Ugh! They're Evacuating us AGAIN?!
Trip Start Aug 28, 2010
24Trip End Dec 22, 2010
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On Friday, the four of us walked through Regent's Park to Abbey Road. Alyssa is a HUGE Beatles fan so this was a particularly sentimental journey. We tried to recreate the famous picture of the Beatles walking across Abbey Road, but it was way more difficult than we thought
Next, we took the Tube to Camdentown, a huge outdoor market, where we haggled for souvenirs and ate all kinds of ethnic food. We hopped back on the train and headed to the designer stores on Oxford Street, a huge change from Camden Market. While at Primark, a store on Oxford Street, the lights inside flickered and then came back on. Then more flickered and stayed out. Then more. Then more. It quickly became evident that the store was slowly losing power. We grabbed the last of our purchases and got in line to pay. The managers had us running from register to register to register, trying to let us (and about a thousand other people) pay before the next set of registers shut down. Eventually, everyone in the store was instructed to drop our merchandise where we were and head outside. Since the power was out, the escalators and elevators weren't working so everyone filed down the stairs in complete darkness.
Later that night, the four of us, along with our friends Leigha, Sam, and Morgan, went to a few clubs in SoHo and then to one near Charing Cross in Trafalgar Square. After only a few minutes of dancing, a bunch of men in reflective vests got on stage and asked everyone to evacuate the building. We all calmly left and shuffled onto the street outside. Our jaws dropped once we finally realized what was happening. It was pandemonium! Several hundred police officers were evacuating the entire street, kicking people out of their houses, and shutting down the Tube
On Saturday, Alyssa and Angie went on a trip to Leeds Castle and Canterbury while Adam and I set off to conquer the rest of London. We started by taking pictures of Tower Bridge while crossing London Bridge. Our next stop was the London Eye, Jubilee Gardens, the Dome of Discovery, and the River Thames
We arrived at the airport just in time to check in and head to our gate. And then our flight was delayed. And delayed. And delayed. We eventually boarded the plane and took off around 10:30pm. (We originally had a 7:35 flight.) After landing and going through passport control in Madrid, we realized the one flaw in Madrid's public transportation system - buses don't come to the airport after 2am. Since we arrived so late, the Metro was closed and the buses had stopped running, too. Our only option (besides a €60 taxi ride) was to wait until the Metro reopened at 6am. Adam and I found a quiet corner in the airport and dozed off for a few hours. A few minutes before 6:00, we woke up to find at least 50 other people sleeping around us. We boarded the first Metro train back home and tried to stay awake long enough to read the signs. I eventually arrived at my apartment at 7am and was greeted by my seņora with a plate of croquetas and a glass of milk.
This was certainly a trip I will never forget.