We flew overnight from New York - JFK to London Heathrow, and landed early in the morning, UK time. Exhausted but excited, we took the Tube into the city, and dropped our bags off at our hotel. We resisted falling into bed, taking Rick’s advice seriously that the best cure for jet lag is sunshine.
So, off we went to explore!
London holds a special place in our hearts. It was our first introduction to Europe on our first trip in 2015. It is a vibrant city with deep history, excellent museums, and great walkability! Every time we go there, we try to see something new. And of course, the more we go there, the more we check the big tourist destinations off of our list. This really challenges us to live like a local.
And I kid you not, ask us what our favorite part of London is, and we will say, every time, “The Tube.” This timely, efficient subway system is affordable and easy to use. It is such a thrill for us two Coloradoans, so used to our country roads and virtually zero public train systems, to be able to hop on and hop off all day as we run around exploring.
So, on this first day in London, we set out for the Imperial War Museum and the British Museum, having never visited either before. We jumped on the tube at our closest stop, Holborn, and set off. I found both museums to be really challenging (I wrote an entire post about it, if you’re interested!). There is a lot of intensity to the war museum, especially; just really heavy topics. But I do appreciate that they are trying to bring those experiences to life, especially in this day and age, and for those living in the west, where we are more and more removed from the brutality of war.
Staying awake was such a challenge, but even more difficult was falling asleep! The body clock is just so confused at this point. We just focused on getting cozy, going through our usual routine, and making it completely dark in the hotel room. We even listened to a meditation about sleep. It’s really best to not fight the body, or get anxious. Sleep will come, even if you’re just laying there staring at the ceiling. And eventually, we fell asleep, eager for another day of wonderful London.