Well, things got really rushed yesterday, and I didn’t make a last ‘leaving’ post like I normally do and meant to do. Things have been going pretty well, so I’ll give you a quick update:
We left yesterday a little late from DFW but arrived on-time in London Gatwick (LGW). We arrived at 7:20 this morning, and got through passport control pretty quickly, actually. My two checked bags (for the rest of the summer) are checked right the way through to Newcastle, so we didn’t have to worry about them. Once officially ‘in’ the UK, AJ and I dropped off our big clunky hiking bags at a left-luggage claim and took a small bag for the day. We hopped onto the South Terminal Train, then the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station, and we were on our way!
From Victoria Station we walked along to Westminister Abbey, the Houses of Parliment, Big Ben, and the Thames bridge. Also saw the London Eye. Then crossed back over the bridge and headed north, seeing Trafalger square and grabbing a quick sandwich from a little cafe. We finally arrived at the British Museum, which was super-interesting. If only we hadn’t been practically dead on our feet! We got to see the bits AJ really wanted to see, but after I fell asleep after just ‘sitting down to rest for a minute.’ AJ made the call that it was time to go. So we got on a bus back to Victoria, during which it was AJ’s turn to doze, while I stayed awake. He slept on the Gatwick Express back, as well, and we picked up our bags and headed through security to the BA Lounge. We’ve been here for about 3 hours, resting, eating, and taking turns dozing. We’ll arrive in Newcastle around 10:30 tonight… Heh. Then it’s up super-early tomorrow for the train to Whitby!
Brief version of our schedule:
Wed June 28th Whitby
Thurs June 29th York
Fri June 30th York
Sat July 1st Allenheads
Sun July 2nd Allenheads/Newcastle
Mon July 3rd Newcastle
Tues July 4th Holy Island
Wed July 5th Holy Island/Edinburgh/Aberdeen
Thurs July 6th Aberdeen
Fri July 7th Around Aberdeen
Sat July 8th Around Aberdeen
Sun July 9th Around Aberdeen
Mon July 10th AJ Fly Aberdeen -> London Gatwick -> DFW
Emma Fly Aberdeen -> Newcastle
I will return the 4th August!
(For those of you who don’t know – Quakecon reg is Wed June 28th, 9pm Eastern Time)