Entry into London
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I really don't know where to start...honestly! How about a YIPEEEEEEEE - YAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY - FECKIN' HELL - I'm back in London??!!
It all started when I got back from Mexico from my US visa stamping, the next obvious one was of course, the UK's! And my joy knew no bounds when I got a 10 yr multiple Visitor's Visa to the UK. It was really just unbelievable...but then again, when you look at the no. of UK immigration control stamps I've had on my passport, even the British Consulate in L.A perhaps knew this one's a traveller at heart, and just get bloody rid of his regular applications by giving him a decade's right to visit Britain.
OK, step One done. Onto step Two - tickets.
Step Three - the most important - what to do and where to do - again, EAZEE - put all my queries on Tripadvisor and my buddies at KES, and got answers pronto. I had always toyed with the idea of visiting the SW part of England (Devon, Cornwall) but going by their advice, I focussed on just Cornwall. It appeared that there was not only enough to do, but Cornwall seemed more appealing than Devon did, besides it had enough to cover in 5 days allotted. So off I went with my hunt and reservations for train tickets and hostel accomodation. I had designed my trip such that I have a spare day in London.
So nothing was really left except...erm...FLY and work the plan!
I had an exam the previous night (7th May) ending at about 11pm, so that didn't leave me much time to go home and get enough rest. I had thankfully packed the previous weekend itself.
The flight was about 10 minutes early. You must know this was my first arrival into Heathrow in years. Till March'08, flights from DFW would land in Gatwick and I was used to the much smaller less congested airport.
The main aim of this trip was to enjoy without spending where I have a cheaper alternative. So rather than take the HEX to town, I settled for the humble Piccadilly Line. I must admit, I didn't think it would take *that* long. It took me an hour to reach my home away from home - Earl's Court YHA.
I was looking forward to the stay at the YHA for 2 reasons. For one, it's where I always stay when I'm in London except for my trip 2 years ago when it was closed because of the fire. Next, I was looking forward to the new look YHA after the fire. My admission was fine, and I was given a room in the garden (detached from the main building and on the basement) which was good. What was EVEN better was that it was JUST me! The other 5 beds were empty for that night.
I looked around the hostel - it's been done up quite well. For 1 thing, they now sell pastries and drinks at the reception 24/7 which is good. The lounges are also much better (aka, the sofa no longer creeks) but the internet and the prices are still the same - bloody expensive (1 GBP for 15 mins).
I went to bed around 1am that night. I felt relaxed as I had slept well on the plane... I only kept wondering what to do with my free Friday. It wasn't so much about seeing the sights (heaven knows there's never a dearth of that), it was more of "which is the cheapest on National Rail?". It really was VERY VERY annoying. But oh well, I'm in LONDON!!