We should be so strong with all the pounds spent

Trip Start Oct 28, 2004
Trip End Aug 08, 2005

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Wednesday, August 3, 2005

After seeing all the free sites that London had to offer, and with only four days left of the international portion of our journey, Molly and I found ourselves without accomodation and penniless bank accounts. Every doubt we had concerning the dollar to pound conversion came true and we have now become the travelers I hoped we'd never be: the type to make a meal out of the items found on the "free food" shelf in hostel kitchens.

We had planned to head to the south of england but turns out that the beaches were plagued with unusual rain and the MTV crowd. Plan B would take us to the north but terrorists were being arrested and tornados were devistating the land. So with no other option, yesterday was spent on the phone trying to change our flight back to the states but the only thing that we could get cheaptickets.com and Aer Lingus to agree on was that we had paper tickets. Some operators wanted to get rid of us as quickly as possible and tell us that flights out of Dublin didn't leave past 3pm. Others wanted to just take our credit card number when others said no transactions could be completed over the phone. Four and a half hours later we still had paper tickets that depart from London on August 4th.

Today we took Sara's roommate's advice and rocked on over to the airport were she promised that "no flight attendant would turn away two cute girls packed and ready to go." If only Parame worked for the airline. After a 15 pound train ticket to the airport we found that there were no seats available beyond business class and ultimately were SOL. With no US destination in sight we changed our strategy and decided we would take ANY cheap destination: Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Madrid...whatever. Still all too expensive. Even taking a train was too expensive. Plan C: moving into the Heathrow airport for 4 days. But turns out Tom Hanks already made a movie about that.

You can all breathe a sigh of relief...we did not sleep in the airport. We instead moved into a hostel for 17 pounds a night. Having carried our 12 kilo bags for 6 hours we had never been so excited to be in a hostel (we HATE hostels)...despite its shabbiness, the girls who liked to come in at 4am, and the man who yelled and claimed he was an anarchist. And even though we were out of money and living on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches we decided that our self pity warrented pulling out our VISA cards and spending our last few nights in town seeing shows. Monday night was Guys and Dolls starring Ewan McGregor and Jane Krykowski (We thought that maybe the cast of Ally McBeal was going to be there to support their co-star...and maybe Robert Downey, Jr would perform one of his new hit singles. But who are we kidding? RDJ doesn't have any hit songs.) for just 15 pounds. Sure we had to stand through the entire show but it was well worth it. Amazing really. The following night was Chicago and the night after that was Les Mis. Unfortunately we were a day late...Brooke Shields ended her run the night before.

And that's all London wrote. We can't even afford the internet these days...can only use it when it's free.
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