Obviously, my son and I had a great time on our 3 day trip to London this past week. I think it's fun to compare what you expected on your trip and what actually happened.
So, here are some things that I observed that surprised me a bit:
1. London women don't seem to superglue their purses to their bodies like we (tourists) do. Do they get their wallets stolen more often than tourists do or do they know something we don't?
2. Almost everyone wears athletic shoes (trainers). And a lot of them wear white ones. So don't worry about what your shoes look like. Just make sure they're comfortable.
3. You don't have to use your travelcard and/or Oyster card to get on and off the DLR (at least at the stations we went to). Only once did someone come around on the train to check our tickets. Do people cheat a lot on the DLR and bet they're not going to need a ticket?
4. Just accept that you're going to spend more money than you plan to. We tend to forget to factor in those money sucking things such as ice cream cones, sodas, beers at cute little pubs, etc. So give yourself a currency cushion when it comes to your vacation budget.
5. The word "Quay" is pronouced "key" and not "kway" like I was saying it in my head. So, West India Quay station is actually pronounced West India "Key" station.
6. If you travel alone with your 11 yr. old son, there will be no evidence that you actually went on the trip except for the credit card receipts and the video from the security camera at the ATM. Because your kid is in all the pictures. Out of all of the pictures we have from this trip, I'm only in one! One stinking picture.