Leaving London - Ireland here we come!

Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
Trip End Jun 03, 2013

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

As I write this, we are on a boat from Holyhead (North Wales) to our next stop - IRELAND! We booked a train/ferry trip from London to Dublin for thirty eight pounds each, and being budget backpackers, we expected to get on a ferry resembling a City Cat at best. But as I write to you, we sit on something like a small cruise liner, at the pub end drinking large beers, sitting in comfy chairs, using the free Wifi. There's a full restaurant, we could play the pokies later if we get bored, and they're showing movies. Not bad, Ireland, not bad at all.

London has been great, and we've seen so much and done so many cool things. Having said that, I am excited to leave London because after a while the miserable weather and depressing rides on the Tube can get a bit old. Every day we would hear of a line being delayed because of a person under the train, (in Australia I don't think we would put it so bluntly - "an incident" - it would be called), and even though we loved London, I'm excited to see some beautiful scenery in Ireland (and maybe meet some more Irish characters like the funny drunk chap we met in line on the way to the ferry, who told us Dublin was crap, and why would we go there?)

A quick recap of how we spent the last few days in London - the day after we went to Fifteen, Jamie Oliver's restaurant, we had a major day of sightseeing where we went to Hyde and Kensington Park and looked at the Diana memorials, went off to Harrods where we looked very poor and out of place, checked out the Tower Bridge, London Bridge and Tower of London, (although being short of time and on a budget we didn't go in - maybe on the way home) - and had a great afternoon checking out the Tate Modern art gallery. That night we went to see Wicked at West End, which was brilliant! Loved it.

The next day we headed off early on a train to Oxford, where we spent the morning checking out the town. It goes without saying that I would have loved to have studied here! (Not that I didn't love you, UQ). Maybe for my master's degree, right Steve? ...Right?

After Oxford we headed back to London where we caught a matinee showing of The Lion King which was also fantastic. I was totally blown away by the costuming, sets and dancing. The singing was great too although the little boy playing Simba was definitely more a dancer/actor than a singer. (I shouldn't be too harsh on him though, after all he probably was all of ten years old at best). We were so spoilt getting to see two amazing shows in two days especially as we rarely go at home.

I forgot to mention that another highlight from London was getting to catch up with Hannah and Megan! Hannah and I used to work together at JPC where we had lots of fun hanging around Grade 2, and Megan worked in OSHC and it was great to see them again. They've both been teaching in London for about a year and had lots of war stories/hilarious recounts of their times teaching over here. We caught up for a pint in a little English pub, as you do, and it was great.

That's about it for now, hopefully should have some good Irish tales for you when we catch up next!

Lots of love

Ps. Sorry for the photo overload, but I'm going to turn this into a book when I get home, and I want to remember all the amazing things I saw! And I do love a photo or five...
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Mum & Dad F on

Brilliant photos, commentary very entertaining, Chrissy!! We's thrilled out of our wits for youz. xoxo

Wayne Horne on

What! No Abbey Road?

chrissyfaulks on

Going back to London on the way home, Wayne, will make sure to take the obligatory Beatles album photo then!

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