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Amanda's Travel log

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Hi, it's all about the adventure... ((*_*))

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Jun 11, 2009 08:00 PM Heading to where the sun is shining

Heading to where the sun is shining As I checked in for my flight online, there were various reminders that my flight was taking off from Terminal 5 Heathrow. There last time I was here they were just opening T5 and there were a whole set of problems with delays, loss of baggage etc. So in some ways I was excited to depart out of this terminal and for me it didn't disappoint. I thought it was well laid out and my departure gate was right next to the food hall, which for me was really suprising as I've never had such a short walk.

I like T5 whilst I didn't do much shopping there was a good range of shops, I especially like the sony store; but I did get myself a pair of snazzie concorde cufflinks - hmm my keepsake.

Jun 10, 2009 08:00 PM Weekend outing

Weekend outing Finally a weekend away. I've only been back for a little over a month and going back to work has had its challenges; so the best way to work around this is to take a weekend away. I wanted to do Tallin, but got a really cheap flight with BA so I'm heading to Budapest.

As it is only a weekend I can't be bothered to do research so I'm just going to turn up and see what happens... This is as exciting as I'm sure the trip will be.

May 29, 2009 08:00 PM It's hot hot hot

It's hot hot hot Second weekend in a row and the weather has been great in London. The temperature rose to a swelting 27 degress. When the weather is this hot, one of the nicest ways to spend time is on the river.

Now I know it is a tourist thing to do, but there were a lot of Brits doing the same thing. I took one of the river boats down to Kew.

These depart from Westminster Pier and it take an hour and 30 minutes to Kew Pier. If you stay on the ferry it continues to Richmond and then Hampton Court (which takes two and half hours). I'm not too sure how many services run daily; I think the times are around 10:30, 11:15 and 12:00 and the returns are at 15:30, 16:00. Acutally I'm not really sure when the last one departs. The vessels are a little old and not very attractive but the ride is really nice. The crew give a commentary of important buildings that you pass and there is a licenced bar on board. A few of the well prepared visitors had brought along their packed lunches and preceeded to have a picnic on board, which considering the length of the journey was a good idea. I'm not sure what the actual cost is, but as I had a travelcard I only paid around £11 return.

May 27, 2009 08:00 PM Been back nearly a month

Been back nearly a month And my feet are really scratching me; I just had to book something. So I'm booking a weekend away. Take a few pictures, have a little dinner, see a few sights is all I've got planned. And then I have to organised something a little further afield.


May 07, 2009 08:00 PM Decisions, decisions..

Decisions, decisions.. Ok it's that time again to decided where to vacation this year! I know I went ot Hawaii but it doesn't really count, for some reason.

Now back in the UK the fun should really begin but my travel partner is otherwise occupied. So my big plans of going to Thailand and Cambodia is out of the window until next year... Or the year after as next year is supposed to be Africa.

On the plan for this year, so far is, Russia, Hungary, Scotland, Jordan and possibly Iceland. Now this may not actually work out and the economic position is the UK is still a little dodgy. We will see...

May 04, 2009 08:00 PM Cultural shock

Cultural shock Wow who would have belived it that I would feel so out of place here. Going back to work was tiresome

Apr 30, 2009 08:00 PM Ok I'm back

Ok I'm back Got back into London half an hour before schedule, which was great. But not only that the sun was shining and the weather seems warm.

I came in at Gatwick so took the Thameslink down to central London, the good thing is that it only costs £8.90 and takes about 50 minutes, whist if I had driven it would have taken over an hour.

But the thing that was most astonishing to me was as I came out of the station was the amount of people smoking so much so the air was heavy; coupled with the car exhaust, dust pollution it was almost unbearable. Oh for the fresh air of the caribbean....

Apr 29, 2009 08:00 PM Homeward bound

Homeward bound Well after six wonderful months, I'm on my way home. Moving from 32 degrees to 16 degrees, I'm sure I'm really going to feel it.

The great thing of being on a small island is that I can drop my bags off at the airport early and then spend the rest of the afternoon at the beach. Actually I don't plan to spend it at the beach, but you get my drift.

Also I've noticed things have changed over here, it used to be that you had to pay a departure tax ($100) when leaving the country. Most visitors didin't really know and there was always some problem at the airport, but I belive now this is being incorporated into the ticket, so you no longer have to pay anything additional. I found this was great when I took AA to Miami, so here's hoping this continues.

Anyway see you all on the otherside

Apr 28, 2009 08:00 PM Last ditch

Last ditch Well for the last, I have to head to a few beaches, but the new trend is to charge an entrance fee. There used to be only one beach on the island that had an entry fee, but now there is at least two others, I headed down to Canoe Bay, which was a lot quieter than Pigeon Point and the water was lovely and claim unlike Store Bay. It only cost TT$15 entrance fee which is around £2, but it does mean you have changing facilities, toilets and a bar. What more can you ask for.

Apr 27, 2009 08:00 PM Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point The last lap of the Jazz Festival was held in Pigeon Point, which used to be a private owned beach, but it appears the governemnt have bought them out. I don't know but I suspect that things came to a head a few years ago when a local fisherman was killed by a security guard. To be honest I forget how this it happend, but the people was up in arms and said that the company was taking things too far as fisherman have always been allowed to enter the resort without paying.

Anyway for the most popular beach on the island it really made sense to be owned by the people. But the funny thing is that the cost has now gone up to TT$30 entrance fee when people thought it would be free.

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