Bertolak dari Newcastle by coach the night before. Reached London at about 6 a.m. From Victoria coach station, naik tube (takut jugak time tuh, first time naik lepas July 7) pegi Marble Arch station. Penat gile angkat beg yang berat tuh naik tangga, and the very the lega bile sampai jek kat tangga atas skali, nampak la Malaysians ramai2. And that was the moment I met Suraya who then happened to be my tentmate and a good friend all along the journey.
Ramai jugak yang join. 2 coaches full. Ingatkan satu je. 100++ orang, and mostly Malaysians la. The only exception were the bus drivers, Bob and Richard (heh, can still recall their names) and anak ngan cucu Bob, Maxi and Chelsea. Ade nampak ramai jugak senior KMYS, tapi sorila, ramainye tak ingat name, cam muka jek. Tak baik sangat ngan senior dulu =P.
Bus bertolak pegi Dover then naik ferry pegi France, pastuh sambung terus gi Holland. Berenti kejap kat Belgium singgah kat choc factory. Banyak gile coklat...if only that was the last day of the trip and I still have some Euro money left, I would have spent all of them on chocs. Dark chocolate =)
View along the journey
On the way, I took 2 ibuprofen- this is where the story begins. Heh, asalnye, dah nak spare paracetamol but apparently mase gi netto, abes la plak paracetamol. Tinggal ibuprofen je. Jadi dengan selambe nye beli aje la. Pastuh kebetulan I needed it mase dalam bas, so makan la 2 biji. Alhamdulillah, berkesan. But I got this hypersensitivity problem. Didn't know I AM actually allergic to ibuprofen. So later on, I started to fel numb around my right cheeks. You know, the one you've got when u go to dentist and have an injection in ur gum. Sort like that. My face felt swollen. And shortly after that, I got this swelling on my right eye together with shortness of breath (thought asthma would feel worse than this though). It felt like my nose was blocked. But I just assumed it was my rhinitis or what u call resdung or whatsoever illness I have always had with my nasal sinuses. Unfortunately it wasn't. People started to notice that another eye was swelling too. Not eye really. I mean the part surrounding the eye (should I name it? It is somewhere in palpebral part of orbicularis oris) - heh, trust me, I just learned that name.
So anyway. People started to gather around me. And luckily there was this akak yang buat PhD in pharmacy, at least she was able to calm me down. God it was so horrible. I had to use so lot of extra energy to open my eyes. And reaching the camp site in the dark with my swollen face everywhere (and I put on Farah's sunglass to cover my eyes coz trust me, u don't even dare looking at it, it was so terrible) was not a nice thing at all. And putting up tents and seeing things in dark with sunglass on. Arrghh...itula nikmat mata yang tuhan kasi. Bukan je dapat melihat, but indeed we manage to see the world without even realise how much energy we actually need to open the eyes. Alhamdulillah.
So there I was sleeping in the tent with Suraya and Syanu (my tentmates) and kept waking up and reflected myself in the mirror with the help of some light from my mobile. But it did not get any better....
[to be continued - 2nd day]