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Trip Start Apr 13, 2013
Trip End Jul 05, 2015

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Ah. Today I continued on the Fletcher streak.     
Well it ended that way. But before that, I decided it was time to see London as a tourist.     
When you work in a place, you forget it has so much to offer.     
But today, I remembered. I went to see the changing of the Guard at Buckingham palace. It was interesting, but if you want a good view you should try getting there a few hours before, not a few minutes.     
They all look like giant bears. Or those little toys you get...which is kinda given since the toys are modelled off these people.     
Then I went to Westminster Abbey. And I sat where the Queen sat at the Royal Wedding two years ago. It was good to walk around actually, but the service broadcast on television makes the Abbey look so much bigger than it actually is. 

Kate must have taken baby steps on her way to the alter. I would have done a cartwheel and been like 'sup, I made it'.
Then to BIG Ben (as apposed to little Ben), and the House if Parliament before I decided to reside in Leicester Square.     
But not before I went to buy two tickets to Les Miserables at the Queens theatre for tonight!     
My dear friend Melodie and I were always planning to see this, as our dear Carrie is in it. And I was interested because I have never heard her sing live.     
Bit Leicester Square was my place for now.      
So continuing on my strange but good streak from last night, I sat. And I read.     
Giovanna has done the most freaken awesome job with this book! Never in my life have I had 3
and a half hours pass because I had my head in a book. Never!     
So I sat there until Melodie met me.     
Ugh. She heard the price wrong over the phone, so she was 20 pound short.      
Annoying now, but given she has said she is going to take me to the theatre when I get back to Australia, I think its a profit in the long run.      
We went and saw Les Miserables then.     
It was just amazing.      
And I know this is terrible, but Carrie pulls off dying from blood loss really really convincingly.     
In fact the only person who can do that better that I have seen is Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamonds. And he is a top class bloke.     
Good ole Leo.     
Oh and I saw the song I sang in eisteddfods performed (castle on a cloud - mum if you could track down the photo of that, I will add it in. 2004 album I think). I have to say, I did a bloody good job at the age of 10.     
So we watched, and then for the second night running I made my way to the back stage door. Not for me, I have met Carrie. More for Melodie.     
She wanted to see McFly, and meet Alex and Carrie and I got all of that in one night. The least I can do is give her something.     
So I dragged Carrie to the I didn't. I asked her. I didn't drag her. And asked her to sign our tickets and get a photo with her.     
She remembered me! I never thought that possible.     
But she did. She asked how I was, and we talked for a bit longer than 7 seconds.     
2 nights running...good going me.     
So I headed to the train and had to top up my card.     
When I turned around, Melodie had the biggest grin on and just pointed and told me to run. It was a strange farewell, given she is going home before I will see her again but I went along with what she said.     
Talk about making up for her 20 pounds.     
As I was walking towards my line, I see the blond curls bobbing infront of me, and I know what Melodie has done.      
I yell.     
To which she turns around, smiles, wait for me to catch up and gives me a hug. I feel like I have known her my whole life.     
And the thing I love about her is she is so her own person. When you talk to her, you think you are just talking to a friend. It didn't cross my mind that she was Tom Fletcher's sister. Not that it mattered.     
Nor did it occur to me that I had her brother's face plastered on the front of my shirt. Well.     
But we got talking about music and travel, and she asked where I had been. And you know what?     

I think she got envious. I never though I would do that to poor Carrie. But we exchanged emails, and she told me she would add me on facebook. Her proper account not her 'like' page. And she wanted to read my blog.     
But it really was as if I just caught a friend on the tube and was just talking to her. It was (no insult intended) as if she was nothing special. But she is, so I am very confused.     
But it was lovely.      
When I got off, I got given a big hug and told "i'll talk to you soon".      
Don't tell me. Did I just befriend Carrie? Like I said I wanted to just last night??     
Go me!     
Then it was back to my hostel.      
And I read.     
Now, mum...prepare for this.     
I finished my book at 12:30.     
Do you know what this means?      
Giovanna Fletcher has written the ONLY book that has pulled me in enough that I have finished it in the space of 24 hours. Oddly, between seeing her hubby and her sister-in-law.      
But 24 hours!      
I never read! But this book was remarkable. I wish it kept going.     
And in the one in a million chance that Giovanna reads (or Carrie?) This. Pleeease finish book 2!

You have no idea how well you can write.     
As I was finishing the book, I heard the girl across from me crying. She was so stuck in moving, and didn't know what to do.     
Get this...she came to England 2 days before her visa starts, so now she has to go out and come back in again. Poor girl.     
But I helped her as much as I could.      
And you know what? Maybe I am like Carrie.      
She inspires people, and helps people to enjoy life through her YouTube blog. (Itswaypastmybedtime).      
I do it through helping one person at a time and spilling the heart and challenges of being a traveller to my blog.     
She does it by the 1000s and I do it by the 1s, but take out the numbers, maybe we have the same goal in mind.     
Well, after that day. I have a new friend, I can finally catch up with all my drama friends at home and say I have seen Les Miserables, and I now have no book to read.     
Lisa xo 
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Trish on

Amazing, La. You have a large appetite for life! I am so pleased you have found books that engage you...they add to your own life so much. And I love the image of you cartwheeling down the aisle...Kate missed a golden opportunity there.

John on

Go Lisa!! And so glad you could offer some comfort to that poor girl - how do you end up coming 2 days early?

lisaajane on

She came two days early. Not me. She didn't read what date her visa started and you can't be in the country for the day that it starts unless you are only just coming in.

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