Right now I’m sitting at the airport preparing for yet another trip to the old world. This time I’m visiting the UK for a really fun gig: I’m going to be playing “Host” to this theatre company from Tunisia that is participating this year in the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). I’m meeting with the festival organizers on Saturday to sort out all the details. They’ve asked me to meet them by some “van” near the National Theatre. Sounds suspicious.
I return to Ottawa on August 16, and until then I’ll be spending time in London, acquainting myself with the theatre scene. And I may take a trip to France for the Avignon Festival and then check out the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
I’m going to rely on the power of the internet for suggestions, so here are a few questions I’ve been asking myself and haven’t yet had the chance to find the answers. If you are able to respond helpfully to any of the following items, please post your advice in the comments section below. Thank you!
- I need a phone while I’m in London. Is there someway of “renting” a phone for just these six weeks and “borrowing” a UK phone number? Pay-as-you-go with text messaging would be perfect for me. I do have my Motorola phone from Ottawa, and I have canceled my regular plan with Rogers: is it possible to apply what I need to that phone? Could I also use this same plan in France and Scotland?
- I’m supposed to take this Tunisian theatre company to some cool places in central London. Any ideas of places to go / things to see that aren’t too costly and would be interesting to French-speaking visitors?
- I’ve bought an Oyster pass (weekly) for the underground. Is that the cheapest and most efficient way of getting around?
- Am I allowed to take a bicycle on the underground, or is it merely frowned upon?
- Is it crazy of me to think I can get away with biking in Central London?
- I guess I need to find myself a bicycle first…
- What are the regulations for busking in London? I’m thinking of trying my luck as an amateur flautist.
- I don’t know anything about Avignon. Enlighten me.
- I don’t know much about Edinburgh either. Except that they have this awesome Fringe festival.
- Is it easier / cheaper / more convenient to travel by bus, by train, or by plane within Europe?
- Should I refrain from speaking with a faux English accent? Sometimes I can’t help myself!
* I’m not actually a female pilot. I just think that it’s a really sexy term, and I’ll favour alliteration over correct definitions any day.