Day 1 in transit/ Day 2 zombie walk through London

Trip Start Jun 16, 2011
Trip End Jul 21, 2011

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Our journey began in good ol' Lancaster PA (or Land'caster if you are from southern DE) where we jumped onto our first train to Penn Station, NYC. From there it was another train to Jamaica and then the air tram to JFK. We passed our time on the train catching up and cheating on cross word puzzles. From JFK we had a flight to Reykjavik, Iceland airport (Great coffee) and then on to Heathrow. I don't think the gravity of the trip was fully realized until we successfully made it through customs in London- This was partly due to the fact that Patrick told a horror story about travelers who were sent immediately home when landing in London for not having their itinerary set correctly (This really happened-Pat).

From there we took the tube, while being sure to 'mind the gap', to our hostel. We are staying at Palmer Lodge in Swiss Cottage. It is an awesome, historic, restored mansion that was converted into a hopping youth hostel... We opted to stay in a room with 28 other perfect strangers (Check out pics below). Anxious to see the city, we hopped back on the tube and stopped at the first station with a name that sounded touristy... we lucked out!! Within minutes of being in Central London we ordered our obligatory fish and chips. If we are being honest they were average at best. At this point we decided the best strategy to see the city is to pick a random direction and walk. Using this failproof strategy, we succeeded in seeing nearly every London icon available (Big Ben, London Eye, Westminster Abbey). We also stopped and bought a tent to sleep in Sunday night. Our plan is to sleep out in a waiting line for tickets to the first day of the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament! Our original strategy for tonight was to stay up until 10 pm London Time (5 hours ahead of the East coast). Although 35 hours of insomnia is suggesting we try another strategy. It is currently 8:40 pm and we are mustering up every ounce of energy to keep our eye lids separated. On the schedule for tomorrow, hopefully waking up in time to see the Changing of the Guards and then we hope to check out some of the free museums (MUMMIES!!!!).

Ryan and Pat
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Nathan on

Yes, the British museum has a wealth of Egyptian antiquities, including the Rosetta Stone... see that tomorrow!

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