Wednesday morning I awoke to a window overlooking the large port city of Southampton, famously known for where the Titanic took off in 1912. My friends and I hurried off the ship, passports in hand, and made our way to the train station en route to the old British city of London.
After an hour and a half train ride, we arrived at the Waterloo Station. We got off the train and thought it would be a good economic choice for us to walk to our hotel. Needless to say, we ended up walking 10-13 miles across the city of London…with our heavy backpacks on. We came to Green Park (next to the Buckingham Palace), sat down for a minute, and instantly fell asleep for a half an hour. After awaking from our random nap in the middle of a royal park in London, we kept at our trek to Kensington High Street…and lets just say that it looked a lot easier to walk on a map! On our backpack through London, we did lots of sightseeing which included: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Saint James Park, Harrods, Victoria Station, Hyde Park, and the National History Museum. This trek lasted from 10:45am to 6:00pm and I realized how severe the walking was when I took off my flip flops and saw that my feet were entirely from the day…It sure is one way to see London!
We were so exhausted by the time we got to our hotel that we literally feel asleep at 8pm. The next day, we got up and went straight onto a bus tour, went around Piccadilly Circus, got onto a river cruise, and then went out for a night on the town. Night life in London is not as thrilling as we expected it to be. First, the taxi driver ripped us off and was a total jerk and then the British locals were not nice at all! Huge difference between the Irish and the Brits…
Today, we took the tube into Camden Market which consists of a lot of cheap vintage clothing and then went on the opposite side into the Borough Food Market. The Borough was fabulous and had a great variety of food from all over the world. After stuffing our faces, we walked up to London Bridge and enjoyed the sights for a little while.
Currently, we are in the hotel, tired from yet another day in London, and getting ready to depart back to Southampton tomorrow in order to board the ship. I believe we are catching a train from the Waterloo station around 11am and getting into Southampton around 12:30pm. We then leave the next day for Belgium where my friends and I are going into France and Germany for a day! If it isn’t clear from my posts, this is an extremely busy and high stress time. Not only worrying about projects and heavy class work, but also transportation and shelter in different countries! I must say, I was not that impressed with London. If anything, i was surprised at the lack of politeness from the people and annoyed at the exchange rate. With that being said, I am looking forward to our next stop!