Full Day Two!

Trip Start Jul 06, 2010
Trip End Jul 29, 2010

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Friday, July 9, 2010

So, this morning I awoke and looked at my computer to see what time it was. My computer said 6am, but I managed to convince myself that it was far too light out to be 6am so I thought my computer was back on American time, which meant it was 11am here (I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I MANAGED TO DO THIS... your brain does weird things when you're tired...). So in my mind this meant that we had overslept by an hour. But then I looked at my phone and that said it was one in morning which confused me even more. So I shouted and woke up the others and told them we'd woken up an hour late. But because my phone had confused me a lot, I ran downstairs to the kitchen and looked at the clock there. This clock said 6am... So I ran back to our room and said: "I think it might actually be 6am..." and because they were not delirious (like i apparently was... lol) they had already realized that. We went back to sleep... and awoke four hours later, got ready and then went out and met up with my friend Amy. We took the 73 bus to get to the National Portrait Gallery where we were supposed to meet up with my cousin Sam, who is also currently traveling in Europe. When we didn't find him anywhere we went downstairs to the Cafe (as I said yesterday, Emma and Adora are pretty much done with museums). I got to have my first clotted cream (a specialty in England) although it was not with tea, it was with strawberries (YUMMY)! Amy led us across Trafalgar Square to a very touristy shop where we bought a lot of our London tourist stuff (which I'm sure some of you will be the benefactors of). Following this we took a very long, sunny walk to Big Ben! (It was quite hot today, which may be karma for teasing those left behind in NYC heat). At Big Ben we were all very, very hot and thirsty but the Tesco (a little strip of a grocery store) was pretty much out of water. We purchased a large bottle of sparkling water which made us feel like white trash. Across the street from Big Ben is a "Democracy Village," a camp of Iraq War protesters with tents and peace signs. Apparently it started with this one man who has been living there for years and now a lot more people have joined. The city has been trying to get them evicted but no such luck yet. We walked back to Trafalgar Square and went down another street to Fortnum & Masons (a very fancy and cool department store). I bought some soaps that were beyond fancy (I don't know if I'll ever open them). A lady was trying on some perfume (on her arm) and suddenly came over to Amy and pushed her arm in her face, saying "you must smell this!" It was very odd. After Fortnum & Mason we walked around a shopping area for a while and had a very good time buying all sorts of things from quite a few shops (most of which had sales). We were so exhausted by that point and went into an EXTREMELY crowded Tube station. This was the most hellish experience! We managed to get on the THIRD train that came and Colleen and I were crushed against the door (next to a man who smelled rather awful). Eventually we made it to the station and took a bus home. For dinner chicken kebab for Emma and Colleen and Lamb Curry for Adora and I! Yummy! Mars bar ice cream bars for dessert! Now it's 12:02 on Saturday morning (we really should go to sleep!) 
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Madeline on

I really liked this one... not knowing what time zone you were in. It sounds
like you are really getting to see lovely old London. Sorry the heat wave
has followed you.
Hannah did you see Sammy yet? If not my friend Gillian's phone is on the
bag and maybe you can meet her somewhere & give it to her. It does not
seem like Sam will be able too.
Love ,
Duchess Madeline

Nadia on


Cheryl1 on

Looks like a really fun day. no pictures of Amy?

Catherine on

"Democracy Village"!
I learned something I hadn't heard of happening there - THANK YOU!
About how many tents were there?
From your photo, looks like there were a lot of posters & tents.
Did you by any chance happen to speak to any of those "camping out " there?

From your photos, looks like another sunny day in London!
One can't, or course, see the heat; but today - Saturday - here in NYC the humidity has risen considerably although the actual temperature has dropped a little. It sprinkled down here in Tribeca for a few minutes but feels as though it wants to/should rain hard for a while to relieve the physically felt,
moisture-laden air. Talk about hair frizz - tells the weather story explicitely!

Your photos of Big Ben are wonderful!
ALso, we went to that downstairs cafe in the National Portrait Museum - remember, Adora? At that time, they had large upholstered cushions one could sit on after ordering from a cafeteria-like food area. Is that how it was?
Their sugar for tea/coffee was in tube-like packages; and you could choose brown sugar, as well as white.

Adora, your Old Navy shirt looks good - the reddish-pink one. Nice choice!
I also liked the green one in yesterday's photos. You all look nice, Emma, Colleen and Hannah - comfortable and neat.

Your early morning story was too funny, Hannah. Thank you so much for sharing that! Keep your comments coming! Hope you get to see all your friends. It's wonderful you have a "home away from home there."

Have fun - hope you get some rest, also.

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