Monday, 11 July
My flight landed in London at about 8:45 in the morning. My flight to Cape Town wasn’t scheduled to leave until 7:30pm, so I decided I definitely didn’t want to sit around at the Heathrow airport all day. Instead, when I got into the terminal (after taking a really long shuttle from the plane itself) I went through British customs and left the airport. I then took the 77 bus at Stop #9 outside of Terminal 5 (International) to Windsor!
The bus ride was about 45 minutes and cost about 5 pounds for a round trip ticket. It was so worth it! The drive was really pretty and it was cool to drive through all of the towns. When I got to Windsor, I immediately remembered where I was because I traveled there with the Contardi family about 4 years ago. After walking about for a little while, I decided to go on the tour of Windsor Castle. I was there for about 2 hours and listened to (almost) all of the audio commentary. I felt really weird having people take my picture all of the time, so I didn’t end up getting many with me in them! But the castle is absolutely beautiful and I’m really glad I spent the money to go in. I spent a lot more time outside and in the St. George’s Chapel rather than going inside like I did last visit.
After that I walked around the shopping center quite a bit… and it was really difficult not to buy anything! Of course H&M, TopShop, and Zara were all next to each other and having huge sales. I’m proud of myself for resisting the urge, especially because I definitely did not have any room left in my backpack. Side note: I brought my Pillow Pet named Scrunch (a penguin) with me and so I looked pretty funny carrying him around Windsor with me. Now that I think about it I wish I took a picture with him at the Castle… maybe on the way home!
I was absolutely exhausted around 3pm and was afraid of falling asleep on a bench somewhere so I decided to head back to the airport early. (I hadn’t really slept since Saturday night so this was definitely a possibility.) Back at Heathrow I basically just sat around and read Water for Elephants until it was time to go to my gate.
Once I got to my gate, I realized there were tons of college students on the flight as well… and most turned out to be going to the same program at UCT as me! Our flight ended up being delayed because of some issue with a part, so it was cool to talk to a lot of people to pass the time. It turns out that I was 1 of only 2 people (out of about 30 students on the flight) who left the city! The other guy goes to GW… so it figures that 2 DC kids would have the guts to go on an adventure!
The flight to Cape Town was just as easy, if not easier, than the flight to London. I hadn’t slept in nearly 30 hours so I basically passed out hardcore for the first 8 hours. I was planning on waiting until after they served dinner to fall asleep but I ended up sleeping before the plane ever took off! Oops. When I finally woke up again I was too excited to get to Cape Town to really do anything else. I kept reading my book and obsessively checking the flight status map on my TV screen to see how much longer I had left. But alas, I finally made it!