Just touched down in London Town -Estelle
WiFi was the equivalent to the air we need to survive during our trip. The second we left customs at Heathrow and realized we could get 30-mins of free WiFi, we stayed in the airport to tell everyone #WEMADEIT. When the time was up, I suggested that we take the Tube instead of the Heathrow Express because it was much cheaper. We got on the blue line tube until we reached our stop at Lambeth North (switching from the blue to the brown line). In total, it was about an hour’s ride from Heathrow. Once we got out of the train station and realized we were in London, it was the most amazing feeling ever. The high was indescribable, that is until we reached the hotel and they wouldn’t let us check-in for another 40-minutes. So with our “loads” of luggage as the brits would say we explored the neighborhood.
We discovered a cute London neighborhood with horses and cobble stone streets. We headed directly to the consignment store which seemed like it was straight out of that movie “The Sweetest Thing” with Cameron Diaz. I was in awe of London’s simplistic elegance. The people were polite and just stared at us with curiosity as to where we just traveled from. One man who resembled Grandpa from The Parent Trap movie, came up to us and carried on the most charming conversation with myself and Taurie. He talked about working in the hotel industry for years and how unprofessional our hotel was for not allowing us to check-in upon arrival. He continued to talk to us as we just marveled over his accent. He was the quintessential old British man with a hearing aid and tweed suit…It was love at first sight.
When we finally got to the hotel, we did a quick change and headed back out to explore Westminster. We followed the road to the London Eye and was captivated by its enormity, It was beautiful and everything I’d ever imagined. We waited on the line for about 15-minutes and spent 20GBP to get on the spectacle. It was awesome to see the whole city from such high peaks. I’m happy I got to do it, but it was definitely a one-time thing.
After the London Eye, we went to meet Desh’s sister for the first time. It was also Desh’s first time meeting her too. Her sister ended up being super cool and took us on an amazing tour of London. We traveled to Piccadilly Circus, the Theatre District, Soho, the Red Light District, and China Town. We ate authentic Chinese food and enjoyed bubble tea as a beverage. I had a blast. We called it a night early, as you could imagine, the jet lag was kicking in.
Once we got to the hotel we wanted to explore London some more, so we walked around the area passing the Imperial War Museum and a bunch of other attractions until we miraculously found a WiFi booth. My mom is either a psychic or has perfect timing because she happened to Facetime me at that very moment. I shared with her the key points of my day and showed her the double-decker buses that passed by. I was so excited to be in London. I wish I could’ve stayed forever.