Location: London, UK
From the extreme cheapness of Thailand to the extreme prices in the United Kingdom. We arrived in the airport early in the morning and it took about an hour and a half to get through, after this we had our first experiance with the tube, which is a real easy and quick way to get around London.
We got stuffed around at our hostel, where we had to wait until almost 3 to get checked in. Johnno and myself were like zombies by then and we slept for like 14 hours straight. The hostel was ok, the staff were not really kean on helping us at all. We did meet some good people there though.
We found a house in Shepherds Bush, which is quite big, sharing with 7 other aussies. After this we set up our bank accounts, which we had nothing but dramas setting up, a process which takes 3 days turned into 3 weeks. We both found jobs and started last week. Johnno is working in a gym doing sales, while im working in a car parts head office in Wembley. I cant see myself staying their too long, its really stressful, the company is really unorganised and the training has really been myself teaching myself how to use the system.
So thats the boring stuff out of the way.
London has a great nightlife and i guess daylife.
One weekend was spent catching up with Johnnos camp friends, who all turned out to be great blokes and a few of them could really rival the great Brenton Thornton in a drinking contest. I dont know where we went out, but the bars were really cool and we ended up at some nightclub which was huge. We also caught up with Rox and Shelly from Bendigo that weekend too, which was great to catch up on everything thats going on back home.
Sunday was meant to be a recovery day, however we caught up with Chad and Will our housemates and they showed us a few places to hang out. Eventually went ended up in a drunken state at a Fried Chicken place bargaining for a feast. Funny times.
Then there was grand final day. We got up at 2am and cracked our first can and chatted to the boys back in Bendigo on Skype for a couple of hours. We then headed to the local Aussie pub and wacthed the big game. We stayed there till lunchtime where a bunch of kiwis were having a blast taking photos with Johnno who was sound asleep. haha.
Then there was the weekend just gone. Johnno and myself had planned to do a big bus tour seeing all the sights on Sunday. We decided to head to Fulham, grab a bite to eat and a couple of quiet beers. Well we went to the pub and there was a promo of 6 pound snake bites. Turned out it wasnt a quiet night and the bus tour never happened the next day, but we did go look at some sights.
So far we have seen London Bridge, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace which have all been awesome. We plan on doing that tour later on though.
I think ive settled in pretty well. Will and Chad our housemates have been really really great to Josh and myself, without them im sure it would of been a lot harder starting out here.
Thats about it for now...
Oh yeah Johnno and I got tickets for the ashes next year!!!!!!!! First test day 2!
ive spent the last 2 weeks in thailand and its been amazing. tonight i head off to the uk for the next part of my journey. for a majority of the last 2 weeks i spent my time in koh samui, which is one awesome island. its got everything from nice beaches, great food and great nightlife. during our stay there we enjoyed the odd night or 3 enjoying ice cold beers, especially the towers from ark bar haha, buckets (which are bad news) and a few shots. at the ark bar there were these kids whom you paid to play connect 4. if you won you got double your money back. i can safely say josh and myself have put that kid through college after our attempts at beating him!
we hired a motorbike one of the days and i thought i was doing a pretty darn good job, thats until i sorta crashed into a parked car in the parking lot! so from a day of hiring a motorbike which costs 7 aus dollars it ended up costing me about 60 aus dollars. but im still in one piece so i cant complain to much.
another day was spent on a safari tour, which was pretty cool. we visted temples and, an animal farm, where we rode an elephant, a waterfall, went to a hilltop resturant, some gardens in the mountains and visited the buddah. it was a really cool day and allowed us to see more of the island.
the resort where we stayed was top notch, the pool was amazing, the brekkies were huge, although i pretty much stuck to what i normally eat back home. it was quite an awesome resort. josh and myself even hired a paddle boat for an hour one day and we paddled out to a small island from the resort. it looked an easy task but it most certaintly wasnt.
we met some really great people on our travels. some great bokes from hamilton, who we spent a lot of time with (and a few towers as well), as well as others from the uk, australia and france whom we all got along with really well.
on friday we arrived in bangkok and to be honest its not a place im in a hurry to come back to. josh and myself sat in a tuk tuk for 45 mins only to travel anout 1.5ks! its a really dirty over populated place. yesterday we discovered the mono rail and that makes things so much easier to travel around in. it was so hard to find somewhere to watch my beloved magpies play, so i ended up in a net cafe listening to them thump the crows. HOT PIES! we later discovered a place which shows afl, so we watched the cats smash the saints there today.
anyways best be off. i better head and get ready to head off to the uk. our plane leaves at 1am and we arrive at 7 there time.
exciting times ahead.
looking forward to hearing from you