three).

And I'm jealous.
But I'm just getting started!

--
Banazir
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