Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
03.07.2014 - 13.07.2014
I woke up at the wee hours of the morning to go to Mohammed V airport. My direct flight to London was at 8 AM, which barely gave me the time to grab some croissant and hot chocolate from the only open café in the airport. The flight was surprisingly empty, which gave each passenger the possibility to have three seats for themselves. I did not even wait for the seatbelt sign to turn off to lie down and sleep. Therefore, it has been a short 3-hour flight to London.
I arrived to London Gatwick airport at around 10:30am. I took the train from London Terminals to the city of London. My first stop was London Bridge station. Then, I took the Jubilee line underground heading to Waterloo station. Changing from the underground to the overground, I took yet another train to head to Hither Green station. The underground/overground transportation system of London requires a great deal of time to get used to it. I had to ask many people for directions, which was not easy with my luggage and backpack. I finally made it to Hither Green, where I began to search for Wellmeadow Road, the street where my friend lives. I had to ask many people to find this street as I was not used to the street signs and directions there. When I finally found the right address, I realized I was 4 hours too early from our rendezvous time. I walked around Hither Green to discover the area. There was not much to see except the houses. I decided to go back to London Bridge and walk around the area until the evening. I bought a bottle of water and a chicken sandwich from the station as I was starting to get hungry and walked around aimlessly. I saw from far away the London eye but I could not find a way to reach it. Before I knew it, it was time to head back to the station and to Hither Green.
I was exhausted after spending the day pulling and pushing my luggage everywhere, and I was grateful to stay with my friend and have some dinner with her. It was only day 1, and I was already both excited and tired.