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Published: April 21st 2009
Finally made it to London! Sorry if any of you have been searching for posts, it's been crazy since we've landed into London we didn't have any free time to post anything since we only had 3 days here. Unfortunaly the place where we are camping at in Amsterdam does not have a computers where you can upload photos/videos, so you'll have to check back. We did make it into Amsterdam safely, below is an account of days in London....
April 16, 2009 - We arrived early in the morning into Heathrow Airport and later arrived at our hostel in Russell Square. Jet lag wasn't so bad I would have imagined, which was a relief. I only started to feel tired around 1pm which I believe is around early morning on EST time. Everytime we stopped moving and sat on a bench I was starting to dose off. Fortunately we met with my old highschool friend, Manuel and his wife Katie. It was great to catch up and see an old friend as well as give Emily and I a second wave of energy in order to stay up until later in the evening. We went to eat at this
just got on the plane...so excited! loud classical music playing and british accents all around.
amazing vegan buffet where everything was so delicious we could've kept eating there everyday! We then went to a pub and had some drinks and ended the night with a view from London School of Economics rooftops.
April 17, 2009 - On the go once again, still raining here, the hostel has free breakfast every morning so Emily and I have been eating toast with jam and butter for me, cereal and juice. Today we walked around the Camden neighborhood of London and ate our lunch on a stoop of some building. Since being on a very strict budget we cannot afford to dine out daily so Emily and I have been going to a local grocery store and getting food that we could eat on the go. Emily had spagehetti from a can, which was actually very tasty if you can imagine. I ate a cheese salad which had a several layers of pasta, cheese, vegtables and more dairy goodness. It was a great on the go meal. It then started to rain harder so it was getting a bit unberable to walk around. We had evening plans to meet Emily's friend Oliver, so we decided to head
in that direction and hung out in an alley waiting for the rain to let up. We met up with Oliver and had a few drinks at another pub and then had dinner at a little Italian restaurant in the SoHo area of London. We ended the night going to one of the oldest gay bar's in London where we got entry to the VIP area of the bar thanks to Oliver. We then left the bar only to realize that the underground was now closed for the night and would have to figure out another way to get back to the hostel. Luckily the area our hostel is in a central part of London that we were able to take an all night bus back to Russell Square.
April 18, 2009 - Last day here, so we had to decided what was definately a must see or do in London. I know I wanted to do some touristy things so we went to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and after we went to the London Bridge. We also went to Hampsted Heath and ate a lunch in the park. After that we had plans
thanks captain for getting us to london safely!
to try to find Karl Marx's grave in Highgate Cemetary which was fairly close to the Hampsted Heath park, so we thought. We looked at the map and figured it would be a nice walk. It would've been great except the way to cemetary was much farther than what we had imagined and also it was mostly uphill hike towards Highgate Village, yuck. As we trekked thru and arrived in Highgate Village we found the cemetary and walked down this steep hill where the cemetary was located. Since we had been walking forever we had arrived at 10 mins before the cemetary closed they would not let us enter the grounds. Huge bummer! Emily likes to stay positive and say that at least we got to see a beautiful part of London we would have never visited. We then found a bus that headed back in the direction we needed and headed back to the hostel so we could get our backpacks in order for us to head to Amsterdam the following day. Nothing really eventful happened after, ate dinner we had gotten at the grocery store: lime rice and a 4 pack of 16 oz beer we paid .90
first pic in london
just off the plane!
pence ($1.33 USD), YES! Next stop... Amsterdam.
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