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My Vacation in England, Part 1 - Flying on My Own

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by , 4th November 2012 at 08:54 AM (288 Views)
This is not a made up story, these are my accounts of my 3 days vacation in the London area.

Yes, this was my first flight by myself. No friends, no family, no one I know.

While I was still in the country I was still a bit nervus, calling my family every few minutes; but once I entered the plane and turned my cellphone off, it was kind of liberating.
The flight was a low-cost flight, which means no space for the legs, no way to sit back and everything must be bought, even food.
Even though I flew from Israel, there was basicly no one who spoke Hebrew. It was basicly either English or Russian, and to quote Justin Hammer from Iron Man 2: "I don't speak RUSSIAN!" so there was no one to talk to.
But even through all that, it was still a good flight; the flight attendants were nice, I had something to read (The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling), and, when not over clouds or sea, the view was amazing; hundreds of tiny light glittering in the dark, as if the plane was upside down and I was looking down at the stars.

A few hours after takeoff we landed in Luton Airport, a quiet, sleepy little airport, that at that time (21:00 GMT) was nearly empty.
I entered through Border Security, claimed my baggage, and went outside. Immediatly the freezing English air froze my face. Compared to the warm Israeli weather (about 27 degrees C) the weather at night in London (about 5 degrees C) was like going from Mars to Pluto.
I ate a small meal at the airport and got on a bus to central London.

After about an hour on the road, I found myself in Victoria Central Station. I got a taxi from there to the hotel. A man in his 50s with a heavy Cockney accent welcomed me into his cab and we were off. The driver was very nice and pleasent, talking to me about my vacation and the weather.

Finally I arrived at a small street near Earl's Court where a small hotel resided at its end. Even though I arrived way after the last check-in time on my vaucher, the man at the check-in desk was very nice, explaining to me about my room and the breakfest time; and was very interested in my home country of Israel, the politics, the weather and such.

After all of this I went to my room, unpacked most of my stuff, got undressed and immediatly fell asleep.

Next time, Part 2 - My visit to the Warner Bros Studio Tour London (with pictures)

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  1. AlphaMouse's Avatar
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    Welcome to England!

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