The Adventures of Kyle McKenzie
Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
24Trip End Dec 27, 2009
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Where I stayed
Globetrotter Inn (No Facs)
The English are a decent bunch, no one ever offered me a cup of tea though, so they lose a few points. A shout-out to old ex-pats in Bill, who we pretty much spent half our time in London hanging out with. He works at a bar, it was a good situation for everyone. Ah, many stories can be told of the adventures that were had, the pictures are good enough though. Except there is no picture of me sleeping under Bill's bed, mostly cause his room was so very small and we're too cheap to pay for a Hostel the whole time in London. On the road compromises must be made!
London has awesome public transport, probably the best in the world(I'm typing this from Paris, so we've used quite a bit now)! It might not sound "fun" but you spend a month and half using the US public transport (if it exists and NY excepted)! Supermarkets are fun too! Another thing America seems devoid of, the ability to actually buy food that wasn't purchased under golden arches was wonderful.
London was full of a million things to do, we only did a little and saw a little I guess, but I'll be back one day. The best things we probably did was Stonehenge plus Salisbury Cathedral tour and going too see the authentic English version of "We Will Rock You", yep it was damn awesome. Funnily enough we booked both of those things at Harrods, possibly the world's most extravagant and expensive store. The tickets were actually cheaper than what the Hostel was charging and we got tickets 5 or so rows from the front for a measly 25 pounds! Don't expect to buy much else there though, (except maybe the food when its half off near closing, delicious) any store that sells fossilised dinosaur eggs and mammoth tusks is somewhat above us commoners.
The British monuments and museums were also cool. Just don't visit the British Museum if your hung over, it was so incredibly massive. We went to visit the Queen, she wasn't in, her house is pretty swank though. She has some pretty cool other stuff to visit as well, like the Tower of London. We didn't see any ghosts, so I don't think we truly experienced it. We also went on a adventure to Abbey Road. The planning phase pretty much consisted of a bar wench that worked with Bill pointing us in the general direction. I say bar wench in the most loving way possible. We probably should have went before we meet up with Bill at work and he gave us a few pints of the ole British Ale. But hey we had to do something while he was closing up shop. Taking pictures on the crossing even at night is hazardous, I can't even imagine what the day is like.
The Not So Fun:
I didn't get to eat at Ramsey's, it was just a bridge too far, and 100 pounds too dear. British shops charge in pounds what we might pay in dollars. Ouch. They also charge to use the toilet...actually so does all of Europe and a lot of the Middle East, that we saw!