Apparently, there is a heat wave in the UK. That is what the bbc news report I saw at the airport said. It got to 30 degrees in London (the hottest of anywhere in the country), while I was there, I thought it was a bit warm, similar to the weather in Paris the day before, but ‘heatwave’? They were issuing a health advisory as well! The forecast is for 31 tomorrow, and possibly the mind blowing 32 degrees later in the week. Some British people seem worried, Australians everywhere are laughing hysterically at this now I’m sure. I wish I was staying there to ‘suffer through’ it, (though not riding the tube during it) temperatures like that are nowhere near Buenos Aires this time of year.
Anyway, I flew out of Terminal 5 at Heathrow, 1st time I’ve done that since it was built, everything worked seamlessly I was very impressed. No queues at check in, they have virtually everyone using self check in machines (naturally my ticket wasn’t valid for that but I’m used to that by now). I also got through security and passport controls with essentially no waiting! The departure lounge is large and full of shops, bars and restaurants, one of the nicest I’ve been in. My only complaints were that the wifi wasn’t free (not too surprising) and, here’s the big one, that Andy Murrays 4th round game at Wimbledon was not being shown on any of the tvs! I could scarcely believe it. I was in London, during Wimbledon with the British No 1 playing and it wasn’t on tv. Truly shameful.
Moving on from that, to Argentina. Longest flight of my life, and the last of my long haul flights on this trip. Over 16 hours all together including the 2 hour stop in Sao Paulo. Can’t complain about anything on it really though, more legroom that usual in economy it seemed. I sat next to another backpacker going to the same countries as me for the next few months, first time I’ve sat next to anyone interesting on a flight! Now I’m in Buenos Aires, at an awesome hostel, I now have no concept of time after that flight and will complete the day by visiting one of the world renowned steak restaurants here.
Tags: Argentina, England, Travel