11.03.2009 - 15.03.2009 10 °C
Trains in England are awesome. I sit here typing this in nerdly heaven - with laptop power, free WiFi, free cups of tea, a table and two seats to myself. The girl across from me and I have been playing cards for most of the trip. I've been losing.
The rest of my London stay has been a little lower on the level of tourist activity. I mean, I spent one afternoon just shopping at Sainsbury's, the English equivalent of Coles. You know you're a little bored when you notice that the varying beeps of the checkouts sound like a game of Pong. Necessary shopping though - I was whipping up my (now) world famous "two-jar" Spaghetti Bolognese to pay my rent!
That's not to say I'm bored of traveling, far from it! It's just that I've been spending my time booking the next few weeks of my holiday and meeting people. I didn't realise how bloody long it takes to book two weeks of accommodation and three flights! I'd hate to think of pre-internet days. I'm sure you're not interested in my fun-filled travel administration afternoons, though. Long story short, I'm currently on the way to Edinburgh (I've now learnt that it's not spelt "Edinbrough", as I have spelling it up to now), then after six nights I hop over to Dublin, and after another six Guinness-fueled evenings I jaunt over to Barcelona to meet up with Alan, a very good friend, to sleep slovenly on the floor of his hotel room. Looking forward to it
Like I said, the other half of my time in London has essentially been getting out and meeting people - in bars, walking around London, watching football. I've now got a "UK" group in my phone with seven numbers in it, so at least I'll have a bit of a social springboard for when I get back. Admittedly, all but two of those people are Aussies from Newcastle! I'm definitely NOT going to use the phrase "It's a small world".
I've done a few touristy things too, though. I went to an exhibition at the Museum of Natural History, purely to see a work that portrayed an "invisible" Tardis. I wandered around "London's Larder" - the Borough Markets, sampling fine cheese, chocolates, meats and seafood in the culinary hotspot that Jamie Oliver shopped in for The Naked Chef. I attended the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square, watching a free festival featuring all-Irish artists, including a band we thought were The Wombats, who turned out to be The Blizzards. Oh well
This week will be my first week of staying in a Hostel, too. So that'll be another notch in the traveling belt. We'll see if the laptop survives the ordeal! Lucky I have backups and travel insurance
This blog was brought to you by the number three - that is, the number of free cups of tea I've had sofar. I should probably keep a lid on it from here on in. No pun intended.