Smokey" twice in the past two weeks -- once to get to London and once to get out of London, yesterday. Heathrow was closed between 1am and 7am, and I was supposed to leave at 10am. That pissant ash cloud could only delay me by a mere hour and fifteen minutes. Eejit!
Anyway, here are some quick hits on the Brits:
- The Brits are unrepentant jaywalkers, and I both love them (for not obeying dumb rules) and hate them for it (almost got killed several times for being a blind follower).
- The food was great. The fried haddock and steak ale pie at World's End in Edinburgh was top notch. Don't listen to the naysayers.
- It wasn't that expensive. Transportation costs were high (get the Oyster card in London!), but you can find reasonable lodging (Travelodge) and food (pubs) if you try.
- I love traveling during elections. Saw Sarkozy get elected in Japan, Merkel get elected while in Paris, and Obama get elected while in Barcelona. This time I got to be there during the election and aftermath of a hung parliament (not as sexy as it sounds) and then watched as the the Tories and the Lib Dems eked out a coalition. Exciting stuff.
- According to British folk, I have a very strange accent. They couldn't really understand me all the time, even though I had no problem hearing most of them, most of the time. It's good to learn about how others perceive you. Now I will fashion myself a King's English the quality of which Chicago has never seen.