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Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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Ashlee House in London turned out to be one of those hostels I can highly recommend for other budget travellers to London. Many times better than the sterile YHA I stayed in on Oxford St. It was made better by rooming with Jim... a young wheat farmer from Moora, WA. He's surfing himself around the world and was great to talk to for the short time I was in London. He's on his way to Bordeaux in France to surf along the coasts of Spain, France and Portugal. The other 2 beds were empty which was kind of good... makes my transition from my own room at my mum's to crowded, smelly hostels so much easier. Ashlee House was excellent... not only for the social value, but the value for money and the fact that for 18 pounds, I got breakfast as well. The hostel had a good atmosphere... full of younger-type backpackers.
Couldn't be bothered sleeping past 7.30am... got awoken by some mysterious alarm clock at around 4am
I scored an excellent deal through EasyJet for 31 Euro ($50) to fly London-Amsterdam. This budget airline has really impressed me... on time and friendly hostesses.
So here I am in Amsterdam... for round 2. I'm pretty much still getting over the huge flight so will keep the nightlife to a minimum tonight. But I still managed to down two pints at one of my favourite pubs with an excellent viewing vantage point... open window with a good breeze and friendly patrons. Met a Saudi Arabian guy tonight... first guy I've met from this country.
I'm staying at the Shelter..
It's very hot here... high 20s. Apparently, London is going through a heat spell with temps round the 30 degree mark. They don't know what heat is!
The fiasco with Big Brother is in the news here in Europe/UK. John Howard's statement that the show is 'stupid'and should be axed is flying strong. Go Camilla and Dave!
I've got 5 nights here, maybe 4. Looking forward to relaxing here. I definitely feel on holiday mode here... especially with the heat, the mellow atmosphere, the copious amounts of beer being served etc. A great place to hang out for a few days. Only wish it could become a bit cooler! I'm sure the hostel dorm will be a scorcher tonight.