Out and About.. London Style!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2013
Trip End Jun 01, 2013

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy February! Today, we woke up at 8am, and started getting ready for the day. My friend Jillian was sick, so could not come out with us today. So, we made our way to my friend's hotel room, got Jillian all settled and comfortable and then finally got a start to our day. When we entered London that day, we headed straight for Trafalger square where we were going to get our tickets for our "Hop-on-Hop-Off" Bus tour that would take us to all the sights around London… now, we were all very tired, so naturally first we had to find a Starbucks (they had them here!!) and get some caffeine in us J After finding the Starbucks (I got a Strawberries and Crème Frap, which was actually better than in the US!), we made our way to the first bus station and waited for the bus! There, we met three other American girls. They all studied at Boston University! Two of the girls were studying in London this semester and the other was visiting for the weekend and was actually studying in Dublin for the semester! We chatted for a few minutes, talked about how expensive London was, and then finally the bus came and we all got on! We sat in the open part on top of the double decker! It was FREEZING but so worth it to be able to see everything as we passed it. We went through Trafalgar square, near the Parliament buildings, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Constitution arch, the Marble Arch, Hyde park, Speaker's corner, Buckingham palace and sooo many other really neat places! We got off at the Buckingham Palace stop to take pictures and met a really nice oriental couple who took a picture for us. They were with their son, who was living and going to school in New York City, and they got really excited when I said I was from New York J They were very nice, but then we headed back to the bus station to hop on and go to the other places! The bus tour was really fun and really cool because we were literally able to see every nook and cranny of London! It took us across all the bridges, into the actual city of London, as opposed to the city of Westminster and it was nice because we were able to hear the history and the explanations behind everything. Had we not done the bus tour, we just would have walked around and looked at things, not knowing exactly what they were. So, I really enjoyed it! And now I actually know things about the pictures I have!! Haha.

At the end of the bus tour we got off back at Trafalgar square and poked around in a few souvenir shops. I got postcards to send out and my friend got her dad a sign for Abbey Road… the Beatles!! I almost got an Olympic London 2012 shirt, but they didn’t have my size... darn! It was still very cool though because they had TONS of stuff left over from the Olympics! Finally, after going into several souvenir shops we decided that we’d go back to the hotel and check on Jillian to make sure she was okay. By this time we were also super hungry because all we’d had was Starbucks! (#BrokeCollegeKids!) So, we made our way back and checked on Jillian who was super sick and sleeping in bed. Now, us all being nursing majors, obviously we each had our input on how to cure her :P We determined that she had a fever, so when we went to the store we got her fever reducing medicine. We made her eat toast, drink fluids and get plenty of rest. It was the first test of many… hopefully (I think) we can all survive nursing school J haha ANYWAYS... after we checked on Jillian we were STARVING, so we found a place called Pizza Express in Greenwich. It was a nice pizza place where you could get personal pizzas and the prices were super cheap! So I got a plain Margarita pizza and then a side salad (I had been craving salad!)… When it came, we found out that the pizzas were HUGEE! Still, we were starving and I ended up finishing the entire pizza! It was soooo good! Then, we went to a little convenience store (to buy medicine), and while there we got a small container of peanut butter, four chocolate muffins and a small loaf of bread... with that we would make lunch for the next day! (We’re smart, we know!) So, we brought all the groceries and medicine back to the hotel, grabbing a ton of packages of cookies from the cleaning cart in the hallway as we walked by… and put everything in the room.

Then, we were off again. We were going out on the town, seeing London at night! First, we made a pit-stop at King’s Cross station where the famous Platform 9 ¾ is in Harry Potter. We took the typical touristy pictures, and it was really funny and cool! Then, we made our way (via the tube) to Covent Gardens. We got off the tube and immediately you could hear the party going on out in the streets! It was absolutely crazy! There was music blasting, people everywhere, and it was definitely the place to be at night! We walked up and down the streets of Covent Gardens, found Punch and Judy’s (A place my dad remembered from 30 years ago) and THAT was definitely a popular place to be; the balcony was packed full of people and they were spilling out the door! As we were walking around Covent Gardens we came across a place called Snog… It was a frozen yogurt place! We went in, ordered our frozen yogurt and tried it. Froyo here is a little different than at home because not only is it fat free, but they also don’t put any sugar in it. So, it was interesting tasting and I was thankful that I put tons of chocolate, sugary toppings on top! After Froyo we wandered around a little bit more, finding tons of pubs everywhere that were crowded and bumpin’ music! It was a lot of fun! But, finally we were tired, so we took the tube back, showered and relaxed and then went to sleep! Tomorrow was our last day! We had a schedule all planned out of what we wanted to do and see, and we were going to be up by 8am, ready to go by 9, time to get some rest!!
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