1) Showing up at London Fashion Week in a fleece.
Yeah, I just didn't think that one through.
2) Having to use a crappy Android loaner phone with very expensive (as in use in emergencies only) access. And, it had a crap camera.
I think a smart phone can facilitate better adventures than the adventures I had because I was without a smart phone.
Plus, I got like 25 messages when I landed that really should have come through anywhere. My phone sounded like a Vegas slot machine.
3) I speak the language
Actually, I don't. I think I would have preferred a totally foreign language where I have no idea what was going on rather than being lured into the comfort of a shared language and then totally thrown off by the influence of context and culture. This isn't just cute things like "tube" versus "subway" and "lift" versus "elevator." It's deeper. I can't quite describe the difference. But I felt it.
4) Underwhelming Food
Maybe better to access to "Yelp" would have helped (see #2). And, not having lunch in a government cafeteria. There have to be good places to eat but I could not find them. I never left a meal with that "Ah, good. Yum" feeling. Eating was a way to address hunger but it brought no satisfaction otherwise.
And porridge? Even I can make oatmeal without messing it up.
I brought sneakers, black high heels, brown high heels and my climbing shoes. Something in between sneakers and high heels would have been a good idea. I considered buying comfort shoes but given that I could make due with what I had, I didn't. And generally: comfortable = ugly.