The flight is booked and Iâ€™m all set to spend two weeks in London come September.
I hope this trip is a much nicer experience than the last one.
As exciting as my last trip to London was, there are some parts I do not wish to recur.
My last trip was wrought with emotional turmoil and drama, what was supposed to be a peaceful holiday of relaxation, sightseeing and catching up with old friends and family turned out to be all that, with a side of unrelenting badgering.
I hinted on it a little before I left, I just didnâ€™t know how crazy and bizarre it was going to get.
I cried the first night I got there, ironic because the last time I cried that much too was in London.
I stayed up all night the day I arrived, talked, cried and did what you wouldnâ€™t necessarily want to do on vacation.
I spent another whole day riding in the back of a van with a preacher (this isnâ€™t some sort of euphemism, there really was a van and I was in it). We drove to places like B&Q (think Home Depot) and Topps Tiles buying home improvement stuff, he was renovating his house.
In between heâ€™d tell me Godâ€™s purpose for my life, and issue thinly veiled threats about how God will withhold his blessings if I donâ€™t go to see my father. Somehow I doubt â€˜Godâ€™ cares about any of this.
When I wasnâ€™t being harassed by people on the ground, I was on the phone to some relative or another being harassed.
On the Sunday morning I agreed to go to church, we had a long pre-church talk that ended in tears. There were days I almost checked into a hotel or some such.
The incidents were so frequent and petty I feel like a little bitch recounting them.
I blame myself for how things went down â€“ which is why I say â€œthis time around, no more tearsâ€ (anyone remember that song?).
Iâ€™m not going allow myself to be put in that position.
I have a nice long itinerary that doesnâ€™t include being around people who wouldnâ€™t let me be.
I want to maybe spend a day in Paris, visit a British outlet centre and find all the hidden gems Iâ€™ve been reading about and saving for the past two years.
I want to take tons of beautiful pictures and beautiful memories to go with them!