After a long string of travel setbacks, British Airways
finally got me into London and comped my hotel room for
the night. I got in around midnight (after the Tube had
shut down for the night), but my flight the next day didn't
leave until the afternoon, so I figured I had some extra
time. I mapped out a few sites and figured out how to get
there from the airport -- what I didn't know was how long it
took to get from Heathrow to central London via the
Underground. On the Picadilly Line to Cockfosters, it took
just over an hour -- given that I only had a window of
about two and a half hours, that cut my free time down to
just thirty minutes for sightseeing! That ruled out a
museum -- I knew that a half hour wouldn't be enough
time to get my money's worth. It ruled out Buckingham
Palace and the Tower of London -- it would take me a
half hour just to get in! So I settled on the one thing in
London I knew I could see without feeling like time had
cheated me out of a complete experience. Something
simple, something that would be worth a photo or two at
the most, something inexpensive...
With my thirty minutes in London,
I visited Platform Nine and Three Quarters.
It was pretty simple once I got to King's Cross Station.
There is a Tube station directly underneath, so it was a
simple matter of coming up to street level and following
the signs. Platforms 1-09 were totally open to the public,
and just as I rounded the corner, I saw a luggage trolley
half-ensconced in a brick wall underneath the sign that
made my poor Muggle heart leap in stupid, non-magical
excitement. I half expected to see the Weasley twins, and
I strained my ears for the slightest hint of a magical
conversation... only halfway disappointed, I saw a tour
group posing for pictures. I sidled up alongside, snapping
some photos of my own, and the tour guide politely asked
if I would like a picture as well. 'Nice of 'im,' I thought, as I
handed over my camera. "No, no," he said, "you have to
wear the costume!"
He had a great little getup: cloak, wand and signature
Harry Potter specs. What more could a nerd ask for? The
guide was pretty awesome, took my picture and all, and
he gave me a brochure of his "Harry Potter Walking Tour
of London," which I have heard of and wish I could have
seen more of! His stops include Tottenham Court Road
(of "Deathly Hallows" infamy), Charing Cross Station and,
of course, Platform 9 3/4. He invited me to tag along for
the rest of the tour, which I had to decline, but I feel pretty
lucky to have been there when I was! All things
considered, I wish I'd had more time to explore London,
but I definitely feel as though
I got my thirty minutes' worth! FJKIII
Skunk Spray – Licorice
Rotten Egg - Buttered Popcorn
Ear Wax - Café Latte
Booger - Juicy Pear
Baby Wipes – Coconut
Pencil Shavings - Top Banana
Toothpaste - Berry Blue
Vomit – Peach
Moldy Cheese - Caramel Corn
Black Pepper - Plum
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