I’m not even daring to look up when I last posted something in my Travel section of this blog because it is embarrassingly long ago. Anyway, I went to London with bestfriendboy over my Pentecost weekend. I mean, I FINALLY saw London! Seriously, it seems everyone of my friends and their grandma have been there except for me but no more!
As could be expected, I had a great time and it was also kind of geeky, mostly because I planned it like that, muhahahaha.
We started our tour (well, bestfriendboy had been to London a couple of times before) at Buckingham Palace from where we walked through some of the parks until our feet hurt and we got hungry. We had a lovely time chilling by The Serpentine in Hyde Park and ended up eating lunch in the Inner Circle of the Regent’s Park. Lovely places and I’m pretty sure The Serpentine is one of my favourite spots in all of London.
Later that day, bestfriendboy also endured my standing in line for over half an hour to get my picture taking at Platform 9 3/4 because OBVI. Unfortunately I had a whole group of Americans in front of me and they were taking ALL THE PICTURES. And then a freaking group picture. Ugh. Also, the father almost broke the installation when he jumped on the rail, the cart dislocated from the wall and I would have been pissed had he really broken it. Other than that, I almost went to Hogwarts, almost. It wasn’t time yet.
We ended out first day with typical tourist pictures at Big Ben.
Saturday started with rain, I mean, it was about damn time, we were in England after all. I wasn’t too sad since we went to Piccadilly Circus to go into Europe’s biggest book store. Again, because of reasons. The afternoon I spent watching Wicked. Another FINALLY! I missed seeing it when it was shown in Germany but seeing it in London had the perk of seeing it in English and since I can sing that soundtrack up and down in English, it would have been a shame hearing the songs in Germany anyway. So the musical was amazing and I would watch it again anytime soon. No regrets at all.
On Sunday we went to the Tower Bridge and watched tourists being tourists for a while. We also swung by St. Paul’s and abused the free wifi at a Starbucks until it was time for our train to Stevenage where we met up with one of my friends from Sweden. She lives in England and we both were studying abroad in Växjö. It was great to see her again after almost 4 years and to meet her lovely daughters. This also had the advantage of getting to relax for a bit because as much as I love exploring a new city, it gets tiring at some point so meeting up with locals and just hanging out. (And can I also say that it feels really cool to have friends in other cities you can just causally visit? Because when we were again walking to our train at King’s Cross it hit me how awesome this is.
On our way back to the hotel that night I accidentally ran into the TARDIS that’s located at the tube station Earl’s Court. I knew it was there but we took a different exit than the other day and it was suddenly right ion front of me!!!!! I had no idea you would almost fall over it once you exited the station there. AMAZING!
Our last full day was spent exploring Greenwich and the Royal Naval Academy. It’s gorgeous there and I didn’t mind at all reading in the shade with the River Thames and Queen’s House in front of me for a while. There is also a very cool tunnel from the beginning of the 20th century where you can walk under the Thames. It was refreshingly chilly down there.
Before we left, I dragged bestfriendboy to 221 b Baker Street because of geeky reasons.
I’m very grateful betsfriendboy went with all my geeky outbursts and endured each and every one. London is a great city but I’m afraid it is too big for me. My sense of direction is not the best in the world but seldom have I been this disoriented in a city, even with a map. There were people and tourists everywhere, traffic and more people, I am just not used to this. Funnily, I didn’t feel that way in Berlin at all or I don’t remember it. Of course I would visit London again, mostly because I still have to find that pop-up map. I swear, we looked for one but they didn’t sell freaking pop-up maps of the city. Don’t they know I watched FRIENDS religiously growing up and this is as much part of my geek duty as standing in line by Platform 9 3/4? Just rude!