London Arrival

Day One

My journey started in Cleveland last night and ended today with the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

This trip was unusual from the start. My girlfriend, Sonia, was staying for a month with her family who live here. I am here for a week to fulfill a God given dream to see London and to attend our London Church’s 40th Anniversary celebration. Never would I have thought that September 8, 2022 would be so significant.

My air flights on United through Dulles were uneventful even with the short delay of the first flight. I love international travel because I love to eat. These flights always have delicious and hot meals. This reminds me of the meals domestic flights used to serve when I was younger. The seven-hour night flight was spent eating and sleeping. Anytime I travel international I sleep when the destination I am going to is sleeping and awake when they are awake to stave off jetlag. Also only carry-ons are my luggage so no concerns of lost luggage can exist.

My room at Ambassador Bloomsbury was not ready when I arrived until 3 p.m. I left my carry-on roller bag with them and had lunch at their restaurant Number Twelve Bar and Restaurant. Of course I pounced on the seabass and chips. This came with toasted nuggets of bread to be dipped in an oil mixture. The bread was soft yet crunchy. The small nuggets were just enough for a bread lover like me. The chips were short planks of tasty fried potatoes. The seabass was a crunchy exterior and tender interior goodness.

We arrived in an on/off rain conditions. After checking in I went for a short walk to scout out the Euston Square Underground Station where I will be taking the Tube. On the way, an out of no where down pour occurred and shortened my walk. However, I got the information I needed. Now it makes me wonder if the Queen died at that moment in the afternoon as if all of the United Kingdom sobbed at once.


Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

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5 thoughts on “London Arrival

  1. san77gar September 8, 2022 / 5:31 pm

    Hi Juel,

    What a time such as this to be in London. I love your analogy with the pouring rain and perhaps it could’ve been when the queen died and all of the United Kingdom sobbed at once.
    Be safe and safe travels home. You and Ellen Rosenquist have had the busiest travel schedule of anyone I know. Hope to see you at BSF.

    ❤️ Sandy

    Sent from my iPhone

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