I don’t even know where to start! It’s been three weeks since I got to the UK and three weeks since my last blog. So much has happened in that time. I have been so all over the place, that I haven’t even been able to string a sentence together to update my blog. But here goes… My first London Blog. I’ll start at the beginning…
London – Part one
Three weeks ago I landed at Heathrow. It was 6am, and after 30+ hours and NO sleep I walked out of the terminal expecting to find my friend Caitlin, but she was no where to be seen. True to Caitlin style, she got lost… in the terminal. Granted Heathrow is huge, but to get lost in an airport terminal is no easy feat – gotta give her props for that! After an hour or so, she managed to find her way to me. And so our adventure began.
We made our way to the hostel, trying to navigate through the London Underground with two suitcases was an interesting experience. Somehow we managed to find our way to the hostel, and all I wanted was to sleep. I didn’t care about jet lag or ‘adjusting to the time zone’. I just wanted to have a nap. A nice long nap. But according to Caitlin that was not allowed. She decided that the best way to spend my first day in London was to go to shopping… on Oxford street. Oxford street is hard enough to navigate when you’re at the top of your game, but trying to do this while you are struggling to keep your eyes open is a whole other kettle of fish. To keep me awake, Caitlin would slap me at 15-20 minute intervals. Just randomly, keeping me on my toes. The first place we went to was Primark. Not just any Primark. Oxford Street Primark. One of the the biggest, busiest Primarks that exist. To say that I was flabbergasted is an understatement. At one point I just stood in the sweater section and nearly started crying all because I couldn’t find my size. After a fun filled day of sightseeing, shopping and lots of coffee, Caitlin finally let me go to bed.
The next few days were pretty much a blur. We shopped, we drank, we ate. We just enjoyed the fact that we were in this magical place. I went to Oxford for the day to meet up with an old friend. Rani and I spent the day exploring Oxford.
After 4 days in London, it was time to go. Time to go to the city of love. Paris.
Paris – The City of Love… and pickpockets
I got to Paris a few days before Caitlin and spent some time with some family. I explored the banks of the Seine and basically just acted like the biggest tourist Paris has ever seen. Then Caitlin arrived, and that’s when things got interesting. I met her at the airport like the good friend that I am and we started to make our way to the hostel. We were quite proud that we managed to navigate though the Paris Metro, we were almost at the hostel when Paris decided to welcome us with open arms – well not so much open arms as quick hands. Caitlin’s phone was gone. One swift move and her phone disappeared with the crowd of people. I managed to get an upset Caitlin to the hostel where we checked in and we decided the best way to deal with what just happened was to have a nap. And nap we did.
We spent the next few days exploring Paris. The Louvre, Notre Dame and the Love Lock Bridge. We spoke French (well we tried). We ate croissants and drank coffee. It was beautiful. On our last day in Paris, we decided that we needed to be the biggest tourists we could be. So we waited for 2 hours to climb the Eiffle Tower. In the rain. We got to the top and it was definitely worth the wait. As we got to the top, the rain had subsided and the sun came out. And with that a beautiful rainbow covered the Paris skyline. What a way to end our time in Paris.
It was time to move on. Next stop… Scotland
Edinburgh – Ye Olde Scotland
I think Edinburgh is my favourite place so far. To say that it is beautiful is an understatement. I loved Edinburgh and can’t wait to go back one day. I got to see friends that I haven’t seen for years and get drunk with them too. Bonus!
On our 3rd night Caitlin and I decided to see a show. So we discussed meeting at the stairs near the castle at 6pm and make our way to the theatre. As you know so far Caitlin;
a) Can get lost in a airport terminal
b) Doesn’t have a phone
But I had faith that Caitlin could make her way to the meeting place. It was a 10 min walk down a single road. And our meeting point was underneath the giant castle in the middle of Edinburgh. She could do it.
Well she did it… It only took her 75mins, but she did it. Caitlin takes getting lost to a whole new level! Luckily, we got to the theatre with 3 mins to spare and we got to to see the show. ‘Don’t try this at home’ was probably the single best piece of theatre I have ever seen. I had never laughed so much in my entire life. It was basically an hour and a half of people being hit by rubber mallets, getting cream pies in the face and rubbing baked beans all over their bodies – What’s not to love?!
It was time to say goodbye to Scotland and head down to see Rani.
Basingstoke – Happy Birthday to me!
My 23rd birthday rolled around which meant that it was time to head down to Basingstoke. Rani – being the amazing woman that she is booked me in at the Hilton Hotel for 4 days for my birthday. I didn’t do much. I relaxed, I ordered room service and I enjoyed the fact that I was not sleeping with 14 other people in the room. It was bliss. Rani took me out for dinners, we drank cider – All in all it was a great Birthday. I was in the UK, how could it be bad?
But alas my bliss was quickly obliterated when it was time to go from the Hilton – back to a 15 person hostel room.
London – Part 2
With that we are in the present – Back in London. The last 3 weeks has been so much fun. I’ve met some great people, some not so great people and some people that I wanted to slap in a face with a shoe. I’ve met American students, French firefighters, Scottish comedians and Argentinean lawyers. Oh and don’t forget the Aussies – We’re basically a pest in this country.
But the ‘holiday’ is now over and it’s time to evaluate my life and figure out WHAT THE HELL I AM DOING!
The time has come to find a job and find a place to live. This is going to be fun.
Wish me luck!