Trip Start Apr 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 06, 2009

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

We arrived at Stansted Airport, just outside of London at about 3pm after a pleasant flight from Barcelona. By the time we caught our bus to London and walked an incredible distance, we finally found our hostel located next to Russell Square.
Very tired and hungry we decided to have a standard English dinner - Indian Curry, before heading to bed for our much needed beauty sleep.

Up early Friday morning to catch a two hour train ride to Worcester County Cricket Ground so Chris and I could bake in the 'heatwave' that was sweeping London watching the Aussies team up against the England Lions. Chris loved the experience of being able to walk on the field during tea and keeping score on his own little score card you could purchase for 1, while Alicia just did well to keep interested throughout the whole day
By the end of the afternoon it was all a bit embarrassing as we realised we were sunburnt from the English sun, but otherwise it was an awesome day.

To make the day even better, we were picked up from Worcester by Lisa, Davids old housemate along with her friend Helen and driven back to their flat in Birmingham.
After a great dinner, we were joined by Mel, Pete, Ian and Tom, more of Lisas friends and started to get warmed up by playing some interesting drinking games before heading out to a house party down the road, where we were to meet a few more of Davids old housemates.
More drinking and mingling as the night went on before retiring around 3am back to Lisas house for a cup of tea and bed.
Saturday morning chilled out with Lisa around the little town of Birmingham and had lunch with her hungover friends before jumping back on a train to London. It was definately one of the best weekends we have had away. Hanging out with mates almost made us forget we were travelling and back to normality which was nice.

Sunday was our long-awaited MONOPOLY DAY! We set our mission to find as many of the 22 streets and 4 train stations as possible from the much loved board game. We decided this was a brilliant way to see London as it naturally brought us to many of the main sights including Buckingham Palace and The Tower Bridge.
The day started out very well as we knocked off about 10 streets and even walked the 'Board Walk' before a picnic lunch in St James Park.
We continued our walk with a few more findings before rewarding ourselves with a ale or two and a Wimbledon Final check up.
After a few more streets, about 16 in total by now, we relaxed once again in a pub to watch the 5th set between Roddick and Federer. This ended up being a bad idea as the more they played, the longer we stayed and the more beer we drank.
Major distraction dealt with it was time for a feed of awesome Sunday roast with pimms and then to continue our quest.
As it was getting very late at night, Alicias legs were tiring but we only had 2 streets to go. Chris being as determined as he was to complete the task, he found Angel Islington by himself while Alicia rested at the hostel.
We had found 25 out of 26 properties, something we were proud of as Old Kent Road was too far away, but as you only get $2 in rent for it, we weren't fussed.

Next day was a great English day once again. Got lost in the Camden markets and Alicia broke the bank by finally indulging in her need to shop, scoring two awesome dresses.
The markets were great and lot more alternative than what we imagined which made the whoel area so full of character.

That same night we headed back to Leicester Square to experience the West End production of Chicago. (Not before a pint at the pub of course)
We had great seats at just 16 each and thoroughly enjoyed watching Jerry Sprringer, (Yes, Jerry Springer), as Billy Flynn, and the rest of the cast belting out some of Alicias favourite songs.

So all in all, we think we spent our time in England very well, and experienced some of the true English culture as we drank pimms and their warm ales, had a Sunday roast, watched the cricket, saw a West End show, and watched Wimbledon.

P.S. For those wondering, our bus to Paris went down Old Kent Road, so we did infact succeed in our mission! 
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