My trip from Madrid to London by Easy Jet from Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 1 was on the 26th of September 2014. This was written on my Notes in Iphone but did not have the time to upload it yet until today. ^^ It’s pretty pretty long…
Alhamdulillah…the day to go to London is here!
This marks my first time to the UK but honestly I was not as excited as my first solo trip to Japan back in 2007.
Why? Because I’m married and going alone sucks!
Anyway, I can’t do much about it.
A blessing in disguise. ^^
Surprisingly, I met Heliza Helmi, the AF artist with a Malaysian tour group at Barajas Airport Terminal 1! They just finished a tour of Toledo-Seville-Granada-Madrid using Turkish Airlines and they will stay for a day in Istanbul before flying back to homeland.
I chatted a bit with Heliza but the security guard at the airport did not permit any picture taken around the security area. I hate the guard!! Hehehe…
I did not realize that it was her until my husband told me. How come my husband knew Heliza only God knows.
Actually I couldn’t care less if an artist is beside me but what I could care more was the fact that I met a Malaysian in Madrid!! I met many Filipinos in Madrid and they thought that I was one of them. Yes, we are from the same root and we are Asian.
The check-in my of luggage at 10.00am was a breeze as no one was around. I was super early. My flight was due at 11.35am.My husband urged me to get a second helping of breakfast as he was afraid that I would get hungry when I reached Gatwick Airport.
So we had our second breakfast at Mahoudrid, a brand new cafe’ at Terminal 1 of Barajas Airport and kinda pricey. Breakfast at Mauhodrid set us off at 6.50 euro for a standard cafe latte, a glass of fresh orange juice and two slices of tiny oh tiny bread.
After the crocodile tears..hehehe, hugs and kisses, it was time to part with my husband. Time for both of us to strengthen our tie again, on our own with Allah.
Another Malaysian called Azah spoke to me right before I had to rush to Gate B20 but what a shame, the flight was delayed. It got delayed until 12.00 noon and that made my arrival at Gatwick Airport to be at 1.20 pm (London time).
Top:Left: Entrance/Exit to shuttle bus area
Right: Take the lift from South
Bottom:Left: The bus stop for EasyBus customers (using National Express)
Right: EasyBus to other Aiport ie. Luton, Stansted. (Check out your luggage allowance before you take this bus)
When I saw the EasyBus, I was totally freaked out. My luggage was huge! But this tiny bus only fits cabin bag. Do check the luggage allowance for every bus that you want to take in the UK.
But then, the guy told me that Easybus has joined with National Express for the route to Victoria Coach Station at platform 3 and it is a big bus with a maximum 25kg each person. Safe!
I boarded my bus by National Express to Victoria Coach station at 4.00 pm. The best part was that EasyBus customers get to enter first. We were prioritized.
The other best part was the bus driver of National Express did not mind and did not even glance at what was your departure time printed on the ticket.
I should have listened to my host from Airbnb! She gave me so many reliable and near to accurate information. Masha Allah.
The journey was about 1 hour 30 minutes and I arrived at Victoria Coach Station at about 5.00 pm. Hmmm…the Victoria Coach Station (bus station) is not connected to the Victoria Station for train and underground (tube).
I urged those who want to travel using tube to bring a small cabin bag. The not so good was…I arrived at London’s peak hour. Yikes!!
All those hustle and bustle of people…but I really don’t care. I took my own sweet time. I paid for my ticket anyway hence I am entitled to some space right?
Zone 1-4 for 45 pound (7 days) + another 5 pound for the oyster card deposit.