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Procrastinate? Don't mind if I do! [20110716|23:08]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I packed for my Spain trip whilst sober. It was really boring. Also, I remembered my knickers. DULLLL.

I leave Cambridge tomorrow morning about five hours before my flight - which is ridiculous - because the wonderful British transport system has decided to go completely tits up this weekend. This means my journey goes like this.

  • Taxi to Cambridge station
  • Train from Cambridge to Royston
  • Bus from Royston to Stevenage (engineering works)
  • Train from Stevenage to Kings Cross
  • Tube from Kings Cross to Paddington (only the Hammersmith & City line is running - both the others have engineering works)
  • Train from Paddington to Heathrow

Normally I would scorn to take the Heathrow Express because, hello, £16.50 for a journey that lasts 15 minutes? Can we say rip-off? However, the Piccadilly line, which would normally carry me smoothly from Kings Cross to Heathrow for the more modest price of included-in-my-annual-travelcard, has - you guessed it - engineering works.

Today I sorted out my travel arrangements, packed my luggage, went to the gym, tidied, did some Cassini work and felt very proud and mature until I realised that it was 8 PM and I still hadn't finished my talk.

It's almost done now and I could perhaps finish it, but I think the last slide might end up being a drawing of a unicorn being mauled by an angry tuxedo cat* or something so it's probably better if I leave that task for the airport tomorrow.

* This is totally an invitation to make me a drawing of a unicorn being mauled by an angry tuxedo cat, btw.

[User Picture]From: shadowdaddy
2011-07-16 22:49 (UTC)
Remembering your knickers doesn't mandate actually wearing them.

You will post any drawings of mauled unicorns, right?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-23 10:36 (UTC)
I had no time to make drawings of mauled unicorns, sadly. I actually paid attention for the entire workshop. I think this may constitute some sort of record.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-23 10:37 (UTC)
Oddly enough, it worked out. I was the first of my colleagues to arrive at the check-in desk at Heathrow!
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-07-17 06:03 (UTC)
How about pre-mauling? http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j130/foxyady60/cat%20graffix/1022.jpg

And talk about planes trains and automobiles! You should take a boat just for bonus points in there somewhere!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-23 10:38 (UTC)
Awwwww. I have a tuxedo cat napping on my legs right now. I think he might have missed me.

If I could have taken a boat back to England yesterday, I would have. I probably would've arrived at home earlier than 1:30 AM!
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2011-07-17 10:38 (UTC)
Not being run by the rip-off merchants at BAA, Heathrow Connect will get you from Paddington to terminals 1+3 in 23 minutes for £8.50 one-way. Change at Heathrow Central for 4/5.

Plus, an all-zones travelcard will cover you as far as Hayes, so you would actually only need a £4.90 single ticket from there.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-23 10:39 (UTC)
Thank you. I'll make a mental note for the future. Unfortunately, this time I really needed the Express. Especially on the return journey, or I might not have made the last train home last night.
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[User Picture]From: mananath
2011-07-17 19:06 (UTC)
out of curiosity, what's the cost "from-home-to-airport" going to be?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-23 10:43 (UTC)
If I'd paid on the day without an Oyster card for the tube, it would have been something like this:

Home-Cambridge station: £7
Cambridge-Kings X, one way: £18
Kings X-Paddington, single journey: £4
Paddington-Heathrow: £16.50

for a total of £45. For me, the Cambridge-Paddington section is covered by the £4800 I pay annually to travel to work.
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[User Picture]From: mananath
2011-07-25 04:26 (UTC)
so hypothetically, if one was to arrive in London (presumably staying near tourist stuff) by train but return to the states by air, which would be the best airport to pick to fly out of? I know there are few that are considered "london" but are a bit away from the city proper. Which is easiest to get to?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-29 19:16 (UTC)
It depends on where you're staying. If you stayed in south London (near Victoria station) it would be easiest to get to Gatwick by coach or train. If you're in west or central London, Heathrow is the easiest (many options: Underground, coach, train). If you're in north London, Luton might be the easiest (train or coach). You're unlikely to be able to fly out of Stansted or City airports, so I'd leave those out of the equation.
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