Highlights of week 3.

Trip Start Apr 16, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Barmy Badger Backpackers London
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Approx 2:30pm....

 Wow....3 weeks have come and gone already! Feels like I've been in London much longer but also like I just arrived.

 I've crammed ALOT into 3 weeks; have walked miles around the streets of London and surrounds which I believe is the best (and cheapest) way to see the sights. You could spend 30 zooming around the city on an open topped double decker bus, but that's just cheating! And you'll really only get a glimpse of the sights before the bus moves on. 

 When short on time in NYC with mum and dad a few years ago this was an excellent way to cram it all in but seeing as I've had time to spare, I've pounded the pavement and immersed myself in this stunning city. (I'm sure everyone is sick of my exclamations of "oh wow" and "it's so beautiful" but I can't help it.....so much of London is just incredible! )

Today I write from the top of Primrose Hill while I admire a spectacular view of the city (and a view free of charge which is even sweeter!). I chucked on my jogging gear this morning and decided I'd spend my day just wandering (not too much jogging has occurred as I've stopped alot to take photos!).

First stop was St Paul's Cathedral; arrived at via short tube ride to Mansion House station then a short walk along Cannon St. I'm too stingy to pay the entrance fee (gotta squeeze every penny as a traveller) but enjoyed my free walk around St Paul's Churchyard while the sun streamed down. This stunning building reminds me of the Capital Hill building in Washington DC with its dome structure.

I'd previously read in a London guidebook that there's a breathtaking view to be seen from the top of St Pauls Cathedral, but like I said I'm stingy so I decided to google 'free scenic views of London' and so began my onward course to Regent's Park.

Earlier in the week I'd decided that Hyde Park was my favourite spot in London, but arriving at Regent's Park, after a decent walk across town, I had to revise this decision. Regent's Park is even more stunning than Hyde Park! And enormous (as a lot of parks in London are).

Yesterday was also a brilliant day of picnicking in Richmond Park, which again is beautiful and huge, and had an added bonus of a herd of free roaming deer! Let's just say that visiting a London park, no matter which one, is a highlight and a must see/do. London knows how to tend magnificent parks!

Also this week I nabbed a bargain front row 25 ticket to Burn The Floor, a dancing spectacular at the Shaftesbury Theatre. I went on my own and loved every minute! Was very exciting to see Jack, the winner of Australia's first So You Think You Can Dance competition, as a cast member! He's an incredible dancer!

Was so inspired by Burn The Floor that the next night I went to a salsa club and dusted off my dancing skills, which have been dormant for quite a while. Had a great night getting spun around the dancefloor (mostly by a couple of older guys who thought they were top stuff ha ha).

Friday night was a great night spent with a couple girls I'd met at my hostel. We went to the opening night of a new Aussie bar in Fulham and had a fun night of dancing and drinks.

It's been another fantastic week in London. On Thursday I start a two week live in care assignment with the same clients I worked for last week. I've never worked 14 days straight so it's going to be interesting! But the money will be worth my efforts, which I plan to spend on trips to Ireland and Greece in the not too distant future.

Addition to today's writing, its now 11:30pm, I'm back at the hostel editing what I wrote today and must add.........

The incredible weather London is having at the moment deserves a mention. It's been sunny and hot (20 degrees - don't laugh it's hot at 20 degrees here!) most of the three weeks I've been here and I am certainly not complaining!! And finally, had a fantastic night of yummy thai food and interesting conversation with Dayna and some of her friends tonight! I'm enjoying how social London is and how easy it's been to meet friendly new people! I can only hope for more entertaining nights with awesome people!!

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