Thursday, April 11, 2013

We Made It!

It's quite amazing how time flies while you are, well, flying. We were able to fly business class across the pond courtesy of Zurich which made the flight obviously much more enjoyable. We were able to use the united club before departure, then received a complementary amenity set and drink upon boarding. The best part was a toss up between the ice cream sundae with your choice of toppings for dessert and the seat that folds down into a bed. Actually, it was the bed, but the sundae was pretty delicious! We both got at least 4-5 hours of decent sleep before landing. Oh, and lets not forget about the express line through customs! Now, with all that awesome stuff, would I ever pay to do it out of my own pocket? No. It's good, but not THAT good.

The cab ride to our apartment was about an hour (passed right by Buckingham Palace on the way), but I think it's safe to say we probably won't be taking many cabs from the airport in the future due to London's amazing transit system. We picked up an Oyster card today and put enough on it for a seven day fare. The plan is to do some exploring of different neighborhoods this weekend and next week, so that we will have a good idea of where we want to live before too long.

Our temporary housing is nice, but I think we did feel a little bit of culture shock seeing how very little closet/storage space we have, and also by the size of the dishwasher! It is probably a fourth the size of a normal one back home. Even smaller than the one our friends had when they lived in Australia! The great news, however, is that we were able to do a bit of exploring and there is so much located near by. We have a post office, drug store and grocery store within a block, and my office is right down the street practically!
Lots more to do, of course, but so far, so good. Miss you all!