Thursday, March 8, 2012

OITP @ London (Day 0-1)

DAY 0-1 (3-4 March 2012)

It was a day filled with immense excitement and anticipation as Shi Hui and I trudged forward to the Departure Hall at Terminal 3 to begin a whole new journey in an entirely different environment – London – 14,527 kilometres away from Singapore.

Waiting patiently at Row 5...
Merlion @ T3
At the Departure Hall...
Last photo with Mr Lai
Duty Free @ T3

Before touching down in London, we took an arduously long and exhaustive flight – it was eight hours long – from Singapore to Doha on Qatar Airways (QR0641) for transition. The Doha International Airport was quiet as it was close to midnight and the crowd was minimal.

On Qatar Airways...

Reaching Doha after eight long hours!
Chicken Sandwich
Curry Chicken and Rice (with amazingly sour pickles)
Spectacular night-sky beautifully aglow
Qatar Airways' logo
DOHA BANK Exchange
A very empty Doha International Airport

Kids' heaven
And Shi Hui got bored of waiting...
After a two hours transit at Doha International Airport, we got on the Qatar Airways (QR0007) for another eight long hours before reaching the Capital of England, London! At Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 we met up with Mr Richard Pettinger, from University College London.

And on our way to London!

Took the Black Cab from Heathrow Airport Terminal 4

Mr Richard brought us to our hotel, The County Hotel, near Euston Road and we were given twenty minutes to rest and unpack before the day begins!

The County Hotel
My bedroom... and still unpacking
Turnstile @ The County Hotel

After the short break given, we were taken on a quick school tour at UCL by the ever welcoming and hospitable Mr Richard. We have walked through many beautifully crafted, rustic and traditionally-English buildings at UCL, such as the Engineering Front Building, UCL Medical School, The Wilkins Building, etc.

The iconic monument of UCL (refer to the logo)
UCL Medical School
After the brief introduction to the university where we will be roaming in and out for the next thirty days, we were given the time off to settle in our hotel.

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