The trip over
I watched the movie Anna Karenina on the way over. I found it to be a very interesting film. The main theme seems to be the heart wants what it wants and will even destroy itself to have it. The film is a British Romantic Drama based on Tolstoy's novel. I thought it would be a good idea to watch a British flick on our way to the UK.
Food on a flight. Who eats that stuff? I politely refused it each time it was brought to me. Luckily we had a stop in Chicago and I was able to grab a Salad at the airport and bring it on the flight. It was pretty decent and held me over. I am not too big of a snacker but I did have my important stash of twizzlers and sour gummy worms if I needed something else.
I am also proud to say, that I was able to fly the entire way without needing to go to the lavatory. I mean, in 2009 there was an article written that many pilots refuse to pee in the airplane potty- so why should we? Well, I understand if you gotta go you gotta go.. but I will do my best to balance my hydration and my bladder.
We landed safely at Heathrow, Airport, in the UK. One of the busiest airports in the world.
Checking out Bristol
The train ride was beautiful. I have made a mental note to stop into Bath sometime in the future. It looks absolutely amazing.
The city of Bristol, is very cool. We stayed at the Mariot Royal. Did you know that Winston Churchill used to spend his days at this Hotel when he came into Bristol? It was a great little hotel and they offered a fantastic breakfast. If you are traveling with more than 2 people and you want to stay in the same room, remember to ask if the hotels offer a "family room" this will help you avoid having to get two rooms unless you need them.
After getting some much needed grub we decided to see the town. Running on little sleep it is important to push through the day to go to bed at a regular time to help with the time change. Just a note of advice for all you future travelers. Here are some pictures of what we saw on our first adventure.
As you know the main reason we went to Bristol was to check out the University of Bristol, because that is where I was originally planning on attending school. It was neat to see the different parts of the University. Unlike many Universities that have a campus this university is much much more just a part of the City. The buildings are amazing and I am sure that all the students who attend this school do in fact love the school and the city. Sadly, the program that I was interested in has been under a great deal of pressure and it is currently not looking good for the program to stay afloat. Just on May 13, there was an article written in the theGuardian about the program's current state. My mom and I did go on an adventure to find the Deaf Studies building. We are not for sure that it is in the building that we found, as it was a Bank Holiday, but we are going to tell ourselves that it is. According to the University Map, we found the building. However, every other building had specific details on which programs were within them. This one did not. Then again, maybe removing a sign was part of the effort to close down the program. Who knows. Here are some pictures from the rest of the trip. The last day it did rain and we were all pretty tired. Since our flight was later in the afternoon, I curled up and read. What a great escape.
Look for future posts on the next part of the adventure.