keep a good sense of humour while traveling!
I’ve had a series of mishaps since departing Australia, and I’ve laughed at them all.
As I got to Incheon International Airport, an attendant from Korean Air was waiting for me…with a wheelchair! I initially thought she was waiting for someone else, but no. I approached her and asked if she was waiting for me and she was. She asked if I wanted to sit in the wheelchair. I smiled – while laughing on the inside – and politely declined. After exiting customs, I was shown the gate and she gave me a necklace with a tag saying “Family Care Service”. Really…?? The only thing I liked about it was that I got to board before everyone else.
The flight itself was uneventful, albeit some turbulence over China and some parts of Russia – now that is one huge motherfucking country! I split wine onto myself…how typical of me 😉
I decided not to sleep during the flight, since I got into Heathrow at 5pm and it was still daylight. As a result of that, I slept like a baby last night! Jetlag – who knows it may hit me later on…one way to find out!
Heathrow. Wow. What an experience. And I was scared shitless because the bloody immigration detained me for an hour. They grilled me – I felt like I was playing 20 questions with them! I swear I’d have written an essay on my life in Australia and why I’m here in the UK.
Examples of questions:
Why are you here in the UK?
How much money do you have?
Are you going to be traveling through Europe as well?
Do you have any family here?
Who paid for your flight ticket?
And many others. They ended up texting Kylie, whom I’m staying with and then they called my grandfather to confirm a few details. After that, they came back to tell me that I’m now allowed to go into the UK. I’ve never felt so elated. But damn, that was one scary experience. Both immigration officers were female and they were nice. They kept saying that its okay and to relax. I think I may have gone pale at some point and my hands were shaking. I wanted to vomit. I still managed to smile, laugh and cooperate.
The only thing that baffled me the most was: they didn’t think I was in a position to travel all the way to Walthamstow on my own…!!!! I told them that I was more than capable and that I’ve been using public transport for the majority of my life and I have an app to help me with using the Tube. I think my response made them feel better, although they asked me to text my grandfather when I got to Kylie’s safely.
The Tube was pretty cool and very effective. It beats CityRail by an obscene amount of miles!! Another mishap is that I got off at the wrong tube station…!! Had to get another one back – lucky it was only a stop away haha.
I’m now at Kylie’s and I’m excited about my first full day in London. It’s been a while since I’ve been all touristy. Oh and today’s my birthday. I think this is going to be the best birthday ever – spending it overseas!
Over and out!