One Extreme to another.

Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
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Trip End Dec 13, 2012


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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    London London London..... This is my first real time I would be visiting Europe ever.  I have been to North and South America, Africa and Australia, but never to the continent that inspires so many and has shaped much of the world as we know it today.  I am kind of sitting on the fench about what I will think of Europe.  I know each country is very different from the next, but it has never really captivated me enough to make me really desire visiting it. But....how can I do a world tour without visiting it.  I was to visit London mainly because I was heading home for a breif week for my cousin Shawnt and his bride to be Lorine's wedding and to visit some fo Sue's family as well.   Our first few days were nice and sunny, which is quite out of the norm for London as many of your know.   We went out to do a few of the main tourist attractions that are must sees while in town.  We took a bus tour around the city which is a great way to see some of the many many sights there are to see here.  For me, I was a little overshwelmed.  I was coming from Africa.  London  has an amusement park touristy feel to it that I had no experienced in a long time.  After almost 3 months in Africa, it was almost too much of a change over night.    I was hard to fully appreciate all the fine things that London has to offer.   Don't get me wrong, London is a fantastic city but I think my mom put it best, "The things that London is great at, are just not for me."     But I also didn't want this to ruin my time here.  We did the mandatory visit to the London Eye.  It is a spectacular view of the city.  The boat ride through the middle of the city was just as nice.  We visited the Sherlock Holmes pub for lunch one afternoon, which is apperently where the actual Mr. Holmes used to frequent.    Personally, I just really enjoyed walking around the city and seeing how the massive city worked.  It's kinda of funny, becuase the thing that impressed me the most about the whole city, was the Underground subway system.  You can go absolutley ANYWHERE on it.  I am used to the extremely basic subways of Toronto.  North, South...East West.  When you sat and looked at the route map, you would have to scratch you head for a few moment, and ask what train would take you where.  Luckily, I had downloaded an Ap for my Ipod, which would give you set by set directions on how to get to your destination.  If not for that....I think I would still be sitting on the tube somewhere.     One day, we also set aside time to meet up with a friend I had made in Brazil, Amit, who was from UK to give him some of the pictures I had taken of all of us on our final day together.  It was nice to see yet another travel friend again.  We were also very graciously hosted by Sue's family there.  I would like to personally thank them for putting us up, and help with all the arrangements of shuttling us around.  They were all very kind.      After this short visit, I my destination was to be a place that I had not visited in a long time.  Home......    
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