We are here! 2.5 hour flight to Charlotte, NC, 6 hour layover and then a 9 and some hour flight to Gatwick Airport. This trip wasn’t so bad because I actually slept most of the way here so while it was 9:30 am and we were landing, it didn’t feel like 3:30am Austin time. It took us about 3 hours to get to our hotel – between customs/immigration, grabbing a train to Victoria station, a bus to Paddington and then walk to figure out where our hotel was.
We got to our room (which is a bit small but I’m not complaining with the deal we got in Notting Hill) and I really wish I could post pictures but this connection is anarchic. I guess I will try at the end of the blog, but no promises.
We arrived at our hotel, placed our luggage in the luggage room and headed out to find something to eat. We arrived at a little cafe named Aphrodite cafe (or something like that) and had some sandwiches. It was a Greek family that owned the place and I loved to hear them talk. We also heard some Croation on the train to Victoria as well. So yes… I now know I like “white coffee” or coffee with milk. Its really a culture shock to re-learn how to order things. We went back to our hotel and slept. The 6 hour difference isn’t as bad as Japan, but damn its still hard.
We got dressed at like 6 amd headed out again. We ate some fish and chips at this awesome little shop (that reallt specialized in kabobs, but whatev). There we heard some Arabic and even saw a certificate certifying that the lamb used in the kabobs were fit for Muslim consumption. I thought that was neat. So our fish had salt and vinegar added and it was all good.
We headed out to an awesome little club called the Notting Hill Art Club that has free shows on Wednesday. It honestly wasn’t anything different than anything you would find in Austin, but some of the people were really rude! The pushed me out of the way to stand in my place. The music choice was definitely interesting: Arctic Monkeys, Madonna, Daft Punk. 🙂
Anyway, we left early due to the rudeness, but whatev, its all good, we need to rest anyways. Saw some really good bands – Orange out of Italy and an AWESOME band called The Vortex out of Manchester. They are pretty damn awesome.
So, yes. Shower needed to wash off the grimy B.O. of fat rude people in a hot underground venue. 🙂
***EDIT: Sorry about the dupes.