The best thing to happen this year was going to London to see Billy Elliot the musical at Victoria Palace Theatre. We stayed in a swanky hotel and had a meticulously planned itinerary for the two days we were there (Friday and Saturday). It was paid for by the Willow Foundation, a charity that organises days off for people dealing with cancer. The best part about it was that my parents could come along, so it was a treat for them too.
You can see what happened on the Friday in this older blog entry:
For the sake of completion, and for the sake of the blog, I will tell you what we did on the Saturday, though we didn’t stick to the itinerary, so I can’t note the exact times.
SPECIAL ITINERARY DAY 2 (minus the exact times).
Checked out of Plaza Park hotel!
I was too excited to sleep a wink, I confess. I ordered room service to stave off my hunger at some time around 2am Saturday morning. I ordered chips and a chicken salad sandwich and the chips were heavenly. I also had the misfortune of drinking absolute vodka NEAT. Which was an interesting experience for my poor throat, I can tell you. In any case, due to the lack of sleep and surplus of alcohol, I had a stinker of a headache the next morning and was unwilling to wake up. But I did, and before midday- yay! We left our luggage with the concierge and headed out- the fresh air and bright daytime waking me up.
The itinerary allowed us a few hours to look around London, and I won’t pretend to remember what times we did everything, but I do remember the order we did it in.
The first step was a taxi to the London Eye, which my Dad really wanted to go on. We were cunning and went in the morning, which meant the queues were low and the tourists were pleasant morning people. I met a lovely couple of ladies from Texas, who were as friendly in person as they come across on television. We both joked about how useless our politicians are. Apparently, US politicians “take the cake” when it comes to uselessness. XD! We managed to snap a few photographs and take in the sights from the moving carriage. Then we visited the gift shop and I found what I’d been hoping to find during my stay in London, a hardback photo book of the city.
We saw sharks! And a crocodile! And giant swimming turtles! And so many weird and wonderful fish, many that I recognised from playing Animal Crossing. Best of all, Dad got to see the penguins. I think the best part for me personally were the sharks and rays. Hammerhead sharks rule! We got a photograph of ourselves taken, which is amusing, and headed for the exit. Luckily there were lifts and a few places dotted around here and there for me to sit, but I’ll be honest, they could do with a few more places to park your bum. My feet were very sore by the end of it. There is a lovely crepe/pancake/hotdog cafe conveniently (or strategically I should say) placed just as you are leaving the centre.
I was beat after this, so we headed for Victoria station earlier than planned, and chowed down at McDonald’s. There were people there in cosplay drawing the attention of absolutely no one, much to their dismay, lol! There wasn’t even a convention, I think they were just trying it out or something. Even when they stood u and chatted right in the middle of the food court- though they’d no reason to- no one so much as battered an eyelid. One older man asked why they were dressed like that, but he was genuinely curious and not being rude. We shuffled towards the shops shortly after the cosplayers and popped into Lush to get something for Quinn, Jesse and Orion. We also got them a collectible souvenir set with Lindon themed objects (taxi, post box, bus).
I slumped over the thankfully larger train table and tried to rest on the way home. I think I did more exercise in these two days than I’ve done in a whole month! Once again, the whole trip was paid for and organised by the Willow Foundation! They are angels! Thank you! And thanks to our neighbours for looking after and playing with the cats while we were gone. :3
I’m cutting it close to the mark this time, so I won’t have time to look for the photos or things I bought, but I’ll add them tomorrow, so check back when I update with the next blog, because I’ll be updating this first,