Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
36Trip End May 01, 2011
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Today I decided to go to Kew Gardens. Unfortunately....same old story...I got up rather late. I grabbed a cup of coffee downstairs on my way out...I sat and drank it and looked at my guidebook and notes, ate a clif bar and then went out to the tube to catch a train to Kew Gardens. I asked the man at the station where I was transferring which train to take and he said the 2nd one on the right side. I waited and then heard an announcement that some trains were not running or delayed so I asked again and he said I missed the train and to take the 2nd one that comes. I did that but it took me awhile to realize that it was the wrong one...the line forked here and I was on the wrong line. By the time I finally got to Kew Gardens it was around one.
I went in the Victoria Gate and was off from the instructions since they started at the Main Gate. A nice woman...everyone I ask here has been very helpful and nice...suggested that I not go all around the Gardens but concentrate on the greenhouses and the closer end....which I ended up doing after I had seen the pagoda and the lion gate
After hitting the gift shop and buying some bargain postcards, I took the train to Richmond as Andrew suggested and walked around looking for a place to have some dinner. There were quite a few to choose from but I decided for low-budget Lebanese and had a falafel wrap which was quite good and I was quite happy. I managed the trip back to the hostel without any problems. I did find out going to Richmond that you may have to enter the correct direction when traveling by train otherwise your magnetic card might have a problem.
When I got back to the room, Ooud was already here and we had a nice chat. Her English is much better than my French...until the 3rd roommate came. I need to finish today's write-up quickly so I won't make any more noise and my roommates can go to sleep.