Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 1 comment

Impressions and Observations Upon Landing in Heathrow Airport

- There are water fountains and recycling bins.
- Everyone has a fun accent, though less than half of them seem to be British. I feel funny not having one....although, I suppose to everyone else, I do!
- Indian women are beautiful.
- It is okay to blow your nose in public here.
- All of a sudden it’s Christmas. I like it. Except for those flashing LCD lights....
- I like fast food when it includes curry and a smoothie.
- I have no idea what to do with all these funny coins. It’s easiest just to hand them to the cashier and trust that she’ll pick out the right ones.
- Caramel chocolate shortbread makes me happy.
- I keep speaking to people in Turkish.
- Americans really do stand out.
- Cadbury makes a Dairymilk Bar with Turkish Delight in it. Interesting.
- English language bookshops are my weak spot. (Therefore it is wise to exchange only enough money to eat!)
- Muslim women in headscarves make me feel at home.
- The array of snack food is dizzying. And intriguing. Who knew there was such a thing as Worcestershire sauce flavoured potato chips?
- I am overwhelmed by the number of males with skin the same colour as mine and the way they all look me in the eye.
- There is a new magazine out called “Jamie.” Too bad England is so dang expensive or I’d buy one for a souvenir.
- Stuffing your carry-on full of all your heavy stuff so as not to be overweight doesn’t feel like such a good idea when I am this tired.
- I am saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone I possibly can, and they actually know what Christmas is!
- Starbucks is a stabilizing force in my life. I don’t care what anyone says about the evils of big corporate chains – a caramel macchiato is a welcome constant when the rest of my world feels all out of whack.
- Skinny pants with funny boots must be in style. Hmm.
- I am not at all prepared to go home.