|This is what a train station should look like|
Boarding wasn't too bad, although luggage racks were in short supply.
|This is still six inches more legroom than you get on Spirit Airlines...then again the womb has more legroom than Spirit|
|Even better than in-flight entertainment: reflected laptop TV thanks to the Chunnel. Except it was Keeping up the Kardashians. So much for superb French taste.|
|There's some sort of event happening in London this summer. Can't for the life of me think what it is.|
|I should have thought "whoa - cool, Harry Potter!" but instead I thought "39/4ths right?"|
|Keep smiling. You're gonna ruin my day!|
|This was both healthy and delicious|
|Traditional, or so I'm told|
|I said it at the time and totally meant it: this was the best piece of cooked fish I've ever had. Pollock, I believe.|
|Passion fruit has quickly become one of my favorite foods, all in the last week since the Asiana FCL|
|This is when I remembered that I was supposed to say "tap water" and not "still water". Whoops!|
|Reading Neverwhere right before coming to London means everything looks wrong|
|Get used to lots of Arsenal stuff for the next few...um...hundred...thousand...photos|
|You want me to say something here, don't you? Just enjoy the Famous Cock, will ya?|
|COME ON YOU GUNNERS!|
The place was completely and utterly empty due to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which involved a massive flotilla down the Thames. Everyone in London must have been there. Turns out the Arsenal Museum was still open, even though the security guard said it was the slowest day he could ever remember:
|Here's the reason I'm an Arsenal fan. Dreamy!|
We got to Waterloo 20 minutes before the train was scheduled to leave. Phil's done this journey hundreds of times and never had a problem getting a seat. We were just fortunate to get a standing-room spot as a minute or two after we boarded they ceased all boarding and the hundreds left on the platform had to wait for another train an hour later.
They weren't even the worst off, as the first stop is just a few minutes later and the hundreds of people waiting there were destined to not get a spot on a train for the entire night. 1.5 million people came into London that night and every one wanted to go home to Dorset apparently.
|Aren't you glad you used Dial? Don't you wish everyone did? Alternate caption: Aren't you glad this isn't a train in Paris?|
|I see you all sitting there, trying not to make eye contact with those of us standing. I'm judging each and every fit young man sitting down right now who hasn't offered their chair to someone who needs it.|
I took it all in good cheer and considered it an adventure. 90 minutes later we got off in Salisbury and headed to Phil's place.
|This was in honor of the Jubilee. I love that someone appears to have added the "er" after cheap|
|Whoever said English cuisine was boring and bland is years behind the times|
I turned in rather early, excited to once again be in England.