Let me just start by getting my anger out about the 6 day delay of my flight. Due to 3 inches of snow 400,000 people were stranded at heathrow airport. Yes you read that correctly 3 inches. I was not surprised When I heard that there had been some delays and cancellations on saturday because it was coming down pretty hard, I just never expected 3 hours and 3 inches of snow could cause so much disruption. It was our last night in London so we all went out together the only people worried about having delays were the ones who had early morning flights. Nope wrong. out of the 1,000 + flights that leave from heathrow every day only 5 got out on sunday the 19th. Is the UK even serious? 3 inches of snow!!! What did they all do when it was snowing just call it quits and go get hammered at the pub (British tradition on snow days) Well apparently they didn’t do jack, and after it snowed they must not have tried to remove it because the next day all the runways where frozen over. Hey I got an idea, you ever here of salt? snow plow maybe? hell they could have given me a shovel and the run ways would have been clear in no time. Then they have the nerve to say things like well snow is such an uncommon thing for us. Really? is it that uncommon? last time I checked it has snowed in the UK since the beginning of time. I mean they might not get as much snow as we do back home but they at least get some snow every year right? Luckily I only had a 6 day delay while whole school of kids are stuck here till the 27th while a few others are traveling on christmas day. I tried getting on several other flights but it was extremely annoying staying on hold for 3 hours at a time only to be told theres not a snowballs chance in hell you get out before the 24th or Your lucky your even getting out on the 24th. The way they were talking about the weather you would have thought it was the blizzard of 78’. At least I’ll make it back in time for christmas eve dinner, while others are missing christmas entirely. Congratulations Heathrow airport your are officially this years grinch.Get your act together heathrow, God forbid you get 5 inches next year, but I guess that will just mean the apocalypse is coming because the UK doesn’t get snow.
Now that I’m finished with that rant I’ll end on a positive note
The first few weeks in London where spent doing all of the tourist things museums, markets, other places of interest. However once I started to settle in everything started to become like home. I even had a favorite place for lunch (sandwich shop). I even had daily routines. Class was kind of a joke because I really only had classes on tuesday so that left me the whole week to do pretty much whatever I wanted.
Things I’ll Miss (no particular order)
The tube (best public transportation in the world) Pub culture (better then american bars, mostly because it is acceptable to go every night of the week), Monday nights at Zetland Arms (favorite pub), sloppy tuesdays at sports cafe, random adventures to piccadilly and SOHO. Monica and Paul’s ridiculous comments about Miami. Monica’s late night pasta creations. Getting on the 24 hour bus at 3 in the morning and ending up 2 hours away from my room (maybe not). Not doing “real” school work. Guinness. Real beer (although I do miss my pabst and busch for some sick reason). Going out with co-workers and not having to pay for a single drink. Corny british sayings that make me laugh at how silly the brits really are. one pound and two pound coins that make you feel like you have no money but in actuality you have about ten pounds on you. Getting my lunches paid for me. And most importantly all of the friends I’ve made along my journey. I will probably never see most of you ever again but I will never forget you (sorry to be a downer I’m just trying to be realistic) So if your ever in Boston let me know and If i’m in your city and I don’t let you know then I probably don’t want to see you...just kidding have a nice life.
I’ve sipped the finest beers around the world, cruised the canals of amsterdam, walked along the historic Red Light District (no I did not get a prostitute). Danced and drank on the beaches of Barcelona. Took a train down the coast of Spain. Sipped sangria and ate tapas rode bikes and watched a Flamenco show in Valencia (Got stuck with an all guy Flamenco group so that sucked). Gazed upon ancient Roman Ruins and fountains. Walked through the coliseum, was mesmerized by Michael Angelo’s Sistine chapel, Saw some dead popes, Prayed at the tomb of St. Joseph, stood in front of the alter at St. Peters. Walked through the streets of venice (Nothing really exciting about venice unless your with a significant other + it rained) Drank and sang Irish pub songs with the Locals and stood at the edges of the Cliffs of Moher now somebody do me a favor and get me a cookie.....