So I finally made it out of Boston and am writing this in St. Athans at Kings Cross in London. I'm going to briefly update this post everyday with my day - hope a few of you read it and like it or at least find my experiences useful.
Aer Lingus is a weird airline. For the first time ever I was made to stand in a line to check in while they took 10 minutes or more to take my passport away to simply photocopy my visa. Why? Who knows?
Stop over in Dublin. No sleep. Dublin to Heathrow. Dozed a bit. Landed in London on 18th Aug at 1:30pm. No checked in baggage at all.
Mom and Dad were flying Qatar Air from Mumbai and they got caught in a terrible line for immigration. Waited for 2 hours for them, they eventually got out of the arrivals terminal at Terminal 4 at 3:30ish.
Bought 3 Oyster cards and loaded a 7 day travelcard on each of them. The operator performed 3 separate transactions, meaning I lose transaction-fee money 3 times. Why not just buy all 3 with 1 transaction? Weird.
Each travel card cost 41 pounds'ish. That's apparently 31 for the Zone 1 travel card and 10 topped up to adjust my travel from Heathrow to Russel Square.
Getting off at Russel square and checking my balance revealed that there was only 3.50 pounds left of the additional 10. Wonder why. Any clues?
St. Athans is a nice little place. Super tiny rooms and shared bathrooms but really we knew all that when we booked it. No complaints.
Ate dinner at an all vegetarian Indian place - Woodlands in Picadilly Circus. Delicious food but costs a pretty penny - 47 pounds for the 3 of us.
Plenty of stairs everywhere in the tube. Dad's having a hard time. There are elevators and escalators too though, which makes matters a little easier. I need to study the bus routes a bit more closely - just that the tube is so much more convenient.
So far so good though, and I'm just very tired with very little sleep in the last couple of days. Tomorrow Dad will ride the London Eye, and we'll try and see the changing of the guards in the morning. If things go well, we'll try and fit in a visit to the Buckingham Palace in the afternoon. Big Ben and a few other attractions are all enroute - between Westminister Abbey (view from outside or view just the free part if there is one) and Buckingham Palace.. so we'll see all that too.
Will check in tomorrow and tell you guys how things went :). Thanks again for all your help - this trip wouldn't even be possible without your help :)