We’re on the cusp of our next adventure. We have had many these past six years, but the best adventure is always the next adventure. This next adventure is to France with a 44 hour stop in London. We have much that we’re looking forward to, especially from a culinary perspective, but first we have to get there. And travel just isn’t as glamorous as it used to be.
We can only imagine travel in the early days of airplanes. Movies elicit visions of how special air travel once was. Even when we were children, flying was a special luxury that we did only occasionally.
Fast forward to the present. The airlines get you coming and going with different charges for things that used to be free. Security can be a bitch, especially when flying out of Philadelphia International Airport. Seats seem smaller and flight attendants surlier.
That all being said, we both enjoy the logistical part of travel that involves getting from point A to point B. We like exploring airports during layovers. A favorite airport memory is when we shared a hotdog at the Frankfurt Airport during a layover to Porto and realized why there were so many hotdogs (i.e. frankfurters, duh!) at that particular airport. We like free Wi-Fi. We like complimentary beverages. Most of all, we like being together and sharing the experience.
Today’s travel will be long. After staying up entirely too late last night packing (at the last minute as usual), we each have a full day of work. Our itinerary includes an Amtrak ride from Philadelphia to Newark, an overnight flight from Newark to London and then two tube trains to our friends’ flat in Central London. Since we have so little time in London, we are going to jump right into the city. To sweeten the experience, we randomly received two United Club passes yesterday in the mail, which we will use at Newark Liberty International Airport for some of our favorite things – free Wi-Fi and complimentary beverages. Who are we to complain?!