Getting into the London mood, and out of jetlag!
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It seems that I just finished hitting "Publish Entry" on my last London travelogue...and here we are again! A new year, a new season and ANOTHER trip to London! This one as all know was a sudden one, thank God for AA's lovely deal of 400$ and the fact that I had a few days of approved vacation as well.
Anyways, onto the real deal. My departure from Dallas the previous evening was a breeze. I simply cannot say enough nice things about the new Terminal D at the DFW Airport. Really big, spacious and security check gets done in minutes. The plane however was small and crowded. I couldn't even fit my duffelbag in the overhead and had to check it in last minute. They've changed the special meals option at AA to including all the options in one itself, which means that whilst I asked for a vegetarian meal, I ended up getting a lactose free dairy free vegan meal.
The flight landed at Gatwick at 10am GMT, and boy! was it lovely to see the place. I love the airport, for some reason! Best part was, you'd think a London airport is always buzzing with people and flights, but LGW was empty at 10am when we landed. Immigration check got done in a jiffy and I was on Gatwick Express within minutes. Unlike my previous visit, I didn't feel very hungry and didn't bother with either breakfast or coffee. Reached Victoria, bought my new Oyster card (way way better than that stupid paper card) and headed to Earl's Court.
Walking up the tube onto Earl's Court was an experience by itself.
It was a bit sunny albeit breezy. Nice weather but you definitely needed a fleece. There's a nice coffee shop that's opened up at the corner of the road predictably titled 'Cafe Du Coin'. Lunch was a nice "Bombay Spice" roll with a spicy potato-onion filling, and a cappa.
Like Earl's Court, heading down Covent Garden was an UTTER joy, as ever. My path seemed predictable as well, first FCUK followed by Neal's Yard followed by the Piazza. Loved the feeling. Went to stores, went window shopping but covered more stores than my visit last time, probably cos I found nothing good to buy! Neal's Yard was as colourful as ever, and the Piazza was the Piazza. I bought my usual Thorntons and stayed around the area looking at the usual artists that perform on street corners there. Either it's jetlag or I'm economising more than I think, but I couldn't believe my visit to Covent Garden was so short and I was walking back with 2 free hands! Went to the nearby HMV that was buzzing with the Brit Award winners (more James Blunt, poor Brits!) and walked back to the station to catch a train to Oxford Street.
Arriving on OXFORD STREET, like the Covent and Earl's Court experience was like meeting an old friend. Spent a few minutes at Topman, onto H&M, FCUK and UCB before heading down to River Island and ... Thorntons! Walked around the street for a while before heading back to the hostel.
I stopped by M&S, picked up lovely mango yoghurt, mousakka and a salad and headed back and breakfast for the next set of days (bread, blueberry preserve, cereal and milk). Had dinner and tried sleeping by 10pm. Woke up by 1am and couldn't sleep till 6am...oops! First time in a long time I seem to be getting affected by jetlag THIS MUCH!