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Feb. 10th, 2003 | 09:50 pm

Around 1130 a friend IMed me and said "tickets are cheap, want to go to london?" 8 hours later I ordered tickets. (It's for March 20th to 28th (give or take a little for the flight)).

Now I need to get a passport.

And what to do about email while gone? I don't think I want to carry my laptop with me. I suppose I could, try to go a week without net access...

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from: soulsong
date: Feb. 10th, 2003 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Come visit me. 30 minutes from london by train. Free net access at my house. Would love to see you.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 12:15 am (UTC)
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That'd be neat. I'd like to meet you in person. (and several of the other's I've met through your journal as well.)

to help with planning and understanding how the london area is setup what's the name of the train that you're near?

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from: soulsong
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 12:24 am (UTC)
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When you're in London, all travel is done by Tube. If it's not near a tube station, it's not worth going to. So, get the tube to Paddington mainline station - it's on the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines. http://www.thetube.com/content/tubemap/images/tm_quad_2h.gif
From there, most every train goes west via Reading, which is where I live. Those trains which have Reading as their first stop (operated by "First Great Western") take about 30 minutes. If you want to come, I'd be delighted to pick you up from Reading station and offer you my bestest hospitality and overnight accomodation if desired :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 01:00 am (UTC)
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Ooh, your mass transit actually connects to your airport... LA almost managed to do that but it was supposedly killed by some parking lobby.

I'll need to chat more with my friends about what our plans are to figure out when and what we're doing and figure out the best time to visit would be.

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from: soulsong
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 12:27 am (UTC)
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ps where did you get cheap tickets to london from? I need to find some from LAX->LHR for TW.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 12:47 am (UTC)
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We got them from virgin atlantic. Though I'm assuming that $423 round trip after taxes is reasonably cheap... (actually it should since I spent more for LAX to boston.)

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from: soulsong
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 01:01 am (UTC)
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Yeah, $423 is actually slightly less than I paid to do LHR<->LAX at New Year.

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Clare T. Rampling

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from: rampling
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 02:03 am (UTC)
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I'd recommend having *some* form of internet access while you're there. Not quite essential, but definitely preferred (IMHO). An internet cafe could be OK, or visiting at a friend's place. Not really for the email, but once you're used to easily looking up information about places to visit and such on the internet, you can really miss it. I had a bit of phantom-limb -- make that phantom-web-connection syndrome while I was on my trip. I had *some* access during my recent trip while I was in Amsterdam, and that was nice. But I found that I couldn't manage four days in Paris without a visit to an internet cafe, to look up an urgently-needed datum.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
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I alternate between, I should strive to minimize my dependence on technology mastering my own biological capabilities or as an early trans-human why should I willingly surrender a part of myself, my net connection.

But I don't think I want to carry around my laptop, my old laptop would've been good for travelling.

Currently I think I'm leaning toward some kind of handheld. Choices are one of the early Compaq iPAQs so I can stick linux on it or some palm device.

If palm I could use my current one and get an 802.11 card for it and use the IR port to connect with my phone (I'd need to find a prepaid mobile card with net access). I could get one of the current Palm branded ones and use the bluetooth to connect to my phone. Or there's sony's top of the line model. Palm OS 5, built-in bluetooth, 802.11 port, 2 1600x1200 camera, and an $800 price tag (it's also one of the largest palms).

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wig

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from: wig
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 08:35 am (UTC)
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Erm, don't know WHY you'd want to visit Leeds :P

but if you DO, it'd be nice to meet you!

Leeds is 2 or 2 1/2 hours by train from London, however the trains can be expensive. Coaches are cheaper, but I'm not sure what the journey time is.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Out of curiosity is a coach equivalent to a bus (aka bus, autobus, charabanc, double-decker, jitney, motorbus, motorcoach, omnibus)?

One reason to go to leeds would be to meet in person which could be fun. though I'm not sure about my trip plans yet.

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wig

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from: wig
date: Feb. 12th, 2003 12:10 am (UTC)
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Yes, coach = bus, think Greyhound.

No need for me to know right away whether or not you will come visit, I just wanted to let you know you are definitely welcome :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 12th, 2003 02:03 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the offer. I hope I get a chance to take advantage of it.

And now I'm going to procrastinate on the planning part until my trip is closer.

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Melody

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from: melodymuse
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 10:45 am (UTC)
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Take your Lap top. I used mine a lot when I was in Europe, to down load pictures and look up directions and to keep a journal.

Wow! This is exciting news!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 11th, 2003 02:45 pm (UTC)
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We're probably going to be wandering around a lot in assorted hostles and I'm both worried about theft, breakage, and just lugging it around.

But it would be nice to be able to communicate...

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her other side

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from: saltbox
date: Feb. 12th, 2003 10:19 am (UTC)
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easyeverything.com

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