13.03.2006 0 °C
I'm in a cute little place where a friend of mine (Lou). lives. There is not alot here but it is nice and was very pretty in the snow. I had thought that March was quite late for a large amount of snow but apparently i was wrong. It appears that most of the country was blanketed in the stuff on Saturday night I think because I like it so much it makes an extra special effort in my presence because the same thing happened in Berlin.
When I first arrived it was into Heathrow. Heathrow is the worst airport I have been in by a mile. That includes Delhi. Even though the queen is still the official leader of our country I, as a citizen of Australia, had to que with all the people coming from third world nations. I got caught behind a Saudi family that was almost denied entry. Weird. Its the one place in the world where i though it couldn't happen....apparently we are not part of the EU or a trading partner...or Swiss which were listed seperatly (?).
Anyway, after stuggling my way through customs....(why are you here?what did you study? how did you like learning about glaciers??? hmmmmmmm)....i made the massivly long trek to the underground. I hadn't taken a trolley because i didn't think it was very far. Mistake. I then headed to Bryce's for the night. While i was on the underground i discovered that i had no idea where i was supposed to be getting my bus for Edinburgh from or what time it was leaving. I made a call to my travel agent, he was on holiday though so i talked to one of the others who had my ticket sent to me by email. Fine. Except it was the middle of the night and in the only 24hrs internet place the printer was broken. I ended up going to the bus in the morning and just pleading with the folk in the ticket office to print my ticket out for me....through my email account. They were really nice and i made my bus by 2 mins.
The bus took 9.5hrs so i've decided against buses for the rest of my travels in the UK. Seeing Trine in Edinburgh was brilliant though. I had a really good time there and ended up staying longer than planned....although my planning abilities are not the best so i hadn't really planned anywhere to go after.
I'm about to go and catch a train to Manchester and I'll continue my tale from there