I left the sunny beautiful weather of Lisbon to arrive in London and.... rain. Regardless, it was to be expected. The adventure with my rental car was, however, unexpected.
I got to the desk and was told to get on the shuttle. On the shuttle, there was a screen with my name on it and it said to go to zone 1. I asked the driver and he pointed me to zone 1. I got there and there was no one around. I found someone and he told me to pick a car and drive to the exit... which I did. At the exit, they asked my name and id and then let me go. No driver's license check, no discussion of insurance, no credit card. I had to get going to make my hotel, so I left to get to Salisbury. The car was not great and much of infotainment (radio) didn't work well. That coupled with discovering the car could not lock when I left it was distressing. This was a car to travel a fair bit over a week with my elderly aunt, so I would need to get this resolved. It took three different attempts to finally get resolution. I called and went to voicemail hell... no luck. I went to the local office and got the locks fixed... he couldn't/wouldn't do anything about the paperwork (said I was getting a free rental but couldn't change the car). On a whim I sent an email to the general delivery mailbox. This time I got resolution. They sent me to the local office in Peterborough (where I was going) to get it resolved. It took about 45 minutes, but I have a much better functioning car (Yay!).
Before changing cars, I visited Salisbury in the evening, Stonehenge in the morning, and Bournemouth in the evening. Spent the day with my cousin Christopher going to a business to business touch rugby game and then Thai food.
The next day I made it to Peterborough and went to my cousin Callum's birthday party. It was lovely. It was great to see all my British cousins again.
A few photos from the last couple of days