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Trip Report - 4th Time in London, but alone this time

Trip Report - 4th Time in London, but alone this time

Old Apr 7th, 2003, 05:55 PM
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Kimberley & kaudrey - thanks for the info on Ikea. I went to the website as suggested - and now I have another goal -- to personally visit one of their stores!

I was also wondering - was this your first time alone in London? And do you prefer solo to companion travel? If not, why not? I love London but have never gone by myself. I think I would really enjoy doing so - just have to convince my husband I can take care of myself there.
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Old Apr 7th, 2003, 06:23 PM
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Thanks for your trip report. Reports like that make me touristsick (it cannot be homesick because London is not home) for London.

Fortunately, there is an Ikea near me in a huge discount mall, so I do not have to go to London for that.
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Old Apr 7th, 2003, 07:56 PM
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JJ127: This was my first trip to Europe alone, but I am generally a really independent person and I often do things alone at home. I have absolutely no problem going to restaurants, movies, even rock concerts, by myself. Having done it, I would definitely do it again, but I wouldn't say that I am converted to someone who would now only travel alone. I think both (alone and with someone) have their perks. On the whole, I probably would prefer to travel with someone BUT I would rather travel alone than with the wrong person, and I would rather travel alone than not travel at all.

My second trip to Europe was one of those "country-hopping" whirlwind trips with an old girlfriend from high school. As it is, we really have a LOT less in common now than when we were in high school...and I think people's differences become even more pronounced when travelling together. She is a very finicky eater and preferred to eat at McDonald's whenever possible. She is "cheap" (by my standards...I am not necessarily spendthrift, but I also want to take advantage of the fact that I am in Europe and actually experience some of it) and she usually felt that the cost of activities was not worth the expense (ie. she chose not to go to the Louvre in Paris because she didn't want to pay the admission). Luckily we were both independent enough to be willing to split up at times like that, so we avoided any real spats and managed to have a really good time together. But in retrospect, I might have preferred to just have travelled without her. I have another close friend who I almost went to Italy with 2 years ago. When she got back, she told me all the "horror" stories of rude locals in every single city who walked right past her struggling with her enormous suitcase, and never offered to carry it for her. Turns out she beleives it is necessary to pack 2 different outfits for each day, and that it's always better to have all your belongings with you than to wish you did. Nothing against that travel philosophy, but it's not for me, and it would have frustrated me to be dealing with the hassles and delays of her travelling style. I was thrilled to be in central London less than 90 minutes after my flight touched ground because I was able to whiz through customs, baggage claim, and the tube station.

On the flipside, I am now lucky enough to be in love with a great guy who shares a very similar travel style to me. We had a perfect trip to Paris in May (pics at http://www.kdkdesign.com/paris/paris.html for anyone who hasn't seen them, and cares to), and I would sooner travel with him than without him anyday. He is currently studying 24/7 for his radiology licensure boards in June, and there was no possible way he could have gone anywhere now. Faced with the choice of going alone (and taking advantage of these phenomenal airfares) or not going at all...for me, it was a no-brainer. And luckily, he is confident enough in my abilities that he had no problems with me going.

If you care to discuss solo female travel at more length, or if you have more specific questions pertaining to your own plans, you can also feel free to e-mail me at [email protected]

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Old Apr 8th, 2003, 04:54 AM
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Thanks for the excellent trip report. I go to London 3/4 times a year to visit my daughter and family. Since the kids are in school and the adults work I have lots of time to do my own thing. I'm not as much of a shopper, but I do go to Costco in every possible country. Very interesting to see a whole aisle of baked beans!! Also interesting to see what US products are popular in other countries and a good place to buy (large sizes) of favorite British stuff to take home. I also love to go to Kew Gardens. Beautiful, good free tours, and now an excellent restaurant. Can get there by tube.
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Old Apr 8th, 2003, 06:41 AM
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Kimberley, are we the only two on this board who enjoyed 'Our House'? I thought this show was far superior to Mama Mia or any musical I have seen for a long while. I am not a fan of Madness and had been putting off seeing it until a good friend dragged me there. I am glad that she did otherwise I would have missed a superb musical. The show tackles the issues like adolescent angst, friendship, loyalty and the importance of home and family beautifully. And the young cast is so full of energy. The lightning costume changes between the male lead and his alter ego is just beyond belief. So anyone who is thinking of taking their teenage children to theatre or wanting to see a British musical, this is the one to go for. You don't have to be a fan of Madness to enjoy this show. No, I don't get commission from this show. It seems a pity or Madness to pass on one excellent show. By the way, the lead singer of Madness, Suggs is appearing in this show for 10 weeks. I am going in two weeks' time. Can't await.

Kimberley, great report, thanks for reminding me just how lucky I am to live in this great city.

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Old Apr 8th, 2003, 11:26 AM
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I agree with everything Naturaltan says, especially about the costume changes. I was repeatedly amazed when he would walk on stage as the alter-ego just seconds after walking off. Incredible. I have a question: Is suggs playing the lead role of Joe Casey, or a smaller one. And if he is Joe, do you think he is too old to pull it off convincingly?
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Old Apr 8th, 2003, 02:59 PM
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Hey everyone,
I have been getting some e-mails from people who have mentioned that they enjoy looking at trip pictures. In case anyone else feels the same, I figured I would show you a couple of other trips from this year(not all European). Just to put them all in one place:
This trip (London, March 2003): http://www.kdkdesign.com/london/london.html
Paris, May 2002: http://www.kdkdesign.com/paris/paris.html
Carribean Cruise, September 2002: http://www.kdkdesign.com/cruise/cruise.htmlChicago, December 2002: http://www.kdkdesign.com/chicago/chicago.html
And if you want so see some gorgeous pictures, my dad posts up his trip pics at www.travelwalks.com (it's not a commercial website in any way, just on online photo album).
Enjoy!
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Old Apr 8th, 2003, 03:00 PM
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Sorry the line break got deleted between the cruise and chicago. They are:
Carribean Cruise, September 2002: http://www.kdkdesign.com/cruise/cruise.html
Chicago, December 2002: http://www.kdkdesign.com/chicago/chicago.html
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Kimberly, I thought I was the only person fascinated by IKEA. We don't have one in Ireland (apparently too low population and does not fir thir requirements) but I have been in Spain and when in Edinburgh I dragged my mother along. Whe loved it even though she can go to ones outside NY! Your trip sounds wonderful and I might pop over to visit some friends and see a few plays as I have it in my head now.

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Kimberley, Suggs plays the father and the reviews for his performance have been positive. Okay, he is not an actor but he has presence. Good day.
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I wish I had seen this before my trip to London.
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I hit send to soon, my biggest regret when I went to sweden last year was not going to the worlds biggest IKEA store, you are a kindered spirit.
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