UK Trip....Part 1

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 by Stained in

As requested by Zanzibar...I am going to try to replicate the Salalah Trip series of pictures with text for my UK trip also. Hopefully I'll be able to do it!!!

Friday, 13th of March

1) We reached the airport at 3:45am. I was driven there by my brother and sister. Got into line for check in that took ages and then got back out, said goodbye and then headed back in to make our ways to the main Terminal. We were flying Qatar Airways and our flight was at 7:30am. We hung around the Duty Free, I had McDonalds and prayed. After that we headed off to the boarding gate where they were making the last call so we were kind of late. Anyway we boarded our small plane for our 45min ride to Doha. We sat next to the Emergency Exit and I was tempted to fiddle around. Next to us, one of the Air Host (not sure what you call the guy) was seated during take-off and landing. his chair had a 6 point safety belt. Quite odd honestly seeing how that belt is safer than the belts we get. Anyway we landed in Doha approximately at 7:30am local time. We were served some orange juice and a spinach croissant/sandwich/whatever you call it on the flight. We got off the plane into a bus and reached the terminal where we got into line again to go to our boarding gate for our London flight. I forgot to mention that the security checks at Dubai are great. No removing belts or other stuff unlike Doha where I was required to remove my belt. The toilets are dirty also in comparison. Anyway I think after one hour we boarded our flight to London after some dirty looks from the guys checking our passports and wondering why we were going...urgh!!! Reminded me of the Visa application form where they ask questions like have you taken part in any terrorist activities or are you part of a terrorist organisation. Seriously will any real terrorist confess to being one...sheesh!!! Anyway we got window seats (Yaaay!!!!!) as the plane was quite empty. It was indeed one long flight but I was having fun watching movie on my faulty screen and taking pictures. My window was the only one open but then had to close it due to my friend...annoying. The ride was fun, with hardly any turbulence, plenty of clouds under us, saw lots of towns, snow capped mountains, frozen ice on water, other planes etc. I also used the plane toilet for the first time in my life (I don’t travel much and whenever I have, it’s been a max of 3 hour flights). The toilet experience was good. We were served lunch which was delicious (shame on you Emirates). I saw a few movies but my faulty screen was annoying so I was busy most of my time smudging my window whenever I got the chance.
2) We landed a little behind schedule due to the rush at Heathrow so we kept taking rounds in the air for some time. We landed at 01:03pm, got through the security quite quickly with the whole remove belt, getting felt up (aaaaaahhh!!) by an Indian security guard, speaking to a friendly passport control guy and getting our luggage almost immediately. Though we had to wait at the airport while some of my other friends got picked up by their respective people. So at about 2:15pm we made our way to the tube station with our new Oyster cards (bought by the friend we were living at, let’s call him Jes). We managed somehow to load our luggage into the tube and got some dirty looks from the other passengers. We had to change a tube which was a pain as there were no escalators and I had to carry about 35kilos of baggage up the stairs. I fell over my bags when we got on to the second tube as it started move as the tube is not smooth. It lurches and jerks all over the place and so you have to hold on to something. We reached Jes place at 3:30pm approximately. For the rest of the day, we chilled out, went to Liverpool station to buy tickets for Sheffield and ate dinner. Note that everyone apart from fud had slept on the plane and by 10pm they were all asleep or in the process of falling asleep while I was busy browsing the internet. I went to sleep at 12am on the two seated sofa that is just too small for a person of my height but there was no place. Woke up the next morning at 6am (jet lag I suppose) and so went for a walk with Jes who was also awake while the rest of the house slept. First proper day in UK and I’m freely carrying my camera without my bag, I must have lost my marbles then but I was just lazy to carry my whole bag. As my friend explains how the neighbourhood nearby is not safe, and how a guy got stabbed in front of his son at the spot we were passing, I was still freely taking pictures without a fear in my mind. But I think it was because the whole place was empty. It was a Saturday early morning!!!3) We headed off to do some grocery shopping at a place called ASDA. We took the tube called DLR which is not an underground service. Got to the see the east side of town. You can see the O2 arena in this shot.
4) A shot of Royal Victoria Dock where we stopped over on our way to get groceries. This was taken from the Bridge that went across it. It was very windy!!!
5) There were many Swans that kept followung us expecting some food from us. Unfortunately we were carrying none.
6) The others walking back to the station.
7) Shot taken as we headed back home. We didn't go out anywhere that night, had pasta for dinner and just chilled out generally.

More later....sorry for the long post!!!


  1. The first pic!!! OH.MY.GOD

  1. Anonymous says:

    no apologies needed....finally a long post from u...luv ure pics as usual...will not say nemore as it will sound like im gushing...ok wait .....what the heck here goes...i just adore the first pic....n the sky in all ure pics is really fav tho is the one with the vintage car in it...i like all things from the yesteryears...
    n i knw..Doha airport sux..
    is the crime tht bad in england?
    ive heard abt the stabbings n stuff but if ppl cant walk round freely with their cams, well....enuf said
    btw how tall r u?

  1. Stained says:

    neel...I've got the first picture printed A2 size for an it's just lying around...interested in taking it off me???

    Zanzi...I like that vintage shot a lot as well...and the sky looks like that due to some intelligent post processing... :)
    Well I didn't see any crime happen...but in some places it's suppose to be really bad..not safe at all to roam around alone...
    and I am 5'9!!!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Stained. Amazing pics as usual. for a second I thought you took the first shot from a space shuttle!!!

    amazing.. just amazing.

    keep the good work

  1. Stained says:

    Thanks Naseem!!!

  1. rosh says:

    Brilliant stuff! and you flew Qatar Airways :)

  1. Stained says:

    Thanks Rosh...

    Qatar airways was the cheapest when my friends bought it...not for me though!! :|

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