Visiting the UK!!!!

Amma and I are going to be in the UK from the 17th to 31st. The land of Dickens and Shaw and Shakespeare and Austen and Sayers and Rendell and James (PD) and Townsend and Heyer and Francis…. I’m excited.

It’s my first trip abroad, the first time I’m taking a long-distance flight, the first time I’ve applied for a visa. There was some drama with my mom’s passport first, a policeman playing havoc with verification and delaying the renewal until the last minute. But the visa magically came through in three days without us having to travel to Chennai for an interview.

Do you know, my parents and my sister came back to India via Europe when they resettled from Canada in 1972? And they actually landed in London two years to the day I was born! They spent 4 days there and also visited Paris, Venice, Rome, Belgrade, and Egypt.

Ruth has very very kindly offered to help with accommodation in London. I was originally planning to go to Edinburgh/Lake District/Yorkshire but friends there haven’t responded to my latest mail, so I’m going to try and see as much as possible via day trips from London. Maybe move into a hostel so we don’t inconvenience Ruth more than we are already.

Anyone has any tips? Ruth says she might take me to her local knitting group, which is a scary idea! Me, the amateur knitter, meeting actual real knitters, who probably make usable items!!! And beautiful ones. It’s terrifying. Gulp.

I don’t plan to buy any yarn, because I’d probably want a little bit of everything and that would be way above my budget/baggage allowance. Too much temptation might sometimes translate into none at all, you know. But maybe some small gizmo, if it is affordable.

Will I meet any of my readers there? Let me know. Did I say I’m excited? I’m excited!

7 thoughts on “Visiting the UK!!!!

  1. Have a great trip & great fun with the local knitting group. I’m sure they’ll love to show you their tricks. I can understand your exitement.

  2. It’s under-advertised, but there is a day pass you can get for the Underground that makes it actually affordable to travel around London. We didn’t realize that until the day we left! Be sure to pop your head into Liberty (a quirky department store with a nice crafts section). It may be my favorite shop in London. Have a great time!

  3. Oh, lucky you! I spent a week in London in spring of 2005, and it was my first trip abroad as well (from the U.S.) Yes, get the Underground pass. Check the map – you may only need zone 1. Also, there is a wonderful company called “London Walks” that does very reasonably priced walking tours. I think I took 5 when I was there. The guides are absolutely fantastic and you won’t believe how much you’ll learn. They have a website, so you can see what tours go where and when. They’re informal – just show up at the appointed place and pay the guide. I hope you have a wonderful trip!

  4. Enjoy London, it’s nearly my hometown! Yes, on the Underground Day Pass. Yes, yes on Liberty. Covent Garden is a must-see…and Camden Market…and now I’m really homesick!!

    Have a fun and safe trip.

  5. Oh, I’d love to be going to London. The big museums are all free, so you can pop in and look at something for half an hour and not feel like you have to see everything! Ah….

  6. It’s funny, hearing about London in your comments from a different perspective! Don’t forget to mention you’ll be staying in Zone 4, down in the slums, as it were 😉

    About to send you an email, but not sure if you’ve left yet….

  7. Swapna, I hope you and your Amma have the most wonderful of vacations. Any knitting group would be thrilled to meet you and have you as a special guest. Please take lots of pictures.

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