Okay, as many trips as I take over here, you'd think I'd learn..... Nope, not ME!
I called yesterday (before flying out) and found out my Blackberry won't work in the UK. Apparently because of the Nextel direct connect I insisted upon, the international feature on my state of the art device is not available.....so I lugged my HUGE laptop across the pond just so I could stay in touch. :o)
Once in my room and rested from the long flight plus the two hour train ride...I showered and readied myself for dinner. I plugged in my handy dandy power converter to use with my hair dryer with diffuser (brought from home because it's the only one that knows how to do my doo). The popping sound and sparks coming from the blow dryer was very scary....then I realized that the TV had gone off as well as all the light fixtures on the one side of the room....OMG what did I do?
Just as I was coming to grips with my Ashton Kutcher type actions, I heard ramblings from the room next to us....it was at that moment that I realized my power surge had gone beyond my small confines. I was mortified at the thought that I might be paying for a new television and what ever equipment that could be ruined of my neighbors from my insistence of using my fine American electrical appliances. After a brief period of shock (inner self) I called the main desk, informed them of my wrong doing.
The nice man knocked on the door to tell us he had reset the breaker in the hall receptical....the TV resumed it's ever so wonderful glow and with a sigh of relief, I welcomed using the hotel dryer to finish the task I had started.
So, this is day one folks. The show starts tomorrow, I plan on posting another update of my UK experience in the evening.