Crazy London Town

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
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Monday, August 14, 2006

After getting a nice old tan in the Caribbean it was time to move on the London to visit some friends I hadn't seen for a very long time and also catch up with some I had recently made on my travels.
An old friend from school, Louise, was extremely nice to offer to put up with me for a month and had the added bonus of living in Chelsea, a rather nice area of town where you often see ridiculously expensive cars cruising the streets and great cafes, retaurants, clubs and shops to help you spend your hard earned cash.
Arrving in the best summer the UK had had for a long time, I quickly settled into my new home and Louise's room turned into a war zone with the enjoyment levels of not having to live out of my backpack sky rocketing!
My first two weeks were spent catching up on the internet, finding a nice park up the road from Louise's house where I could top up my tan, seeing friends and wandering the streets of London, day and night, with a few friendly pubs and pints thrown in for good measure.
The long summer days were perfect to grab the paper and a coffee and listen to some music while everyone else was working. I also planned these days around meeting people for their lunch breaks (thanks Helen) and seeing a few more sights. Having been to London before, I was not on a mission to get into every musuem or famous historic building but rather to hang out and have a great time with friends.
One of the days was spent in Oxford with Kate, who I met in the Caribbean. She was keen to show me where she came from and a little bit of the English countryside, that you're not able to see stuck in London. It was certainly a fabulous place to visit and I found out why it is so talked about, with its beautiful universities and quaint steets.
Another weekend was spent going to a music festival in Regents Park called Fruitstock where I got to see Arrested Development, a band from the 90's, with two sisters Kate and Hanna who Pauly, our Katie and I met in Ecuador. Cheers girls.
On the same day as I was eating at my famous restaurant called the 'Slug and Lettuce' with Shregan, I got to see an Australian band called 'The Beautiful Girls' with Louise. So I was very happy with that day, even if my head did hurt a little the next day. Thanks Lou! haha.
Soon enough it was time for my brother Sam to arrive for a wedding in London of an old friend of his. We then had the next week together with another one of his old friends from school in Australia, Jo. We caught up and headed to Bath (to relax in the famous Roman Baths) and then headed up to Leeds where we went to see where Jo lives and also saw a fantastic Abbey. Unfortunately it was all over too quickly and he had to head home. Although we did have enough time to get a small group of friends together and make a night of it at the pub! Certainly was awesome to catch up after 8 months of not seeing each other.
As quickly as Sam had come he was gone and the next day my best friend from our school days in Saudi Arabia, Walid, was also in town for a wedding. It had been 10 years since I had seen him and from the moment we caught up, it was like school had been yesterday. We spent the next week enjoying London's wonderful night life both with its awesome restaurants and then clubs and bars and if we had enough energy the next day we made a trip to the park to enjoy the good weather.
It was then time to say goodbye to London and head to Denmark to say g'day to the place again after 8 years and surprise my Danish host mum for her birthday. Thanks everyone for a classic time in London!! Really was a fantastic month.
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