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London, England

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 17 October 2009 | Views [425]

So I left Edinburgh by overnight bus and arrived to London yesterday morning around 7:30am.  My first thought was yes, it's rainy, typical description of London but that's fine, at least it was predictable haha. Checked into The Clink hostel near Kings Cross St. Pancras station, it's pretty nice here actually, probably the funkiest hostel I've ever stayed in.  This place is a 200 year old court house converted into a hostel dormitory; everything is still intact from the witness stands to the prosecutors stand.  The original placards are still on the walls, and I'm currently sitting in the T.V room which is where all the proceedings took place.  It's pretty cool here.  

I really needed to get some sleep in but not before I took the 3 hour walking day tour around London.  Yes we saw all the sights, the Buckingham Palace, Westminster Chapel, Big Ben, the changing of the royal guards, etc and more.  Took a nice two hour nap (much needed!) at the hostel and prepped myself for a night out into town. 

One thing that I have to note about London is that, and I have often said this about other cities, but this city truly does remind me of a giant version of Boston, it's true ! It's not comparably socially by any means but the landscape and some of the architecture really does look like Boston a little bit.  I guess perhaps I miss Boston just a tiny bit, I think about it quite often.  I want my bike back. I don't want to carry my crap around all the time now that it's becoming colder.  I think once I'm in in Berlin I am going to plant my feet down for a while and just unwind, allow my batteries to recharge. 

Another thing I've noticed about London, and especially last night, is not everyone here is totally open to Americans stepping foot into their territory.  No hostility at all, I've just heard comments about Americans being here, and not nice ones at that. Oh well, to be expected I guess.

I love it here nonetheless.  Gotta go now, bye.

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