04.01.2013 - 04.01.2013 2 °C
Man, whoever thought travelling isn't a lot of work...was mental!
I was facetiming Darina tonight and she asked me if I was ready to come home? My response was no!! If I had a lighter suitcase and packed less I could do another wk or two hitting up Scotland and Ireland. I actually have learned to sleep when I can (Candice and I have now mastered being able to sleep, sitting up, half laid down, on the floor, standing up, on a train, plane...we can do it anywhere!). I can just sit and read on trains for hours (Darina the smart ass that she is responded with, "there are books at home" ...not that I have time to ever read at home!). I've turned out to be a low maintenance, easygoing traveller.
To get back to my first line, it is still a lot of work! Lifting and carrying your heavy ass suitcase, backpack and purse up and down countless amounts of stairs, up and down the 'gap' of the train, subway and bus gets old...fast! I don't get how there is so little storage for your luggage on trains and busses when everyone in Europe is on them with luggage to and from airports and train stations? Just don't get it. And seeing as my suitcase weighs just over 43 lbs..... I don't even feel guilty missing body pump these last few weeks! Lol
Today, we got up and walked to a bakery around the corner from the hotel. Got a fake coffee (fake in size...it was midget size!) and sugary pastries that I'm excited to not eat again. We checked out and chilled in the lobby to use wifi, mostly wasting time since our train wasn't for a few hours. We took the metro to the train station, window shopped and waited around 2 hrs. Caught the Eurostar train back to St Pancras in London, another 2 hours. The Eurostar, for those of you not familiar is the fastest train in Europe. It goes 334km/hour. Hence why my ears are popping and I feel like I'm moving as I'm sitting here still. It's amazing tho, I would totally take it again if I was ever travelling from London-Paris. Once we got to St Pancras, we caught a train to Gatwick airport, another hour in a train. Then we walked around for a while outside trying to figure out the bus we could take to our airport. 6 hours later, we ended up at the hotel!! Yay!!!
They have a pretty good restaurant/pub at the airport hotel. I finally had my bangers and mash. Candice and I wanted to try it the whole trip and it didn't happen. Sorry Candice, it is my new FAVOURITE English meal!! Tried some Bulmers Cider with it....after all it was only 99pence to add!!! (Craziness!!!!)
So now I need to dump my suitcase and carry on and repack. I'm going to attempt to pack a pair of boots and jacket in my carry on so hopefully my suitcase isn't over weight. Coming here it was already 22.1kg, and 22kg is the max. I'll be damned if I have to pay $75 cause it weighs too much!! I haven't even shopped (hard to believe, I know but it's true!!). I actually think its almost time to plan a buffalo shopping trip.....who's in?
I'm honestly sad this trip has come to an end. I love Europe!!! And I fear since I've now been here 3 times now, 2 in the last 5 months (which I realize is a little crazy!) I might not be coming back for a long long time. Where will my next trip be? Who knows! But there will be a next trip....and it's going to be amazing whatever it is.
So I leave you with my favourite lulu lemon quote: dance sing floss TRAVEL!!
See you soon, at home