As time to leave to London came closer and closer, I never found myself thinking along the lines of “I’m moving to London in less than 2 weeks” and then come the day we arrived, it still hasn’t really hit me that “hey, I’m in London.”
It’s now the third day that we have been in London and I still doesn’t really feel like anything has change much other than where we are living. It feels as if we just moved around the block to a new house and the fact that we are on a different continent hasn’t been a factor. If it hasn’t hit me now, I don’t think it’ll ever really hit me. The only things that just come to mind is that I just find things weird and different but more on that later.
We arrived at around 10am on October 21st at the London Gatwick airport flying with Thomas Cook Airlines and I’d have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at our flight. I was dreading the flight to London as it was going to be an estimated 9 hours and 40 minutes to arrive. All I kept hearing was how bad the seats were and the service and just about everything. Josh described it as imagine sitting in a wooden chair facing the wall with your feet against the wall for the entire flight. Fortunately, when we actually got on the plane, it really wasn’t that bad and I would say it was comparable to WestJet. Everybody on the plane received a small pillow, blanket and water bottle for the flight. We also got lucky with the fact that since there was an extra 100 seats not being occupied by people, the person beside us switched seats to a different spot giving us 3 seats to ourselves to spread out rather than being cramped into the 2.
The plane ride was smooth and I think they arrived ahead of the scheduled 9 hours and 40 minutes, which was nice. Unfortunately, once we walked about 10-15 minutes to the customs gate carrying our ridiculously heavy carry-ons, we saw the line and it wasn’t a short wait. I think there must have been at least 400 people on the non-UK passport side while the UK passports side had the same amount, their line was moving twice as fast as ours. We waited about 2 hours before we finally got through. We took so long to get through customs that by the time we got to pick up our luggage, workers have moved them from the carousel to the ground and there was only ours.
Josh said he was worried that he missed us from arriving at the airport that when he asked a services desk to page us and was asked what flight we arrived on, the person only laughed and said that they were definitely still back there.
Taking the trains from the airport to our apartments was exhausting and tiring. The first thing I noticed was that it must be extremely hard for people in wheelchairs to get around as there are mainly stairs everywhere and when there is a ramp, it’s extremely steep. There are people at all the stations that help with that by putting the ramps onto the doorways but still, not quite as wheelchair friendly as Canada is. I only noticed this because we were carrying our luggage and mine alone weighed about 70lb and after travelling all day and then being up while you should be sleeping, doesn’t make for the best of times.
Arriving in our apartment was a nice sight to see after travelling for so long but as soon as we got home, we had to head out to get supplies so we could sleep that night as our bed linen did have sheets and a duvet but I wouldn’t trust them as they had stains on them. Josh took us to a place where we got to experience what people do all over London and that is people set up stalls all over the street to sell their wares. This one that we went to is located by Woolich Arsenal and it’s not the best market as we soon learnt the very next day when we went to Greenich market but it’s where we got enough supplies to get us set up in our new home for the next while.
The way people live in London sometimes doesn’t make sense to me. Things like our bathroom sink has the hot and cold water taps seperated from each other so to get warm water, you either have to use the hot water tap before it gets too hot or plug the sink so it fills up and pour both hot and cold water into it and fill it up to use. The fact that it’s rare to have a dryer in the place is really odd to me as it takes about a day and a night to dry your clothes or that windows don’t have screens on them so if you keep them open, bugs and other stuff can get into your house easily. Just odd I find and doesn’t make any sense to me.
We stayed up about 26 hours travelling from Vancouver to London before sleeping and I think I was pretty much adjusted to the time here the very next day. Go me!
More to come soon as we have hardly spent any time at home as we constantly go out and when we get home, we’re exhausted from being out all day that we just want to sleep. I have pictures to post but being on an internet stick, it’s pretty bad for uploading big files, like pictures.