Wednesday, 11 June 2014

American Adventure- The Journey Part 1

Hello beauties

I made it!!! 
Yesterday I was awake for 22 hours and travelling for about 17 but I am currently sat at Kate's apartment in Lexington, Kentucky, drinking tea (I bought my own tea bags!).

So how was the journey? Pretty good.

I stayed with my twin sister Chloe at her house just outside of Oxford so it was pretty easy to get to the airport (she was crazy happy that I was going from Heathrow and not Gatwick). We has breakfast near her house and I'd been ill in the night so was trying to settle my stomach (and it did, thanks God!). Then I basically sailed through check in and security. Heathrow terminal two has only just opened again I think so it's dead! Seriously, there was like five flights or something on the board yesterday plus I got to check in 3 and a half hours before my flight. 

So I made the most of the extra time: got my make up done for free at the Dior counter. Lots of foundations, concealer, powder- all stuff I rarely wear. Then pink eyeliner, black eyeliner, mascara and being told off my a random lady (not the one doing my make up) for blinking too much!!! The best bit? No sales pitch at the end! Just a free makeover et voila. Looking glam for my flight!! 

Then I got a spot of lunch at "Wondertree" which I was about to say was very similar to Giraffe.. turns out the same people own them so that makes sense. All healthy, yummy, superfood salads and tapas style dishes. I had satay chicken skewers with hummus and bread. and an amazing iced tea: chamomile & green tea with mango, lime and mint.. I definitely want to make that myself. 

Somehow I was then slightly late .. by that I mean by the time I'd walked the epic journey to the gate they were calling the boarding group in front of me. So I don't know about late or just perfectly timed. I already knew I wasn't happy about my seat... slap bang in the middle of the lane in the middle of a row! They give you an option to change for free on the website but when I went to do this the only options were upgrades which cost $129. No thank you!
Anyway I was sat next to a guy who's flight had been delayed in Dublin and who should have been on his flight to San Francisco as he we were boarding our plane. Ooops. And another guy who moved after lunch was served and never returned. Which is great because it meant I had a spare seat next to me and could easily slip out when I needed to!

Take off was fine, I normally don't really enjoy it but as they go.. not too bad!After take off they came round with drinks, I ordered wine only to be told I couldn't pay with cash. They were dead nice though and said I could settle up later.. as it happened when I did go to settle up they didn't have the card machine and they just let me off. Free wine, winner!

Then dinner was served. I got mine first because I'd ordered a veggie meal (although bizarrely one of the options for other fliers was meat free too!) Mine was a soya style chicken in coconut sauce with rice and bok choi. It was good.. except bok choi is not easy to cut with plastic cutlery! I also had side salad, bread roll and a biscuit.

By this time I'd already finished one book: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Truman Capote (yes, like the film) so settled down with my cool headphones (again I bought my own.. they're pink over the ears with leopard print and flowers and stuff all over them) to watch a film. I actually ended up watching the same film three times because it's on loop throughout and I kept missing bits so I watched the end, the middle then the start! It was called "The Guilt Trip" and had Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan in. She's an overbearing mothers, he's a nonchalant son.. they go on a road trip under the guise of his business meetings but actually to meet her childhood sweetheart. It's good. Try and watch it. 

I also read a few more books and just put the country music channel on. I had my e-reader plus a ton of books that Chloe lent me so I shouldn't run out of reading material but if you have any suggestions.. let me know.
I read:

  •  a sample of Jojo Moye's "The One Plus One".. I've read a few of her other books and enjoyed this sample so I'll probably get the full book soon.
  • "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams- I don't even care that this is a kids book, it's adorable. I read once that someone had a reading from this at their wedding, I can see why. You can learn a lot about love from it,
  • "Nightingales on Call" by Donna Douglas- good for fans of Call the Midwife. Nice story, a few twists but generally easy reading. Sometimes I got a bit confused as to which nurse was which but generally very good.
Then a "snack" was served: I had a roasted vegetable wrap which was lovely but dripping with oil, a packet of crisps and a biscuit. Oh and diet coke. 

and then the descent began. Is it just me who thinks descending takes forever? I know it can't just drop out the sky but it felt like ages. Honestly, it was a pretty bumpy, not overly pleasant landing I think because Chicago was pretty rainy and miserable when we got there. We landed about 30 mins later than planned but that worked in my favour because my layover in Chicago was for a few hours. 

This blog post is getting pretty long so I think I'll write another tomorrow about my Chicago experience and jet leg.

Until tomorrow...

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  1. For some reason that airplane food sounds seriously temping right now! Glad you made it safe and sound! Xx

    1. It was actually really good! I was worried that if I ordered vegetarian food I'd end up with something horrible but it was nice.. more appetising then Beef Brisket I think! The wrap was lovely but dripping with oil!

  2. hey! thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and commenting! I tried responding but it says you're a no reply blogger so I couldn't. If you google how to fix that, it'll show you. I just wanted to let you know because I was once there and wondered why nobody liked me and why nobody responded to my comments. lol. but it wasn't because they didn't like me, it was because they couldn't. A lot of bloggers won't take the time out of their day to tell someone they're a no-reply blogger either so I wanted to help! :)

    1. Oh my gosh! Whatt? Thank you. What a ridiculous system! Thank you for letting me know, I really appreciate it! Hopefully it's all fixed now ;-) L x


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