I was really worried about flying because I get severe panic attacks on planes, but turns out that waking up at 5:30am the day of your 11:45PM flight really helps. Two Ativan and a melatonin didn't hurt, either. I was out like a light before we even left the ground and then woke up when we landed in London at 9am.
I loved the UK so much more than I expected to, and it only rained once (though it was pretty cold most of the time). I saw the Spice Girls musical (!!!), checked out the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey (a quick substitute after the Windsor Castle tour folks left without me, wahhhh), Shakespeare's Globe (where I got to see them rehearse A Midsummer Night's Dream!), British Museum (had some serious geek outs there), etc.
|Almost all my pictures are selfies - this is the downside of traveling alone|
|Being a super tourist|
I got to see Parquet Courts do an in-store at a record shop in Shoreditch and had the most hipster experience of my life when I went to see Bleached in an unlabelled bar in a back alley in Elephant & Castle and hung out with 3 British hipsters (a guy who worked in the music industry, a theatre actress, and a dude who kept talking about going to film screenings since his wife was a film critic.)
I also ended up going to Cardiff (which I loved and wished I could have spent more time in), Bath (gorgeous), Stonehenge, and Lacock.
|Some stones or whatever|
Overall, I had an amazing time. And I got to see a friend of mine I hadn't seen in several years! I was surprised at how cheap a lot of the food was (especially compared to France), but I wish I had had more time/money to just shop, although I guess I got some cool things in Camden. I finally learned to like tea, and I learned what good public transportation is like.
Thanks for the great times, London! I will see you again some day.