COM0014 – Blog #1: What I Did on My Vacation

Depeche Mode, Delta Machine Tour ~ London, England

Can I tell you how terrified I am of flying?  Like, my eyes actually fill with tears and I feel physically sick kind of terrified, even just thinking about flying or seeing an airplane can give me the same reaction.  Is anyone with me on this?  Well, this girl had to overcome her fear of flying in order to see her favourite band EVER in London, England!

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So I need to backtrack.  Back in 2009, I took a part-time job in order to pay for my post-graduate courses.  I think it was on my second shift that I was partnered with Sarah, who is basically my English twin.  Have you ever just completely clicked with someone and felt like you have known them forever?  This totally sums up our friendship.  Needless to say, Sarah and I completely hit it off, so much so that we were scolded like schoolgirls for talking too much (story of my life).

Sarah misses her homeland, and visits England a few times a year.  She had mentioned that she would love to show me her country.  Well…cue a Depeche Mode world tour announcement, and us securing tickets to one of their sold out shows at o2 just in time for my birthday!

But then reality hit…  This means I have to fly.  Actually get on an airplane and survive a flight over an ocean!  To say I was terrified was an understatement.  I couldn’t back out, so I threw myself into helping Sarah with our itinerary, and immersing myself into anything and everything British.

Between visits with Sarah’s family and friends, we got to see quite a bit of the country since she has family both in the south and the north.  I absolutely adored Haworth, a quaint village in the north in West Yorkshire.  What English major wouldn’t?  Rich in Brontë history and gorgeously lush, this was a perfect day.  I was also drawn to the architecture, the stones almost looked like they were covered in soot.

If you only have a few days in London like we did, I highly recommend an open bus tour (we used https://www.theoriginaltour.com/?aff=FTBF).  This is a convenient way to see the sites because you can jump on and off at various points, or just ride the bus all day if you want.  We ended up doing the loop twice to ensure we saw everything.  The second time around was the charm, the guide was a fantastic combination of knowledgable and hilarious.  Highlights included: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge (gah, the Crown Jewels), Downing Street, and we managed to squeeze in a little shopping on Oxford Street.

The night of the concert was incredible.  The energy in the air was palpable, even on the tube.  The o2 Arena was everything I thought it would be and more.  There were huge tube-shaped screens projecting Depeche Mode videos, and giant banners everywhere.  Our seats were amazing, and I think the  whole time I was pretty much shell-shocked; I was actually in London, England seeing Depeche Mode.  Bucket list item, check!

To say the week that I spent in London was perfect would be an understatement—it was an incredible, action-packed trip in one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities.  The only downfall was leaving my little family at home and being pretty much out of contact (good thing I was kept so busy by my personal tour guide, Sarah).  So I figure that this means I am destined to return to London with those that I hold most dear.

Until we meet again, London.  You have my heart.

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