Minding the Gap and Hanging in London

Well, I finally made it!  I'm still not quite sure how I got on that flight on Thursday, but all that matters is I'm here now.  My luggage didn't make it, but that just took an afternoon before the AA guys showed up at the hostel with it.  Whew!  Now, I feel like I can finally get back on track with the trip.

So far so good in London.  For being so tired, I racked up quite a list for the day:

  • Rode the tube and "minded the gap".  I messed up my Oyster Card a few times (apparently I paid for the person ahead of me) but all is well.  
  • Got totally confused by the driving on the left side thing.  Same thing goes for biking and walking...thank God for the signs on the street that say "Look to your left/right", good call!  I also lost myself finding the hostel the first time because, as Kristen pointed out, streets aren't too clearly marked, although if you look hard enough there are signs on buildings.
  • Ate a picnic lunch in peaceful Hyde Park right be my place.  LOTS of dogs (plenty of which wanted my food lol)
  • Checked out Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.  I even paid the money to go in and see the inside of the palace (no pictures or queen though).  It was pretty awesome, and it's only open for a month during the year.
  • Went to SOHO to see the trendy area. 

When I got back from all my running around, my bag finally showed up, so I was finally able to take a shower and get all my stuff, what a relief!  I watched part of "The Shining" and "Inglorious Bastards" with a crew of people in the common room.  I haven't really had a chance to talk to anyone yet; mostly because I'm dead tired and there's been nothing but movies playing haha. Every hostel is different, and it's only been a night.

I snuck out and grabbed some fish and chips along with a pint for dinner.  MAN, that's a lot of food they give you for 10 pounds!  Now I'm back and writing to y'all.

I'm not sure about tomorrow yet, I kinda would like to go with someone rather than by myself.  I mean, seeing a bunch of sites is cool, but it's the little things that make a trip fun.  I definitely need to read all the stuff at the hostel first, since there were some free tours and others things that I could've done, but it happens.  I think I'll head to the market tomorrow, and then off to the Tate and the Tower of London.  If I get a chance, I'd like to see the Globe, but that may not happen.

We'll see, it's only two days in London and then I'm off to Amsterdam, so things are a bit rushed, but I'll make it work.  Talk to you guys soon!


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