1-3 Fevrier: mind the gap!!
Our first adventure is officially under our belts. London welcomed us with their glorious english-speaking ways and their incredibly addictive accents. The trip as a whole was pretty amazing for only being there 2 1/2 days. We got to see a lot- thanks to Karen's brother who is living in London right now. He was able to kind of tour us around the major landmarks. It was nice to be able to follow someone for a while and not try to find anything or decide where to go. We got to see the London Bridge, Big Ben, Parliament, changing of the guards, London Eye, Portebello Road, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Trufalgar's Square, Herod's, National Galleries, and Picadilly Circus. I'm sure those aren't all spelled correctly but you get the idea- we got to see a lot in a very short amount of time. We didn't go in anywhere because of time and money limits but that was fine with me. I think we got to see more things in general because we weren't inside at all really.
Anyways, our first hostel experience was definitely a success. We met some fun people- Leo in particular, a student from Brazil who stayed in our room. He was a cool guy and made us all feel a little more comfortable about the whole sharing rooms with strangers concept. Aside from the couple who arrived late at night, we didn't have any other discrepancies...Anyways, like I mentioned, we met some interesting people there and it was definitely a good experience. The hostel overall was surprisingly clean and modern. It used to be a court house so it's a great twist of old and new.
Karen's brother also took us to a few bars, one being Waxy O'Connors- this great six-story bar that has this rustic Irish feel to it. It was jam-packed when we went but that made it all the more fun, I think. Good music too. Oh, and the one bartender was absolutely hysterical and basically kept us at that bar for like an hour longer than we anticipated. London was ridiculously expensive- which we were prepared for but it still hurt. We basically starved the whole trip, only purchasing tea and a meal of fish and chips just for tradition-sake. We brought along some baguettes and clementines so we survived, however, we looked pretty homeless at more than a few instances. Haha it was funny though.
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