holiday

Dec. 3rd, 2002 09:05 am
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Before I sound like I had a miserable time (because of the flight home), I want to stress that a single incident can't ruin my memories of what was otherwise a really great week. I think it might actually have been our most successful November holiday yet. We were much more relaxed than normal, we got to see (if briefly!) many of the people we most wanted to see, and we visited lots of places we'd never been before. (I spent more than 20 minutes in the British Museum this trip, went to Tenebrae, shopped the High Street, walked the Strand and went up in the London Eye!)

Fiona is a wonderful host and it was great to spend so much time together. It was lovely to meet Danielle and Kate and Colleen and Christa, and spend quality time with Juamei and Sarah and Clive and Cat and Jems and Ellen, and catch up with Fluffy and Incy and Steve and Paul and many others. (LJ-tags for all these people have been removed because this paragraph looked absurd with so many little livejournal heads in it).

Three days isn't a very long time, or at least, it doesn't seem like it when you're insanely busy and you don't sleep much. I had a perfect night's sleep Wednesday night, and I think that carried me through most of the week. Wednesday afternoon was quiet and relaxing. Between Thursday and Saturday, however, I met up with loads of people, did lots of shopping, wandered a museum, did more shopping, had a late night in a pub, a late night at a club, and a late night at a gig. All of which were great fun. :)

Sunday was slightly slower-paced. We left Fiona's around noonish (I was dragging my feet, probably deliberately), checked into our hotel, met Cat, all wandered to Canary Wharf to meet Jem & Ellen, had a fantastic time all together at dinner, and eventually said teary goodbyes.

On the way back, we detoured to the London Eye and as there was no queue, we went up on it to see the city at night. We purchased our souvenir photo (warning: may raise blood sugar levels). Then we went back to the hotel and found fresh berries in our room, so we raided the mini-bar for the champagne and had a long, hot bubble bath with Moet & Chandon and berries on the side. Very romantic evening, and a lovely end to a lovely holiday!

nonstop!

Nov. 29th, 2002 05:34 pm
lapis_lazuli022: (boots)
Yesterday:

Lunch and the british museum with [livejournal.com profile] juamei - great fun and great photos! The professional postcards almost didn't measure up. ;)

Pub was nice if quiet. Saw lots of people, met new people. Came home. Couldn't fall asleep all night, but ended up having a nice long talk with Matt.

Today:

Shopping shopping shopping! Didn't buy much, but I got things I really liked and had been looking for. Lunch at Soba. More shopping!

Now: dinner and resting up before going out for the evening. See some of you tonight!
lapis_lazuli022: (boots)
heh :)

Matt is a truly charmed traveler. I'd thought us peons weren't supposed to be eligible for upgrades on international flights, but the moment we checked in at the airport they asked us if we'd like to move to first class.

International flights are much nicer than domestic flights, and international first class isn't the same as domestic first class. It's really quite amazing how the other half live. Air travel isn't nearly as much of a chore when you have a comfy seat (with leg room!) that lays flat into a bed, a menu from which you can order gourmet items at any time, complimentary pjs to change into if you'd like to sleep, and a bar you can wander over to if you'd like to stay awake... Lots of perks I'd have been better able to take advantage of if our flight had started at sometime other than 12:30am.

We got to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] zoo_music_girl's lovely flat in the afternoon and relaxed the rest of the day. I have no idea what we're doing today. I presume we'll wander around somewhere and see things and suchlike. :p

Those sneaky gits at Orange told me that if you don't use your pay-as-you-go mobile phone within 6 months, your phone number gets reassigned and you have to register all over again for a new one. That turns out to be false (or perhaps just outdated) information. So, the phone works, and my number has not changed after all. If you need it, let me know!

Now: lounging in my sushi pajamas, drinking tea and nibbling a cheese scone. Might wander back to see if Matt's close to waking up yet. There's too much to do, to stay in bed! :)

one week

Nov. 19th, 2002 10:16 am
lapis_lazuli022: (boots)
I'm deep in thought today, but not depressed. Just making some mental transitions, preparing for next week while I update my tuesday spreadsheets.

Time has crept up silently on its little feet, and I didn't even hear it coming. I've been hoping to avoid my usual pre-London panic this year. Sure enough, it's much less severe than it has been in the past (most likely because some circumstances have changed), but I'm still having a minor panic, manifesting itself as a hair and clothing crisis -- traveling to England is the one situation in which I allow myself to get despicably girly and worry about such things.

Plans currently include Tenebrae on Friday (I've never been) and the RBN/Neuroticfish gig on Saturday. Hopefully we'll see a bunch of you around. :)


[livejournal.com profile] avalon_bliss & [livejournal.com profile] fluffydave, I have USAian pressies for you.
[livejournal.com profile] yaruar, it would be great to see you if you have time.
[livejournal.com profile] gothgems and [livejournal.com profile] lellen, ditto.
[livejournal.com profile] ladycat, don't worry if you can't come down, darling. There's always Whitby.
[livejournal.com profile] liquid_night, are you still thinking about wandering over to London?
[livejournal.com profile] torchsoul, is your offer still open? & I'd love to finally meet you.
[livejournal.com profile] steveslimelight, have you memorized the words? :)
lapis_lazuli022: (Default)
I'm going to keep saying it as long as it keeps being true: we have lipservice to security. We have no actual security.

We flew out of Newark (now Newark Liberty Airport) this weekend. Y'know, one of those airports where one of those flights left from on that day that *started* the whole increased security push in the first place. Not to mention that the airport itself's been renamed in honor of all that, as a daily reminder of it. So you'd expect them to be actively working toward keeping history from repeating itself, wouldn't you?

They're nuts about shoes. I had to take my shoes off and get them x-rayed. There's no metal in them, but they're loafers with solid soles. It was suggested that I proactively put them on the belt with my luggage, so that they wouldn't have to be sent back and examined after we'd gone through.

Once every metal button and shoe and set of nail clippers is scrutinized and you get through the security gate...

past security, there's a Staples office supply store. Where you can purchase such sharp objects as scissors and pushpins, and lots and lots of rope.

Yeah, I feel secure.
lapis_lazuli022: (Default)
A friend is taking her first trip from the US to the UK next week and has asked me for "London for beginners" advice. If you have anything to add, feel free to chime in.

This is what I've come up with so far:

Read more... )

more books

Feb. 14th, 2002 08:25 pm
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I only stopped in The Strand, and I ended up talking to someone in the British History section and never made it to the rest of the shop.... but I did pick up a few books.

These are probably only of interest to Juamei: :)

* Roman Towns in Britain by Guy de la Bedoyere
* Atlas of Prehistoric Britain by John Manley
* Stone Circles of the British Isles by Aubrey Burl

and The English Pub by Michael Jackson (probably not *that* Michael Jackson though, eh?) because it looked interesting. Flipping through I noticed that it had lots of photos of pub signs, and a discussion of several pubs that each claim they're the oldest in England. :)

Add this to the Ackroyd book and the Cohn book, two travel guides, an atlas and an A-Z, and I think we may need to allocate a section of our bookshelves soon.

home

Nov. 26th, 2001 09:24 pm
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This is just to say we made it back in the proper number of pieces. :)

I'm sitting in front of my computer, wearing my favourite pj's, feeling like it's half 2 in the morning even though it's only 9pm.

*yawn* )

*wave*

Nov. 26th, 2001 11:43 am
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Well, I think we're off in a minute or so.

Somehow we managed to have less stuff to pack, despite the acquisition of a pair of rather large boots. Not sure how we managed that.

Everyone's been fantastic, especially the people here at Niceboots who were kind enough to give us a place to stay even though they hardly got to see us, Jem & Ellen, who are wonderful company and whom we'll hopefully be spending more time with on future visits, and FluffyDave & household.

This trip was too short to see all the people I wanted to see, but I'm so exhausted that I don't know if I could realistically handle a longer visit.

We're off to the airport... I can tell this is going to be one of those flights where I cry all the way home. Lack of sleep and intense emotions, all conspire. But it's a good kind of cry, an "I'm realising that I'm cared about and I don't know how else to process how happy I am" cry. I'll try to keep the tears to a minimum... I'll let you know how well I do at it.

You can probably expect a longer entry once I get home.
lapis_lazuli022: (Default)
Last night was the first time I really relaxed in over two months.

Snuggles, curry, wine, Spaceballs, good company and laughter.... Really just a nice evening with nothing to think about and nowhere to be - something I sorely needed.

The day was a bit more stressful, concerned about plans not having been made, exhausted from not sleeping thursday night. We went to Camden to pick up matt's boots but I wasn't enjoying it so we went home instead of doing further wandering. I tried for a bath and a nap and didn't manage either, but I did rest in bed a bit more. Gave Ian & Laurelei their pressies: two more happy customers of Lapis's crochet emporium. Scarves are much easier pressies to bring over than full blankets.

[livejournal.com profile] fluffydave was kind enough to scan in a couple of my nyc photos for me, so I should have them on the web when I get home. He's also made me a cup of tea while I've been checking my mail and LJ - thanks, Dave! - so I'll cut this short and let him have his computer back, and drink my tea. :)
lapis_lazuli022: (Default)
Yesterday was a nearly perfect day. :-)

in a nutshell:

* The Monument
* The Tower
* Warm Beer
* Nice Boots!
* Dinner
* Pub
* Home

or, once more with detail..... )

arrival

Nov. 22nd, 2001 09:33 am
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We're in England! :-)

I can't believe I actually slept last night! This persistent cough (the last remains of my flu/cold thing) means I've been sleeping even less than usual lately, and my first night in a new place is usually sleepless for me... but I got an unprecedented 8 hours of sleep, and feel ready to take on the world, or at least this little piece of it.

Read more... )

Ready? Ha!

Nov. 20th, 2001 03:16 am
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At least I'm not dying my hair this time - that's a first.

I've pretty much settled on clothing. I can't find the black skirt I want to take, but the rest of it is folded up in piles on the coffee table.

I'm going strictly casual this trip. I can't wear eye makeup yet, and I'd feel silly getting all dressed up without it. The frilly skirt and the big boots are staying home. I think it's going to be a "this is the real me, and I admit I'm not a goth" type visit, with the no makeup thing, and the natural hair color, and bringing clothes in colors other than black.

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