Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Landed!

First entry from England!
So. Let's just say that the trip from **super secret place where I live** to JFK was entirely too long.  For a trip that was supposed to be around an hour, we ended up on the plane for 6 hours.  That not only ate up our layover at JFK, but it may have been partially responsible for the flight to Heathrow being delayed by 3 hours. Hooray.  JFK needs to learn how to de-ice planes.  Seriously.  That, or develop planes that don't need to be de-iced.  Because all those delays made us miss the train we bought advanced non-exchangable, non-refundable tickets for.  And thing is, we had planned to be able to get it even if the train was a bit delayed.  A bit is not three hours.  *angry face*  So, advice for all of you people who might want to study abroad at Leeds, if you are flying into London, give yourself 5 hours between the time your plane is supposed to land, and when your train leaves.  Takes two hours to get from the plane to Kings Cross, which is the station you want to take to get to Leeds.  Or, you can fly into Manchester instead.  Or Leeds!  That way you fork over the money early and there's probably less of a chance of wasting shit-ton of money, like we ended up doing. 
To get to Kings Cross you have to take the Heathrow Express to Padington, and then the London Underground from Padington to Leeds.  It was £19.50 for  the Express and the Underground.
Money here is pretty much the same as in the US, except for the fact that it's pounds and pence instead of dollars and cents, and it's worth more.  Hooray US economy!
Annnd... yeah.  That's it for now.
I won't have internet until probably the end of the week at my house, and probably won't be able to use the internet on campus until at least Thursday, so this will probably be the last time you hear from me for a couple of days.

4 comments:

Stephan said...

it's good to know that you landed ok. I hope you have a great time in Leeds and that you have enough time too see all the great things in England. (hope you get internet up soon, I kinda want to know what you think of the food there :P)

Amanda said...

Seeing as how the only food we've had here is a chicken sandwich on the train, and KFC for dinner, it's pretty good so far.

Stephan said...

yeah the KFC is spectacular in England....you know, in comparison to everything else........
>_>
<_<

Amanda said...

Well it's right down the street from our house/apartment thing, and everywhere else was closed by the time we finally got there. We're living in the suburbs. Sort of.

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