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Have I mentioned that I am a very nervous flyer? Don’t let this smile fool you! I’m shaking in my boots!


The answer?


The Husband swears that Virgin Atlantic has free wine and beer on their flights, but I don’t believe him… How can that be?!  I’m not taking any chances.  It’s $8 airport wine or me gripping the seat for the next 8 hours…

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It helps, I swear!  πŸ™‚


Before we left, we got take-out Thai food.  Specifically, tofu pa-naag with 1.5 spring rolls.


And now we’re sitting at a bar in the airport, drinking and talking about our trip!  I’m also munching on some Goldfish crackers.


What’s the game plan?


  • Arrive in London at 7 AM (local time).
  • Pass through customs (the Husband is a British citizen so he goes much faster than I do!) and take a bus and then a cab to our hotel.
  • Run in our hotel gym or maybe in Hyde Park, depending on the weather.
  • Get over our jet lag and enjoy the greatest city on Earth on Christmas Day!


See you tomorrow morning… London time!



  • Babycakes December 24, 2009, 5:16 pm

    I am the definition of nervous flyer, so I totally feel you. But everything will be just fine and you are going to have the best time in England! Enjoy your flight and Merry Christmas Eve!

  • The Hot and Fit December 24, 2009, 5:37 pm

    Merry Christmas, Caitlin!

    It looks like you are going to have good weather (well, it would probably rain, though!) so I hope you could run outside!

    I LOVE LONDON! Its my favourite city!

    Have a safe trip!

  • Matt December 24, 2009, 5:38 pm

    Have a fun and safe trip πŸ™‚

  • Julie December 24, 2009, 5:39 pm

    Have fun Caitlin and Hubs!!! Have a safe flight!!

  • Rachel December 24, 2009, 5:40 pm

    I’ve never been on a plane, but I can imagine the nervousness! I love your coat πŸ™‚ Have fun and Merry Christmas!

  • Danielle December 24, 2009, 5:41 pm

    I’m not all that great of a flier and can’t imagine taking a flight as long as you’ll be on tonight. I was shaking in my boots flying to San Francisco! You will do great, though, and I’m sure that the booze will help – haha!

    Hopefully the weather will be nice enough for you to get outside and enjoy the scenery.

  • Meg C. December 24, 2009, 5:52 pm

    I can’t believe you’re going running right after you get off a plane, i could never do that!
    i just flew virgin air and there was no free booze… but the meals you can buy are really tasty.

  • Freya December 24, 2009, 5:52 pm

    I think it’s due to rain over here tomorrow..but you’ll have a great time nonetheless! I feel for you about the flight though, I was sooo bored/random nervy spazes flying from London to Washington :s you’lll be fine though! wish you all the best πŸ˜€

  • 'laina December 24, 2009, 6:08 pm

    That’s a fantastic jacket. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Have a safe and exciting trip.

  • The Jesse December 24, 2009, 6:12 pm

    Have a safe flight and a wonderful trip. Happy Holidays!

  • Carolyn December 24, 2009, 6:15 pm

    Good luck on your flight!! Just think of all the fun you’re going to have.

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) December 24, 2009, 6:36 pm

    I’m a nervous flyer right until take-off- but then it’s fine πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  • Julie @savvyeats December 24, 2009, 6:50 pm

    I hope you have a great trip!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health December 24, 2009, 7:19 pm

    Travel safe! Can’t wait to see what you guys get into in Europe!

  • Hethir December 24, 2009, 7:50 pm

    Hey Catlin, You should check out EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). I used to have a big fear of flying. Once I started doing EFT before the flight I now truly enjoy the take off and landing. You should check it out, it is simple to do.

    Have fun!

  • Rachel December 24, 2009, 7:59 pm

    So fun! Can’t wait to see London! ha! Have a great trip and Happy Holidays!!

  • Casey @ SpicyandSweet December 24, 2009, 9:04 pm

    Have a great time Caitlin!! πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  • Janessa (epicuriousvegan.blogspot.com) December 24, 2009, 9:06 pm

    Have a super wonderful time! I am looking forward to reading your posts!

    One of my favorite parts about international flying is the free wine and beer on the flight–and if you ask nicely, sometimes they’ll even bring you champagne from first class. πŸ™‚

  • Kate December 24, 2009, 9:55 pm

    You should be able to go through with him, as his wife! I’m going through with my hubs, as he is a European Citizen. Much better than going in with the foreigners on our Korean Air flight!

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) December 24, 2009, 9:58 pm

    Enjoy! πŸ™‚

    I’m a nervous flyer too, so I totally relate! I just returned from Amsterdam last night on KLM Royal Dutch and had free booze the entire way – beer, wine, and liquor! πŸ™‚ Totally helps the flight jitters! I hope Virgin is the same!

  • EatingRD December 24, 2009, 9:58 pm

    Have a great trip!!! I’m so jealous, you’re going to have a blast! Have a great holiday πŸ™‚

  • Susan December 24, 2009, 10:15 pm

    Oooh, you’re probably (hopefully) up in the air right now!! Hope those drinks really are free and wave to Santa for me if you see him! πŸ˜‰

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) December 24, 2009, 11:28 pm

    Safe travels! I hate flying too, hopefully that wine mellowed you out a bit.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  • Erin December 24, 2009, 11:34 pm

    Have a safe trip! It’s amazing how much free stuff you get on non-American airlines — free alcohol, lots of free food… The best are the wine and hot baguettes on Air France. πŸ™‚

  • jenna December 25, 2009, 12:06 am

    Have a safe trip!!

  • peony December 25, 2009, 1:56 am

    you would just this secound be ariving in my neck of the wooods πŸ™‚

  • Maaike December 25, 2009, 3:57 am

    I think it´s snowing all over Europe (it is here in Holland and I saw on the news that Britain, France and some other European countries have even worse weather!) so I don’t know if running outside is even possible. I hope so, because running in Hyde park would be so awesome!

    When I flew to France last summer we also had beer and wine on the plane! I wonder if you did too. It definitely helps πŸ˜‰

    I hope you had a really safe trip! You should be in London now.. πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie December 25, 2009, 6:58 am

    I’m a brit so I love that you’re here for Christmas. I’m in Edinburgh though. Have a fantastic time in London. Happy Christmas! Stephaniex

  • Emily Eats December 25, 2009, 7:06 am

    Happy Christmas! I hope you enjoy London ~ I’ll be keeping my eyes open for an Operation Beautiful note! {or maybe you will find one I post…!)

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) December 25, 2009, 8:19 am

    Im a nervous flyer too! I tend to take flights in the morning, so a nice drink is usually out of the question. Just me, gripping my seat πŸ™‚


    Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

  • emily December 25, 2009, 8:28 am

    It’s bright and sunny here in Cambridge! Hopefully it is in London too!

  • skinnyrunner December 25, 2009, 9:02 am

    hope you have a fabulous trip and merry christmas!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie@.ca) December 25, 2009, 1:34 pm

    Hope your flight went well – with little to no turbulence πŸ™‚

  • Jo December 25, 2009, 2:44 pm

    I am with 100% on the wine before a flight!

  • Jenny December 25, 2009, 5:00 pm

    Wine is definitely a good way to calm down, do what you gotta do to get where you want to be πŸ™‚

  • Ashley December 28, 2009, 8:50 am

    I fly Virgin Atlantic to London every other month. FREE ALCOHOL!!!! WOO HOOO! Also, I hope you don’t wait in the Non UK Passport line b/c you can go through the line with your husband since he has a British passport! Have so much fun!!!

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