The Metropolis of London

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
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Trip End Oct 01, 2008


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Friday, January 11, 2008

     After over 8 hours of delays I finally arrived in London on January 2nd. My friend Afton and I stopped over there to visit my sister who lives there. We took the subway from Heathrow airport to central London- which was an interesting feat given all the luggage we had. It was almost a blessing that Air India had one of my bags (side note: although I would say Air India is even better than Air Canada! It was like being in India! I think we were the only white people on the plane). Most of my luggage was in a huge 190cm bag that contained two pairs of skis though. This was both a blessing and a curse. This way I had most of what I needed but it was one heavy bag! It looked as if I was carrying around a dead body. After nearly tripping many tube customers we finally got to my sisters flat. It is a beautiful flat in the old wharf district with interesting character- they only have a good view during high tide when the water washes and duck and swans float outside their building, otherwise it looks like a dump.
   On the first day we visited the museum of Natural Sciences which is housed in a beautiful building. The great thing about London is all the fabulous free museums! On the second day we visited the Hunterian museum which is a collection from a surgeon of the 1700s. On display is an amazing array of preserved body parts of both humans and animals from all around the world. Included is a skeleton of a 7'7" Irish giant! This was one of the most interesting museums I have been too. Afterwards we headed down to the Borough market to feast on so wonderful food and visited a wonder cheese shop. Finally we couldn't leave without visiting the British Art museum and Camden market where you could find a gift for anyone. 
   The morning Afton and I departed for Norway, although this time we didn't have to navigate the tube or deal with delays. We cruised comfortably to the airport in a "people mover" provided by my sister and her husband (thank you!). A people mover by the way is simply what North Americans would call a mini van.   I wasn't as prepared as a tourist as my friend Afton who took many more pictures than I did: www.flickr.com/photos/9002059@N05/
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