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Arrival and London

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This is my first blog and my interest and motivation behind this project to blog as I travel is to give my family as friends an idea of where I'm going, what I'm seeing, and how I am doing overall. I have already put pics on Facebook but they have no explanation so this will do a better of job of doing so. I'll start from my arrival in London Heathrow (London's airport) - it was an 8 and a half hour flight and I don't sleep a wink - too much excitement was running through my veins I believe - I didn't make any friends on the plane but I did as soon as I got onto the the Heathrow express which is the train that runs from the airport to Paddington Station, in central London. My first friend was Hayden, a native to Florida and studying abroad in Germany for school. We bumped into each other on the train and started chatting and decided we would explore/be lost together when we got to Paddington. Our first stop was to get some wifi- I needed to let the parents know that I had made it safe and sound - we ate a bit and btw the mustard here is unusually spicy - took me by surprise it did- we then ventured off to see what we could find - we eventually walked into Soho which I believe is in West Minster - and it's ALL shopping - literally nothing else - besides construction - there was a lot of that too- since Hayden and I were on a budget, we weren't all that interested in being in this area - we got tired and decided to find a pub and have a beer- we ended up at Carnaby alley or way or something - Haha- but it was a nice pub and made it right before rush hour lunch -we think-so it was nice - Hayden had to get back to Paddington station and so after the pub we went our separate ways - I called a taxi- who was very nice and informative - he even told me all about how he was a dancer in the opening ceremony of the most recent Olympics - it was his claim to fame- he dropped me off at my hostel and by this point I was very tired and ready to sleep and it was only noon here :/ so I bought my bed, which I share a room with 6 or 7 other ladies and we have lockers to keep out stuff in - I took a very long nap and woke up in the evening and ventured out for some food and more sight seeing - my hostel in a wonderful location and when I walk out and turn the corner I am met by St. Paul's chapel- it is absolutely amazing in it's grandeur. I bought a little sandwich and water and went on my way- one of my roommates was an elderly British woman who I can't remember her name but was very sweet - we walked together to the Thames, which she used to direct and schedule all of the old war ships on so they could pass- she was a navy girl- and we walked across one of the many bridges as she continued to give me history lessons on what she knew- it was awesome to say the least. When we got back to the hostel I then met a couple of American girls from Arizona who are on a month trip around Europe - around my age and today, Thursday, we went all over the place it seems. We started around 845 am with breakfast and then went to the tube- underground train station- and they taught me how to get a ticket and read the maps- we then went to the area where we saw the House of Parliament - and old outrageously beautiful castle - and walked around it and then had lunch in front of the national museum but we didn't go in bc the girls had already visited it and we went on to an area called Camden ? I may be wrong but it was in northern London and it was crazy cool. It was full of different stations that sold all kinds of souvenirs to jewelry to art to furniture to every nationality of food. But the main headlight of this area was a place called CyberDog - it was this totally rave crazy store - it was so awesome and I immediate wanted to shave half my head, dread the other half and buy a whole new wardobe of neon colored clothes and go to a rave - anyways it's totally worth a visit if you decide to come to London - after this we were all tired and decided to head back to the hostel - one of the girls is coming down with strep, which I have a full knowledge of bc I recently got over it myself and they went off to te doctor while I ate dinner at anyplace called Garfunckles , near my hostel, and while I'm waiting for my family to FaceTime me, I have caught up on this blogging project I am attempting to fulfill on this journey. My pops just sent a message and Saw my name on the standby list and I was number 7 ! And the lady said chances were really good but it'll be coach exciting as it gets for now ! Til next time :)
Peace and blessings y'all

Posted by dmward22 12:52 Archived in United Kingdom

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