Welcome to London

Welcome to London

Well it is Day 4 of my Europe Adventure and apart from being terribly tired and perpetually sore we are doing alright. We have had quite a few missteps but nothing that can’t be expected. It is going to be a good and interesting (I’m sure) next few weeks!

20130413-195042.jpgWe left on Tuesday for what was supposed to be a very long wait in the airport that managed to keep getting longer. However after about 7 hours of camping out on the floors of JFK we made it onto our flight and away we went. Unfortunately for me my chair was broken and resulted in a total lack of sleep during the flight, and for anyone who has ever seen me running on 1-2 hours of sleep you know what a truly terrible thing that is, but we survived, made it to London, got some coffee, found our hostel, and began to explore.

20130413-195048.jpgI am a big fan of wandering particularly in a travel situation, so that is primarily what we have been doing. The first day we had a little trouble with directions and wound up doing quite a bit of wandering on the way from the airport to the hostel. I really wish I had clocked the distance, by the end of this trip I have a feeling I will have waked more than I ever have before! We walked pretty much all the way across London with our packs on, a nice gradual ease into the life of a backpacker don’t you think?

Rachel & Erik at the Pub

Rachel & Erik at the Pub

We spent the next few days seeing the sights: Big Ben, The London Eye, St. Paul’s, Camden, Picadilly Circus, Hyde Park, Kensington, Chelsea, the South Bank, the Tower Bridge, etc. On Thursday night we met up with a friend from home, Rachel, for dinner at a pub, and again the following day for a tour of the Globe Theatre, a walk through Borough Markets, and dinner and drinks back at her place with a few of her friends. We had a really nice time with her and seeing the sights and decided to end our stay in London with a Drum and Base concert/club thing that Erik found online. It was definitely out of my comfort zone but I’m on vacation so I thought I would give it a try and it was a lot of fun! We met up with some locals who work at the hostel and all went together. It was a very interesting way to end our stay in London and a different side of London life to see.

Shakespears Globe Theatre

Shakespears Globe Theatre

It was literally an all night event and we made our way back to the hostel just in time for breakfast, packed up our bags, and with both of us literally feeling like the walking dead we made our way to the train and on to Cambridge. Well things were going a little too smoothly and given our full state of exhaustion we fell asleep and missed the stop resulting in an hour of sitting around waiting for another train to take us back to Cambridge but we made it, made it to our B&B and fell asleep at 11am. We should be nice and recovered in the morning and ready for a day in Cambridge before we head off to York.

Travelers Note: ALWAYS have a backup cash option when traveling because you never know when your bank is going to do something stupid and close your debit card! That has been a nice little bit of added excitement but with the help of my sister harassing the bank by phone back home it should all be sorted in the morning. Thanks again Kylie!


About Shelby

Shelby is a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Professional Writing focusing of Editing and Publishing. A native New Yorker from the eastern end of Long Island, she is spending her first post-college year working at a winery in the fall, teaching skiing over the winter, traveling in the spring, all while exploring the world of writing. She loves books, baking, holidays, being outside, exploring, and drinking ridiculous amount of coffee and tea.

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  1. Glad to hear you survived the flight over to London! The line about surviving on 1-2 hours of sleep made me literally laugh out loud, glad to hear that coffee was located before your travels continued. Take lots of pictures! Can’t wait to hear all about it

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