My train journey wasn't too bad, admittedly (y'know, having survived misplacing the booked-in-advance tickets I'd had posted to me, and the panic I felt when the train I was supposed to be getting no longer seemed to exist, and navigating my large suitcase (finally managed to pack it, that is -19.3kg baby!) up and down and across several platforms). Piece of cake. Last night I checked into a cute little hotel by the name of Little Foxes (that's what drew me in), which I also thoroughly recommend: lovely hosts, comfy bed and a shower that works. All that I ever ask for!
Unfortunately I was awake half an hour early at 3.30am English time for some ungodly reason (and hence why I napped here this afternoon). A quick transfer to Gatwick, a soggy sausage bap from a place to eat there (whose name I won't mention as I usually love the place) and a bumpy flight later, two of my lovely hosts B and G picked me up at Milan. Phew.
I admit that when I was sat at my departure gate back at Gatwick this morning, I was suddenly having my doubts. It was a bit of a dear god what am I doing?! moment, but after queuing for ages and then sitting in the plane for 20 minutes before we even began our long taxi down the runway (our lady pilot (and I mention that she was a lady because I've not been flown by a lady pilot before and I was impressed) was not kidding when she said it would be a long taxi out (her co-pilot was also a lady, guys)), I began to relax a little bit. In fact, as we landed I had a different moment - for those of you who've seen Tangled (and if you haven't - watch it!), when she leaves the tower and is going I can't believe I did this!!!!.....I can't believe I did this.....I can't believe I did this!!!! - yep, that was my moment.
And I'm so glad that that awful doubting moment right before I left the UK has gone, because so far I've had a great time. I mean, today I've had three coffees. THREE. I normally have less than that in a week! And I could definitely get used to it.
Having finally remembered to dish out the typical English foodbits that I'd brought along (see previous post, I also added the essential Percy Pigs), I've now retired to the lovely room they've put me up in, and boy, I cannot wait to fall asleep.....