Monday, December 15, 2008

We made it!

Hi everyone! We are firmly planted on English soil after a very long day of traveling. Tim and I were apprehensive about how Sierra would do on her first flight. We were delayed an hour in Seattle due to our plane waiting for the rest of their crew members to arrive from a different flight. When the plane took off Sierra giggled and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We found out that the take offs and landings were her favorite part of the plane ride. When we arrived in Washington D.C. for our connecting flight, we had another delay for an hour and a half while they tested a cockpit window that was having problems. We had our dinner at midnight (9:00 Pacific time) on the flight. All of us slept for a few hours on the 6 and 1/2 hour flight. They served us a light breakfast at 10:00 AM Monday morning (England time). When we reached Heathrow at 11:30, we had smooth sailing through customs and retrieving our luggage. We stopped for sandwiches and wonderful lattes (no, it wasn't Starbucks!) at the bus depot at the airport. Next, we boarded a bus that took us to Birmingham. Sierra slept all of the 2 and 1/2 hours on Tim's lap. Tim and I slept a little while trying to stay awake to see some of the countryside. There were a lot of sheep along the way. Once we arrived in Birmingham, we changed to our final mode of transportation - a taxi cab to take us to Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. We have been here for three hours and walked around the building a little. We ate dinner and are now going to bed at 8:00 PM (England time). We hope to explore the grounds tomorrow after a good night's rest. The adventure begins......


Aimee said...

Yay! I love Woodbrooke! I'm amazed that Sierra liked take-offs and landings - those are the parts I dislike the most!

Are you staying at Woodbrooke the whole time, or just a short time?

I wish I was there - I love the Lake District!

Burdick family said...

Hi Aimee, great to hear from you. We will be at Woodbrooke until December 24 and then we'll travel three hours north to stay with Tim's advisor in Preston. We will stay with him for five days while Woodbrooke is closed for Christmas break. After that we will come back to Woodbrooke for about a week and finally finish our trip off with a few days in London (lodging not determined yet). Take care and blessings.