This was my first trip out of North America.  I’d just heard about a great fare sale on US Airways between DFW and London, and decided that I couldn’t miss out.  I asked around my circle of friends to see if anyone wanted to go, but it was very last minute, and most people already had plans for Thanksgiving.  Thru one of these friends though, I met Syd and she decided to go with me.  We had a blast, and she eventually ended up being one of the four roommates in the Austin Party House days.  We knew it was going to be a rushed trip; looking back, we crammed way too much into a week, but we did get to see the major highlights of London, Paris and Amsterdam.

We arrived at Heathrow on two different flights, very early in the morning. We had reservations at a hostel, and headed over there to drop off our bags and start looking around. We set ourselves up on one of those open bus tours of the city, and then wandered over to the main area to see the typical tourist sites.  Later we took a river cruise on the Thames, and then caught a showing of Les Miserables on the west end that night.  The next day we caught the changing of the guard and went shopping at Harrod’s and other neat little shops.

Finally we headed to the airport to catch our flight to Amsterdam.  The check-in counter had a sign that was asking for volunteers to be bumped.  We figured we didn’t have anything to lose, so we let them know we didn’t mind. It turned out that we weren’t needed, but to thank us, they gave us complimentary upgrades to first class.  It was only about an hour flight, but we discovered that you can drink a LOT of champagne in an hour.

About The Author

Henry has spent three winters living in Antarctica which funded his early explorations and adventures around the world. Now he holds down a full time job in Denver, CO and continues to make travel a priority in his life, both internationally, and on weekend warrior type trips.

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