London series: Part 1. Overslept…

Welcome to my London series, I am writing about my adventures about moving to London and the troubles I came pass.


30th of January, Wednesday morning 6:00am maybe 6:15am. My phone was beeping and beeping. Wait a minute, I looked at my clock “seven a clock?” that isn’t my alarm…. I overslept, I freakin’ overslept! Thank god I have calculated an hour extra in my calendar for anything that would mean trouble. And had everything packed and set to go.


My parents picked me up to bring me to the bus station (bus? Yes!) in Amsterdam and I put my suitcases in the back of their car. The reasons I chose for taking the bus to London instead of the plane or the train are quite simple:

* The bus is dirt cheap, I payed 22 euro’s for a ticket.

* I will arrive in the centre of London instead of the airports outside of London
* I can take 2 suitcases without really having a weight restriction (I guess if you can carry it, it’s just fine)
* And I wanted to try something different

In the meanwhile we arrived at the bus station on time with still time to spare. I thanked my parents we said our goodbyes and I went on the bus.


The bus trip

The bus was fairy spacious to be honest and ride was nice. One of the first things I noticed: FREE WIFI on the bus! :D, in this day in age that was awesome. Equiped with my HTC and Macbook I could do some last minute checks and e-mails which saved me from using precious battery power for tethering.

I haven’t seen the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return Of The King. The journey would take around 10-11 hours so I decided to watch the two films on the trip.

The bus had several stops at the major cities in the Netherlands, Belgium and 1 stop in France before entering the tunnel. The stops were nice to stretch your legs but the seats on the bus were really nice and stretching wasn’t really needed.

Arrived at the Euro tunnel there were some baggage and passport checks. I was quite into my films so I wasn’t really happy about that, but after the checks it was straight to the tunnel.

Random mind farts which came to me in the tunnel:

* The bus fits in the train for the Euro tunnel, I mean it!

* If the train would windows and the tunnel was made of glass you would have one interesting aquarium
* You almost don’t notice when the train is moving, you only see the bus “bouncing” a little bit.

The train ride lasts about 45 minutes, but I am not sure what the exact time is because I don’t know when the train started moving. From Folkestone the ride was at night over the highway so nothing much to see outside. We would be arriving in London Victoria Coach station in a hour.

9:28pm, arrived safely in London with my suitcases and ready for some Fish and chips.