Entering London (Day One: Part II)
Trip Start Aug 16, 2012
24Trip End Oct 01, 2012
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As we entered the City of London, commuters came on board and I felt bad for taking up space on the train. I was going to get off soon, St. Pancras was not too far away. Once I got off and out of the station, I had a hard time searching for the hostel. Exits aren't clearly labelled and street signs are on the side of buildings. My only hope was to look for the McDonald's and try to locate it from there. I spotted it and walked past like the directions said. I eventually found my hostel, Keystone Kings Cross, down the street. I checked in at the counter and found my room on the third floor (four storeys up = lots of stairs). I am sleeping in bed 16 which is tucked away in the farthest corner making it feel safer and more private. The bathrooms aren't great, but at least there is one full-sized one next to our room.
I thought I was going to stay at the hostel for the rest of the day (it was around 6pm) but surprisingly felt energized and ready to explore London. I headed out towards Kings Cross and took the tube to Waterloo after purchasing my Oyster Card (which I loaded with £25). I wasn't sure if that was all I'd be needing, but I figured it should last at least a few days. The tube trains are very efficient at getting me to where I wanted to go. Waterloo station is in Southwark and I walked west along the River Thames. I saw the London Eye, crossed over a bridge, and walked past the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. It was a Friday night so the streets were lively and packed with people. Satisfied for the night, I traveled back to the hostel to get some rest. It's midnight London time and I haven't slept since I got up on Thursday!