After a one-hour mechanical delay from Edmonton, I arrived with my wife, Lupe, at London Heathrow at about 10:30 GMT February 16, 2012. The trip is being tied with a visit to the University of Leicester where I will participate in a research day (that I would normally attend online) and spend a couple of other days with my supervisors and colleagues. There is an educational component for me, but this is also a vacation. The first two days have been spent in London!

For accommodations, I was referred to the Union Jack Club, a private facility for members of the Armed Forces. Members of other specified organisations are also welcome; hence my opportunity as a member of the International Police Association. We are here for two nights, and then we return for another two nights at the end of our trip before returning to Canada.

Our first day’s primary activity was an aerial view of the city on the London Eye. The second day took us to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard, followed by a visit to the Tower of London and taking photos of Tower Bridge. Linking to this, I just realised that Tower Bridge Exhibition is something to visit, another time. We ended the day meeting socially with PhD student #phdchat colleagues, Michael Cowen (@kiwicito) and Caroline Cage (@c_j_cage). Mike flew in from the United Arab Emirates on his way to his university in Scotland.

In need of sleep now, photos and more comments will follow.

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