My first trip to London was in late February 2006. I hadn’t been back since, and if you had asked me a month ago, I would have said that I probably wouldn’t be back to London again for several more years. But some folks at work organized a conference there, and I realized that I needed to go.
The flight from JFK to London Heathrow was smooth, and I arrived in London around lunchtime on Monday. Because of our new Daylight Savings Time schedule, the time zone difference was only four hours – just one hour more than the US West Coast from home. As a result, I didn’t have too much trouble with jet lag, and I was also helped by the fact that I slept a couple hours on the overnight flight, which is a real rarity for me.
Anyway, I took the Heathrow Express into Paddington Station, and then caught a cab to Bloomsbury Way, near the British Museum, where my hotel was located [all photos borrowed today]:
My meetings took place in a beautiful hotel and conference center around the corner from my hotel:
This was a quick trip for heading overseas – I arrived Monday mid-day and flew home Thursday afternoon – so I didn’t really have time for touristy stuff. However, I did some clothes shopping for Chels and the kids. One of the main places I hit was a UK chain called Primark, which specializes in what the Brits call “cheap and cheerful” – up-to-the-moment fashion at rock-bottom prices. I even bought a couple of things for myself.
Before long it was time to head back to the airport and make the long journey home.
I have no idea when I’ll be back to London again, but I enjoyed myself a great deal, between the camaraderie with work colleagues and the energy of being in another of the world’s great cities.