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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City April 4th 2014

i was prepared for my trip and had brought my luggage to my workplace so that I wouldn't have to drive back to my apartment. Company security was nice enough to allow me to park my car in the parking lot where it would be safe. I was working that day to save myself a vacation day. Time went quickly until around 3PM when I got a text message from British Airways advising me my plane would be at least an hour late due to the fact the plane was late in arriving from London. That was bad news for me because I was on a tight schedule when I land. I had calculated I had enough time to get out of the airport and drop my luggage at the hostel before making a train north ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City March 27th 2014

What a relief it was to finally be back where we felt more comfortable, ie in a country that spoke English as its primary language, and also a country where the customs are mostly quite similar to home. While we didn't really have any issues with language barriers across all the other countries we visited, it was still nice not to have to worry about it at all, and also know exactly what people are saying! You get used to being an outsider and I think we started being a bit less discreet in places because we knew people may not understand us. Our trip to London was the longest we stayed in any one city (besides our skiing) but it was the most packed of all our cities, simply because we had too much to ... read more
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Easter Island Statue at the British Museum
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City February 13th 2014

Not much happened during the rest of the month. I attended class, went out with my friends, and kissed a French boy, which unfortunately led nowhere. Have you ever had one of those nights that feels amazing and right at the time but is impossible to duplicate? It's a little like being Cinderella, only Prince Charming doesn't really take the hint. The last weekend in March I took the train back to London to see the Script in concert. On the way down I made friends with a pair of children named Zi Zi and Ahmed, proving that the best conversations definitely don't have to involve adults. I met up with Natalia and a friend of hers, and we began our visit with the Tate Modern. I'll come right out and say it: I despise modern ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City January 30th 2014

Fresh from leprechaun country, Michael and I flew to London for one day before he had to return home to the real world. We started with a Sandeman's New Europe tour (http://www.neweuropetours.eu/), and I honestly can't recommend these enough. They're not in every major city, but they do have tours in a lot of the big tourist spots like Paris and London. I went on four of these tours during my whole time in Europe, and they were always a blast. The tours usually leave from hostels and they are completely free, which means if you'd like to be a giant douchebag and leave without tipping the guide you are well within your rights to do so, but they receive no other compensation from the tour company and they're amazing at what they do. Moral of ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City January 6th 2014

Three Days in London I've been in London for the past three days which has given me just enough time to complete all of the essential tourist activities. I've been through Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tate Modern Art Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, a riverboat cruise on the River Thames, and Windsor Castle. Of these, I found Westminster Abbey to be the most impressive; it featured stunning Gothic architecture (compared to St Paul's more Romanesque construction), parts of the Abbey were nearly 1,000 years old, and the amount of notable people buried there is astounding. Among the tombs, I was most interested to see those of Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, and C.S. Lewis. The Tower of London, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City January 5th 2014

Finally the last week has arrived! I have been planning this holiday for about 6 months. My inspiration - Paulo Coelho's Aleph! It was strange how closely I could relate to the book at that point in time of my life. So when I decided to take a 3 months career break the first thing that came to my mind was the Trans Siberian tour! Initial research involved a lot of searching on internet, reading blogs and articles about the Trans Siberian experiences. Needless to say there was a lot of information available that helped me plan the trip, I decided to go with Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia route option as it fascinated me the most. I realised very early in my research how complex planning this tour could get and hence I decided to ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City December 28th 2013

My kind parents-in-law had purchased the tickets to the Shard for the last year’s Christmas present. Mark booked the date for us to visit there at 11 o’clock on 20 September quoting the reference number. The Shard was built last year and was opened to the public earlier this year. The height of the Shard is 244m, and located aright of London Bridge station. We arrived slightly earlier than the scheduled time. We looked at the fares of the entrance tickets, i.e. £29.95 for the person who books the time on the day or 24 hours advance, £24.95 for the online booking, and £100 for the immediate entrance!?!, and free entry for infants up to 3 years old. At 10:45, one of the ushers came and let us enter the building. We were asked to go ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City November 16th 2013

We went to London. The first thing that we did there was walk to Big Ben, and saw the London Eye. Then we continued on to Trafalgar Square once again, and went to Holiwood planet, a restaurant for lunch. I had a margherita pizza that was really good; I ate all of it. After that, we went to the London dungeons, which is really, really close to the London Eye. The London dungeons is a walk through of what the history of what London was in the 1880s. It's almost like you are in a story book. You are sent into the London dungeons to be executed, but one person in your group is given a letter. You are there to give it to the Pope, because you are attempting to kill the king by blowing ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City October 5th 2013

I took a train from Edinburgh to London. It wasn't cheap (the cheapest option was flying), but it was the most comfortable and it also gave me 4 hours to read a book that I had picked up in a hostel in Cape Town which I really enjoyed ("The Passage"). I had my tickets printed out at the house I was staying in and after arriving at the station I just got on the train. Out of all the boxes I checked when I bought the ticket online, I guess I didn't read the "fine print" where it said that I had to present the printed papers in an office to get the actual tickets before boarding the train. I found out about all this when the train was well underway and the ticket inspector asked ... read more
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Picadilly Circus
Big Ben

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City September 22nd 2013

Another late start, 9.30am and after a shower I went with Sam to Fulham to get some freebie house stuff from his course mates. We went to a good burger joint and had monkey nuts as an entree, they are almost as much fun as eating prawns. I did like Sam's homemade onion rings as well. Nice area Fulham.After returning on the bus we then took the furniture to pieces to speed up moving the next day. After this it was time to buy a few Friday afternoon pints. Before this I had to buy myself a new pair of trainers. The employees face was a picture when I tried a pair on and as a result threw the old pair I was wearing in the bin, all or nothing when it comes to shopping. I ... read more
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