22 Oct 2006
|I arrived in London yesterday about 10am local time after an 8.5hr flight from Miami in which I didn't sleep at all... I met an old dude, Peter, in the plane sitting next to me who gave me a lift to my hotel from Heathrow. I know I would never do anything like that at home, getting a lift with a complete stranger, but he didn't seem like an axe murderer...
"[The traveller] may feel assured, he will meet with no difficulties or dangers, excepting in rare cases, nearly so bad as he beforehand anticipates. In a moral point of view, the effect ought to be, to teach him good-humoured patience, freedom from selfishness, the habit of acting for himself, and of making the best of every occurrence. . . Travelling ought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he will discover, how many truly kind-hearted people there are, with whom he never before had, or ever again will have any further communication, who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistance." -Charles Darwin
The weather in London was a balmy 18C and sunny, so all the freezing cold rain that I was warned about hasn't materialised yet. Although it was still a temperature drop from the 38C of Central America!
I was keen to get a head start on the shopping and headed straight for Oxford Street after dropping my bag at the hotel (I couldn't check in til after 2pm). And then I wandered in an out of shops for 4 hours and bought absolutely nothing!! It was a disaster!! I don't know what happened to me. Well, actually I do. Its called very tired and jet lagged... So I went and had a pedicure instead and got my poor feet back to normal after my barefoot hike in Omatepe.
Last night I met up with Sean, Penny and Tony (who I travelled through Mexico and Guatemala with) went out to dinner and a few clubs in central London. I had a fabulous time and it was so much fun meeting up with them and I have secured Penny as a shopping buddy to take me around today and ensure I buy some suitable clothes!
Am loving London so far!! So great to be in a real city and back to civilisation again...I can drink the water, read a menu, speak English, put toilet paper in the toilet..all those little things you take for granted!
Pics to follow soon...forgot my camera :)
Shopping much more successful today. All I needed was a big night out and an even bigger sleep in this morning :)