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28 March 2003 @ 03:27 pm
Am in England! >:D  
Yes, I actually made it. There were certain points - like walking a mile in the Detroit airport - when I didn't think I would, but I did.


The flight from Chicago to Detroit was nothing. Then had to wait for the flight to London - lots of cheery people in the waiting area, and the pilot came out to talk to everyone, which was quite cool. We finally get on the plane and there's a delay because they can't close one of the emergency doors - not good. They get maintenance to fix it and then we're off.

The flight attendants were all really nice and friendly - you could tell they enjoyed what they were doing, which is rare from what I've seen - or perhaps I've just been on a lot of flights with rude, surly flightstaff.

Got drab diabetic dinner - trying to be good is so hard sometimes - and ignored salad because it came with that nasty American French dressing. Apparently Northwest Airlines hasn't yet heard that they shouldn't be serving anything French. I also did not know that you get free alcohol on international flights! Bonus! I asked for bloody mary mix to drink - shut up, I like it - and she handed me the vodka too. W00t! I had 2.

I then tried to sleep. And tried. And got nowhere. They were playing the film The Tuxedo with Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt, which I did not want to see and so I refused to put on the headset. I then ended up watching the entire thing without sound and sadly I can indeed tell you almost exactly what happens in it. Movie ends. I still can't fall asleep.

I fall asleep for about half an hour and wake up because they are now serving breakfast. *sigh*

Plane lands and a new journey begins. Get off plane and then have to take a tram to the rest of the airport. First thing is the passport check-in. When it's my turn, I get the 3rd degree, and I am SO not kidding. The woman asked why I was in the UK, and I said to visit my boyfriend. I then was asked all of the following:

* His name
* His age
* Where he lives
* What he does for a living
* Where he works
* Whether or not he lives with people or alone
* How we met
* How long we've known each other
* Whether or not he's been to the US to see me
* How long he stayed
* If he was waiting for me at the airport
* What I do for a living
* Where I work
* Whether or not I live with anyone
* When I'm going back to the US
* When I'm going back to work
* Whether or not I have any siblings
* Do my siblings live with my parents and I

I think that's all. I was really quite shocked - why the hell do they need to know all of that???

Finally made it out to Mark. Snogged him in front of all the people in the airport. Didn't care.

We made the coach to Oxford that we wanted to and had a nice trip there. I was not exactly shocked to see that grass and trees remain the same around the world, pretty much. It wasn't until we got to Oxford proper that it started to look like what I would have expected England to look like - old, interesting buildings. However, not so impressed with the roundabouts and narrow streets here - I really thought the bus was not going to make it a few times. We got to where the coach stopped and then walked over - on cobblestones, no less - to take the local bus, and finally made it back to Mark's flat.

<Insert activities I am not telling you lot about, lalalala>

We had cheese and biscuits - I still take issue with this word, nyah - as a late afternoon snack, which was quite fun as Mark had bought a number of different types of cheese. We had Wensleydale, something I had only ever seen in Wallace and Gromit, and apparently it was the kind with cranberries in it which was odd but not bad. We also had roule with herbs, brie, and cheddar - Mark had Stilton too but I don't like blue cheeses. Later on Mark actually cooked dinner for me - he made pasta and homemade sauce which was very good. We had strawberries and cream for pudding, which was lovely.

We've watched a little bit of TV, and I am somewhat amused by the commericials, I have to say. Definitely different. We also watched Disney's Hercules, which was cute but I kept falling asleep and waking back up. We finally decided we should go to sleep. Sleep was good.

Today I am going to make a cheese pie for Mark (it has to refrigerate overnight) and Mark is going to make m00se for me for tonight. I imagine we'll watch a movie or two and perhaps do some other t00by things. Also need to call some other t00bs at some point.

Hmm, am beginning to feel peckish. Must go snog boyfriend and then beg him to feed me. :>

I'm late, but...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY cygnusfap!!!!
 
 
I feel: gigglygiggly
 
 
 
capitalflash on March 28th, 2003 07:39 am (UTC)

<3!
Vicki: HOTcha!hermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:29 am (UTC)
<3!

Any chance you can come to Gatwick Monday morning? I know it's not so convienent...email me?
queerasjohn on March 28th, 2003 07:44 am (UTC)
*clings* We wants you, precioussss! We wants you in Scotland!
Vicki: MWAHhermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:30 am (UTC)
*hugs* I know darling, but the fates have kept us apart - this time.
Toby Malfoy: bunniestobymalfoy on March 28th, 2003 07:54 am (UTC)

\:D/

*loves*
Vicki: HOTcha!hermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:36 am (UTC)
*loves right back!*
Latter-day Jezebelnmalfoy on March 28th, 2003 07:58 am (UTC)
So glad you got there safely and I hope you're having a ball and taking LOTS of pictures!
And you aren't alone--I adore Bloody Mary mix, with or without vodka.
Vicki: ME and the ME and the MEMEMEhermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:40 am (UTC)
:) There's not much to take pictures of at this point - might take some on Monday as we're leaving - don't know yet.

And Bloody Mary mix is good - I'd rather have that or V8 over plain tomato any day.Huh
hooray hooray, I'm your silver liningof_evangeline on March 28th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
Send pics! *dances* So glad you're having a good time, love. Keep on having fun! *blows kisses*
Vicki: ME and the ME and the MEMEMEhermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:41 am (UTC)
I'll try to take some! *smoochies*
Alextitanic_days on March 28th, 2003 09:15 am (UTC)
Because they think you might try and marry Mark here to get British citizenship on the quiet - it's a standard thingie - US customs would've done the same.

Should've said 'for a vacation.'
Alex: Alex!Dollytitanic_days on March 28th, 2003 09:16 am (UTC)

Also, go the Morri! w00t!
Turbo Kongtromboneborges on March 28th, 2003 09:18 am (UTC)
*nods* I actually had a professor in college whose fiance lived in England, and she was detained for something like a whole day going in because she flew out to plan the wedding, and conversationally told British customs, "Oh, I'm visiting my boyfriend; we're planning a wedding."
Vicki: Nas Alleyhermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:54 am (UTC)
Gah! People are crazy!
Vicki: Nas Alleyhermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:48 am (UTC)
Hmm, apparently so. Which is quite silly really. I mean, I could understand if someone was coming from a country that had lesser resources, but what would the advantage of British citizenship be to an American, really? Oh well.

I'll say vacation next time. :)
Alextitanic_days on March 29th, 2003 06:14 am (UTC)
Re:
What would the advantage of British citizenship be to an American??? Miiiiaaaaooowww, sweetie!
Vickihermorrine on March 30th, 2003 04:57 am (UTC)
Re:
I honestly didn't mean it to sound bitchy - I meant it as in a real question. The same goes for a British citizen trying for American citizenship. I mean, perhaps there's something I don't get, but I don't see the point.
intellectual pepperyeleveninches on March 28th, 2003 09:32 am (UTC)
>:D
Vicki: Hrrrrmmm?hermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:49 am (UTC)
:D!
Callipygian: duanepicklepuss on March 28th, 2003 09:47 am (UTC)

WOOT!

I warned you about the movie. I was so close it was stupid.

Have much wonderful t00by fun.

*hugs*
Vicki: Happy Happy!hermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:50 am (UTC)
Yes, you were SO right about the movie! Oh well.

*hugs*!
Red-headed Step-Childindigosoul on March 28th, 2003 10:27 am (UTC)
No one resists the Spanish Inquisition!
I was told to expect close to the same line of questioning when I land in Japan. It's the Spanish Inquisition! He he he...
Take many many pictures....can't wait to see!!! I envy your many cheeses.....*drools on self and keyboard*
And I LOVE bloody mary's-it was my drink of choice for many years! (also GREAT for hangovers) Big spanish olives are a lovely addition to marinate in this drink...mmmmm....happy hour...
Take care!!! *hugs*
:)
Vicki: ME and the ME and the MEMEMEhermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:51 am (UTC)
Re: No one resists the Spanish Inquisition!
Just remember - say you're there on vacation!!! ;)

*hugs*
Pervy Hoodie Fancier: JoChen SmileGirldancingrain on March 28th, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC)
YAY!

and also, YAY!
Vicki: ME and the ME and the MEMEMEhermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:52 am (UTC)
*smooches* :)
shinysilvercoin on March 28th, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC)

Morriiiiiiiii~! Where in England are you? Oh my god, you're in the same country as me! *dies* XDDD I hope you have fun!

Kazzii :~*X*~:
Vicki: HOTcha!hermorrine on March 29th, 2003 04:53 am (UTC)
I'm in Oxford with my boyfriend! :) I'll be back again in June. Where are you?
shinysilvercoin on March 29th, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)

Oxford? Woah, that's not too far XD I'm in Ascot, which is near Windsor, which is near london XD So yeah..

Hope you have fun a great time with your boyfriend!

Kazzii :~*X*~: (Repy)
dejaspirit on March 29th, 2003 10:03 am (UTC)
*loves you*
You are SOOO freaking awesome. I'm buying you the BIGGEST drink when we get to Nimbus.
Vicki: MWAHhermorrine on March 30th, 2003 05:25 am (UTC)
Re: *loves you*
*laughs* Why am I so awesome! But I'll take a drink with you anytime. ;)
The Mad Baker What Bakes at Midnightcuppatea on March 29th, 2003 10:04 am (UTC)
Ooh, lucky lucky lucky you! Even with the British Inquisition and those deathtrap roundabouts, you're making me wish I were back there (er, yes, even though I've only been home three days). Hope you're soaking up the sunshine :-)!

Oh, and if you stop by Stratford, there's this lovely little cheesemonger's shop that we stumbled across. You absolutely must go — we sampled this cider-cured cheese or something that we would have tried to take home if we'd thought there were any way we could smuggle it past customs. It's on the main road that leads to the train station, right next to Past Times I think. Try the pheasant pate for me!

:D :D :D
Vicki: Happy Happy!hermorrine on March 30th, 2003 05:26 am (UTC)
*giggles* I'm afraid that this trip has consisted of arriving at zorac's flat and not leaving it again until I go home tomorrow. No sightseeing this time, and probably not the next, either. Perhaps on the 3rd trip I'll actually go to see something! But I'm having a wonderful time, I assure you. :)
furious george: my typewriterweatherby on March 29th, 2003 04:48 pm (UTC)
Morri? When are you getting back?
Vicki: Hrrrrmmm?hermorrine on March 30th, 2003 04:44 am (UTC)
I'll be home Monday night, but I don't know how conscious I'll be then. If you need me, feel free to email - I'll check it later on.
That's what she said.: <3altricial on March 30th, 2003 03:04 am (UTC)
\:D/

I miss the UK so much :((
Vicki: HOTcha!hermorrine on March 30th, 2003 05:27 am (UTC)
*cuddles* You will be back here soon enough! I have to go home tomorrow. :( But JUNE!