Published: March 28th 2011March 27th 2011
London: Thursday 24 – Friday 25
So I leave Salzburg at like 16.11 after like running to the train station. I had to book my hostel and Wicked tickets because I had just got my debit card the day before. It was crazy to book stuff right before leaving. So we go take the train and we arrive at the airport and the check in line for me was huge! But I got through fairly fast and realized that I had an hour till I could go to my plane. So I went to sleep and got on my plane and slept more. However the plane landed late and then the line to get through customs was so long it took over 2 hours! So by the time I got on the National Express to get from Stansted into the city (which was an hour and 15 mins) it was so late. When I finally got downtown it was already 2.30 (technically 1.30 for them because of the time difference) and the tube stops at midnight. So then I had to figure out which bus to catch and then find my way from the bus stop to the hostel. It was
3 (2) by the time I got there. I was so tired. I had been up since 7 am that morning. And then stupid me still forgetting that London is an hour behind set my alarm for 8.30. So I was out the door pretty early but it was still warm and nice out which was great. And I had no even been outside 5 minutes when I was greeted by some random guys as ‘hello beautiful’. I walked across the Westminster bridge and was able to see the London Eye and the clock and the houses of Par and it was only like 10 minutes from my hostel and it was just so amazing. I just looked at it the whole walk across the bridge. I loved it. Then I walked to Buckingham palace, and it was such a nice walk but then I got to the changing of the guard an hour early. But it was ok because the weather was amazing, and I had had a nice walk over looking at Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben. The changing of the guard was so cool and then I walked through this really amazing park on the
way back to Par, and there were so many cool birds. There were these ducks with super red eyes and red around their eyes so they looked like they had huge red eyes and these other ducks with feathers over their toes and they were black and white. And giant pelicans! But then my camera stopped working . Then I went back and looked at Par and walked the whole distance and had a really good lunch nearby at a little café. It was pesto on ricotta and spinach tortellini but the pesto was like 2/3 cheese. It was so good. That afternoon I walked up Downing street and Whitehall street. I saw that museum of the Calvary. I did not go in but I did stop and pet the horses. Then I went up to Trafalgar square and saw the Nelson column and the lions. Then I went into the National Gallery which was really really awesome. There was so much to see and so many things I recognized. Then I went out and sat in the square for awhile because it was so nice. Then I was tired so decided to go back to the hostel and talk
to Andrea. On the way back I walked over a foot bridge and saw the London Eye, which is just a really big ugly Ferris wheel. I don’t get it. But there was this really great street band playing jazz that I watched for a while. Then I got ice cream and went back to the hostel. After that I fell asleep until my mom and Andrea messaged me and then I talked to them until I fell asleep again.
The next day was Saturday, and I was going to wake up at 8.15 but everyone in the world had their alarms set for 8 am and then snooze. So I was up and ready to go by 8.15. I went down and had breakfast and then was at the coffee shop by 915. Then I walked over the bridge and went to St Margaret’s church which is right next to Westminster Abbey. This church is where all royal weddings have taken place for the past 400 years. It was not that big, or very pretty but tradition is tradition. I was going to go into Westminster abbey. But there was a huge line, no pictures and it
cost 16 pounds to get in! And that didn’t even include all the cool tombs! But I looked at the outside and then left. I walk along the river towards Trafalgar square. Oh also I forgot but there were protests that day! I got there pretty early so there weren’t any people yet but the roads were closed and they were lined with police men. It was a teachers strike and I think a couple others because the government is making a lot of cuts to social programs but nobody provoked tear gas so obviously it was not a real protest. Not like in Athens. Anyway I walked past the National Gallery and up towards the British Museum. On the way I stopped into several book stores. But none had any of the books I would’ve wanted and there were no English cookbooks except for for college students and that is not what I want. Then I got lost a little but eventually found it and went in. It had some pretty cool stuff but the National Gallery was much better. After the museum I walked to British Library which was AWESOME!! I saw the Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Gospels,
the original Shakespeare’s play and so much more. It was so cool. And then really funny- I went to the café because I thought it was the way upstairs and every single person there had their laptops out. The greatest English speak library in the whole world and they all have their computers. From here I went to King’s Cross station and took the tube to the Tower of London, but it was closed which made me mad. Then I walked across the London Bridge, and went down and walked along the water. On the way, I found this really cool market that I walked through and somehow found the really nice wine section and everyone was all dressed up and a really cute Brit guy who was all dressed up smiled and said good evening in his cool accent. I love their accent. Although I kept getting accent where my ‘accent’ is from hahahahahha. Anyway I eventually found the Globe and went exploring. It was really cool to be where the original Shakespeare plays were performed. Then I walked back to my hostel getting coffee on the way. I talked to Andrea for only 15 minutes and then changed
and left. I took the bus to the theater and saw Wicked. It was so fantastic!!! I had never seen it before and was just so great. Then I had to walk over and find out where the National Express to the airport picks up and then took the bus back to the hostel and then I talked to Andrea until I fell asleep around 12.30. Then I got up at 3.30 am. I went to the bus caught it on time, went to the station and was feeling pretty on track, until I looked at the clock and thought this must be because I’m not wearing contacts but that looks like 5.30 not 4.30. It was in fact 5.30. Because I forgot about the time change. Yah. I got to the airport at 7. Luckily it was not busy and I got through and to my gate by 7.20 (when the gate closed). And then I got back to Munich to find out that Lauren and Alex’s flight had gotten cancelled. So I ended up going back alone and having the room to myself all the rest of the day and it was great! A bunch of people came
over and we smoked the Hookah with the Apple Sheesha from Turkey. It was so much fun!
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