Journey with Jo

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Arriving in London

I MADE IT!!

I've dreamed for the longest about making the big trek across the pond, and I did it ya'll...

It feels amazing to be sitting here in my rental London flat, typing this to you all. 

So let's get down to business, shall we?


As you all know, I decided to come on this journey with just a backpack (see previous posts). It was SUPER CONVIENIENT today navigating through JFK and Gatwick Airport and still have my hands free. Although the bag did get a bit bothersome while standing on the line for customs, it overall served it's purpose of being hassle-free.

I had straight flight to London, which left around 11:30PM and it was smooth. The only con was that I had a middle seat, but it didn't bother me, because I slept like a baby.

After waiting about 20 minutes on the customs line, I proceeded to the train station, which is housed inside the airport. And here is where the headache began!

My Aunty Liz was in London the week before and gave me her Oyster Card (their version of a MetroCard/Pass), which had about 4 pounds on it. I tried unsuccessfully for about 20 mins. to load money onto the card and it continuously told me I had to speak to an agent, because something was wrong with my debit card.

I didn't panic, because I knew for a fact that not a doggone thing was wrong with it, however, the line to speak with the agent was RIDIC..

Long story short, because it's getting long, I found a fellow sister to help me out and get my card situated. When I got off the train, I was pleasantly surprised at my neighborhood and how quaint it was.




                                     


The home I'm staying in is an AirBnB rental. The owner, whom doesn't live here, he just rents it out, was super friendly. We got to know each other quickly and chatted about a lot of stuff. 





Before he departed, he awkwardly blurted out, "I just have to ask how old you are. You know you could never assume, because you all age so gracefully. I know they say, black don't crack." I couldn't help but to chuckle. I can tell Mike and I will get along just fine!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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