Well here I am at Heathrow awaiting take off!!
Yesterday I travelled down to London from Banbury via Solihull, I know going in the wrong direction!!! My Kindle arrived (more about that later) so I arranged to meet Viv at Solihull Station to take delivery. On arrival at London I headed over to Brixton to meet up with Gemma. In the evening we went and had a fantastic meal at a Caribbean Restaurant. I have decided I really like Brixton so vibrant and multi-cultural, and the market is fantastic the range of fresh food is just incredible.
This morning I left the flat with Gemma at 7am and caught the bus to Paddington and then the Heathrow Express, I must say I do think The Heathrow Express is amazing from Central London to Heathrow in 15 minutes. So here I am at Terminal 5 as I am flying British Airways. I do like Terminal 5 very modern and all very quick from picking up my boarding pass to where I am now waiting 10 minutes.
Now back to my new toy!!! The Kindle, well I played with it on the train to London yesterday, it comes with 3g already installed so by the time I arrived in London I had downloaded all my guides and 8 other books, very impressive........now here comes the magic of modern technology ....I subscribed to The Times to be delivered to my Kindle every morning, yes I know but it was either The Torygraph or The Daily Mail. It comes with a 2 week free trial so I figured it was one way of keeping up with the news in the UK. Now for the magic.......This morning while sitting on the loo for my morning constitutional I turned on my Kindle waited about one minute and hey presto there was my paper. Now in all my life I have never had my morning paper delivered while sitting on the loo!!!!
Anyway hopefully my next post will be from Rio.....
Below is a picture I meant to post a few days ago of Adam showing his Grandmother the photos of his recent trip to Japan.
UPDATE 7 JANUARY 2011 Rio
I am sitting at the terrace restaurant of my hotel having just finished a nice breakfast of fresh Paw Paw and Pineapple followed by Cheese and Ham and a freshly baked roll, the coffee is amazing!!
The flight to Rio was fine even though we were one hour late leaving due to a non show so they had to unload the baggage. With a nice following wind the flight was just less than 12 hours. I found myself sitting next to 2 young woman who were also off backpacking but only round Brasil. The one sitting next to me was on her first long haul flight and celebrated by drinking BA out of Red Wine so that when we arrived in Rio she was in need of a little help, you can drink a lot of wine in 12 hours!!! She defiantly thought I was an old fuddy duddy drinking water.
When I arrived in Rio it was 11pm (Rio is 2 hours behind UK) and it was a very warm 28c. As I walked out of customs I was relieved to see my name on a sign, it had worked the hotel had remembered to send a car. I am a great believer in when you are arriving late at night in an unknown city try and make sure that you are collected. The drive to my hotel took about minutes and is at the top of one of Rio’s many hills, so I am sitting here with a quite nice view, the sun is shining and it must be in the high 20’s c.
As I sat down to breakfast I turned on my Kindle and hey presto my paper was delivered via the 3g connection, amazing!!!! Ok I won’t go on about it every day but I just think it is amazing that I can be sitting here in Rio reading today’s Times....