Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Birmingham, UK

 A Quick Update

Leaving my flat in London.

Had a quick scare yesterday... thought my blogging was over for the rest of the trip, and my lifeline as well. I did the dumbest American tourist thing EVER yesterday. But at least I'm admitting it to you. You would think after being a savvy traveler for years that I would be a little smarter. But I guess mistakes happen. I hadn't eaten all day and therefore had low blood sugar. I took the bus with all my belongings from London to Birmingham and left my laptop case overhead with my passport!!!!!!!!! I had a feeling against leaving it overhead too, but didn't want it sliding on the floor and damaging my leather case. Didn't realize until 20 minutes after the bus was well on it's way, that I was missing my sweater and (gasp) my laptop/ passport. No matter how cautious I try to be by keeping the passport separate from my purse in case anything happened to that. Ugh- you can't win sometimes.

We had arrived at a field of bluebells which I tried hard to appreciate, but was desperate to get my passport (and laptop). So we called the mainline, got ahold of the station, who tracked the driver and I was able to await his return route an hour later. I was sooo lucky! What an amateur move.

If anything a memory with a good ending. It's been so surreal to see my friend Sheila. We went to celebrate at a French cafe -- was lovely and fortunately we could relax and enjoy.

Poor thing, the two of us with her cane waiting at the bus stop.. oh my!

I do love this town though. I took a canal tour yesterday. 

Today we are taking a day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birth place!



  1. J aime!!! Belles fleurs!!!
    Angela Donava

  2. oh my gosh!!! my heart was all beating fast for you, that would be my worst nightmare, i swear!
    i'm glad it turned out good!

  3. Lucky girl!!!!! Be careful honey! Hope you're having a grand time friend...Oh by the way, the ebook comes out Friday and you're mentioned in my dedication! Kori xoxo

  4. oh i love looking at posts while bloggers travel. i basically live through them and i feel i get to visit the same places.cant wait to see more!

  5. I'm reading and I literally "gasp"...I am so very glad you recovered the passport and your labtop. That really would have sucked. Wow! I'm seriously glad you were able to recover your belongings. Glad your having a good trip.

  6. Whew..that was a close one! xxoo :)

  7. WOW Nik! You had my heart racing! Thankfully you were about to retrieve your belongings! Looks like you are having a wonderful, beautiful time. Things like this are supposed to happen, so you can look back and laugh :) love ya!

  8. Please be safe. Miss you.



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