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London Fog

July 21, 2009

So tomorrow is the big day. We take off (hopefully) at approximately 8:50 in the morning. No, it’s not ideal. But since we are flying standby to take advantage of a serious discount, we wanted to be sure to get on a flight, and this one (obviously) is wideeee open. Hopefully that means we’ll get to fly first class! My friend ‘I’ said she got a first-class pod on her way over a couple of weeks ago so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. :)

I finished packing a few minutes ago and it was remarkably painless. Of course, when packing is painless it always makes me feel like I have forgotten underwear or something else major. But no, this time I worked in sections, flitting from the bathroom and organizing toiletries to my bedroom, weeding out unnecessary clothes, packing my carry on, fixing up my wallet and separating out my liquids for the plane. Now that I think of it, it was sort of a chaotic way to pack, just moving wherever I felt like and abandoning projects that didn’t work at the time. Eventually I got everything in to its appropriate places and did it with room to spare. I have plenty of room in my suitcase for food, new clothes, souvenirs, more new clothes! I’m bringing one suitcase (looks like a duffel bag but has wheels and is rather ingenious), one backpack as my carry on, one over the shoulder bag for travel and to use during the day sightseeing, my purse (big boho style bag) and one clutch. Or maybe two. I can’t decide between them. I tried to pack fairly light, mostly nice tops, dresses and skirts and some shorts/t-shirts for the sightseeing parts of the day. I hear London is quite posh in dress (I can’t remember from when I was there last) and especially for the theatre and restaurants, it’s important to look nice. So, that’s that!

Since the last post I made on the subject, I have taken some proactive measures against the conflicts that are sure to arise. I created a powerpoint presentation (yes, nerd, yes) highlighting (via cartoons from Bitstrips) the consequences of not planning out our trip vs planning our trip! We also made sure to list absolutely everything we wanted to do in London and made some compromises etc etc. I typed out a loose itinerary for the week and we’re doing everything we want :) This includes but is not limited to: Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guards, British Museum, V&A Museum, Chicago, Sister Act, Camden Lock Market, Trafalgar Square, Little Venice, Picadilly Circus, Oxford Street..so many fun and interesting things. I am so excited to go because I think I will really appreciate the city this time around. Last time I went to Britain we were in London for a week and then Wales for three. Also, I was younger, but really what I remember most was the Wales, our relatives, etc. This time around I have my camera, my friends, my style sense. I am ready to be Taking London!

I might try to type some posts on my friends computer (not bringing my baby to London haha) or else I will just blog blog blog when I get home. Also: stay tuned for my review of the Beyonce concert! :)

Wish me luck and bon voyage, I’m going to have the time of my life. :)

Love, s.

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