Round The World Trip: London

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After settling in our room and Dani going over the safety procedures (you know, "lock all your belongings, don't leave anything lying around" type of rules) we migrated downstairs to the common area. I quickly discovered why hostels work.

(Clearly it's not the sleeping arrangement- as I experienced moments ago).

It's the social setting aspect of it. The being amongst people who are just like you. People who want to discover the world and are eager to connect and share stories. This is what staying at hostels is all about.

I have to say, being around that type of environment got me even more excited for the next few months.

After about an hour of chatting with a few people, we headed back to our room to finally rest. After all, the next day would officially be the first day of our much-anticipated Round The World trip!

Hello London!

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Thankfully the language was not a barrier for us yet, so getting around was a breeze.

The first thing I wanted to do before exploring more of the city, was to take the infamous red telephone booth picture. I know, such a tourist move, but hey, it's a London must!

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Since we were still recovering from the jet lag, we didn't plan too much for the first day. We just wanted to walk around and enjoy ourselves without cramming everything at once.

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How cute are the cabs?
How cute are the cabs?

After walking around for a few hours, we decided to take a stroll by the Thames River, which is located in an area called Southwark. It was the perfect place to people watch and grab a bite to eat.

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I'd never eaten fish n' chips before, so I was excited to finally try it. And what better place to do so than in England.

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After dinner, we wanted to walk a bit more before heading back to the hostel. We took a moment to stop and admire the Tower Bridge. Unfortunately, it was too late  for us to take the tour inside but from what I hear, it's highly recommended.

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The next day, we were fully recharged and ready to take on this beautiful city.

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Besides fish n' chips, red telephone booths, and double-decker buses, what else comes to mind when you think of London?

Big Ben of course!

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I'd like to point out that London is known to be gloomy. It's rare to have sunshine last throughout the day, so the fact that we managed to have perfect weather the whole three days that we were there, is unheard of.

So thank you London weather for being so good to us!

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Obviously, we wouldn't dare to leave London without saying Hi to the Queen, so next stop was Buckingham Palace.

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Wish we could've stayed longer in London, but our wallets were begging us to get out of there as soon as possible.

Because boy oh boy is it expensive! Easiest way to describe it, is to take your $100 bill and automatically cut it's worth in half.

Yikes, not pretty at all. But thankfully, the city was. I hope to return one day and discover more of what London has to offer.

But for now, it's off to our next adventure.

Paris!

I'll give you a glimpse on how we got there.

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Confused, intrigued, scared?

Good, so was I.

Posted on August 1, 2014 and filed under Travel.