Went to the outlet mall north of Mississauga, and bought pants for the Boat. Grey chinos, and mustard brown jeans. That leaves only a new dark suit to buy for the formal nights.
The clothes situation is going to be tight. Air Transat's weight allowance is shit at 23 kilos, but everyone else's is shit, too. So the outfits all require a fair bit of planning. Luckily (or 'luckily'), AT has a buy-in program for extra weight, where for sixty bucks, you get an extra ten kilos. Compare that to the actual check-in policy that if you are overweight AT ALL, you pay $75, regardless of how heavy you are. So, for the extra sixty bucks between us, we would each get 28 kilos, which is a huge difference from the 23.
Key to the plan is being able to do laundry while on board, which we can. The laundrette is three doors down from our cabin, which eliminates the need to even hang around and watch your underwear go round and round and round. Doing a load in the middle of the vacation means that the clothes from the front half can be worn again on the back half, saving on the weight of stuff I need to bring along in the first place.
Of course, once we're in London, it's no big deal. The bus has no weight limit, the Boat has no weight limit, and the train from NYC has no weight limit. And -- the prices at Uniqlo London are pretty comparable to Uniqlo NYC, so I can always buy new clothes on the one side instead of the other side (although, really -- what's to buy?).
Sis came up with the plan to shift my vacation days, to move one NYC day to a London day. And I was hesitant, because, well, I'm not crazy about London, and I love love love NYC. But -- it's an opportunity I won't have again for a long, long time. Plus, it helps with the jet lag, and having to get up at seven in the morning for the bus to Southampton by way of Stonehenge.
Sis is already going nuts with things for us to do, and I'm thinking it'll all be pretty simple. The National Gallery or Greenwich, an antique market, Uniqlo, and Sainsbury's (for stuff on the Boat). She's pushing for places where I've already been, and no thanks. If there's a Vermeer I've yet to see, I need to see it. And I read an entire book about Harrison and his clocks, and so I need to see those, too.
Still -- lots of time.