I was also really excited to see some "real" England. I spent three weeks in London in 2007 (through the Texas Tech Honors College London Paris Program) and got to take several trips around the region (Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Canterbury, etc.). While it was a wonderful cultural and educational experience, I hadn't spent any time experiencing daily life in England. While talking with my friends Emily and Lottie throughout our time in Narbonne, they each invited me to their homes, and one night over a "family" dinner and a couple glasses of wine, we bought me some tickets to see them! And so the adventure began. :)
(It should be said that we also planned to go together (Emily, Em's little brother, Lottie, and myself) to the Harry Potter experience at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, but that unfortunately it did not work out. This is only important to mention in light of the tour disappointment in Edinburgh and, well, just remember it for later.)
After finding Emily and I finding each other despite my lack of phone (imagine: Katy confusedly payphoning and then carrying a laptop around the street trying to get WiFi), I climbed into a left-side passenger seat for the first time in my life and we headed off to Woodcote.
*Sounds like Red-ing not Reading, for my fellow 'mericans.