Home Overseas photography Travel

Retrospective trip journal #2

Whirlwind two days in London to get orientated to being on the other side of the world (thankfully and somewhat bizarrely jet-lag isn’t something that I get affected by very much so i managed to pack quite a lot in).

Quick catch-up with our son and girlfriend (who since this visit has become his fiancee!). First goal was the famous Oxford Street lights. As it was dark by 4pm, we wandered down around 5pm to see the lights in their full glory. The early dark was a huge drawcard for me as I have always been fascinated by my mother’s memories of night starting in the afternoon. I was captivated by the first fall of dusk on my first day. So different from the slowly increasingly light and balmy evenings I had left in the November lead-up to summer back home. We were hungry for dinner early and 8pm seemed decadently late. At 5pm it was freezing and pitch-black but the city was dazzling and festive, beautiful window displays, carols, lights – just what I had hoped for.

Christmas lights London-8

Regent Street-1

Christmas lights London-3

Christmas lights London-2

I was slightly overwhelmed by just how many people were thronging the streets (I am an introvert) and, with the vague terrorist threats on social media, just a little nervous to be honest.  That unspoken  tension was bought home to us when we went to Hillsong London that night and were evacuated before the service even started due to a suspicious package/abandoned handbags left on one of the seats!  We decided maybe we didn’t need to go to church that night after hurrying down the staircase with klaxons blaring and loud speaker instructions ordering us to evacuate as quickly as possible.

The next day saw Oxford Station also dramatically evacuated due to a suspected incident that turned out to be  a car back-firing. In New Zealand these things are very distant for which I am extremely grateful and it definitely feels different when you are in a city where the threat of terrorism is very real (but still very unlikely). I did find myself walking shop-side and scanning the street for vans travelling too fast – gave up pretty quickly as in London every van/truck/cabbie/Uber (even one of the buses I went on)  drives too fast whenever possible!

Went for a long walk through Green Park the next day rather than catching the bus or a tube and was rewarded  by some stunning autumn trees in all their creative glory.London Trees-1

London Trees-2

London Trees-3

London Trees-4

Drifted round a couple of wonderful museums and then onto drinks and a long-awaiting reunion with two of my favourite people who have emigrated to London – my worship pastor and another of my fellow worship team members. A promise to catch up with them was the initial catalyst for this trip so this was a special moment. It had been way way too  long since I had seen two of my most favourite people. Lots of laughs, hugs, chatting, delicious cocktails  at the underground 1940s-themed Cahoots, dinner, a wander along the Christmas-lit Thames at a very very late hour, and then the weekend was over and the trip into the more unfamiliar was ready to begin.

Kahoots-4
Cocktail @Cahoots 

 

0 comments on “Retrospective trip journal #2

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Commememucho

Rincón de ideas y de recetas sencillas

Joana Nogueira

Photography

RGS Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl Space & Attic Insulation Experts

The Little Mermaid

MAKING A DIFFERENCE, ONE STEP AT A TIME

Hayden get out of the fridge!

When life gets overwhelming and all you can say is get out of the fridge!

Renegade Expressions

Words. Photographs. Power.

Elves Choice

Holiday Bargains & Recipes

V Ramasamy

A Globetrotter

Best News

news, tips and tricks

IRELAND TODAY

The Wandering Irish Scribe

Kindness Blog

Kindness Images, Videos, True Life Stories, Quotes, Personal Reflections and Meditations.

www.virtual-reality-shop.co.uk/

VR, AR and MR News and Content

TheCavalierKing.com

All about the cavalier king

The Art of Blogging

For bloggers who aspire to inspire

Susan Rushton

Celebrating gardens, nature, photography and a creative life

mybeautfulthings

Finding the beautiful in the everyday

Yarn, Books & Roses

life with a chronic disease and a really big yarn stash

Sisteresque Fibers

Yarn and Knitting with a Touch of Magic

%d bloggers like this: