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Chantel Ens’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 02 Oct 2004

Location: London, England

MapHere we go . . . Four weeks into my stay in England and I am writing my first entry! You will have to excuse any typos since it is getting late here and I've had a busy weekend- which I will tell you all about.

First of all, Lindsay and I left yesterday morning and boarded a bus in Wareham at 7:50 (actually, it was two minutes early). From there we had a three and a half hour ride to London! As soon as we arrived at The Victoria Coach Station Lindsay had to use the washroom (sorry Lindsay, now the whole world can know!). Anyway, it was the strangest experiance. Not only was it a unisex washroom you also needed to pay £0.20 to get in! My theory is 20p to pee . . . but never mind that, I think I was tired.

From the coach station we walked over to Buckingham Palace. At first we thought that the whole thing was a let down but as we continued to walk we realized that we were in the back of the building! Good thing we figured that one out!

After taking pictures in the front of Buckingham Palace we walked over to Westminster Abbey which was playing that cool church music . . . You know, the kind they play in movies after the princess gets married . . . I am pretty sure they play it in Cinderella.

Not far from there we saw the Parliment Buildings which had all these people crowding around and some big processional with all these guys wearing long grey wigs (eww). We still don't know what that was! And of course right next to the Parliment Buildings we saw BIG BEN! Or rather the tower that holds Big Ben, but whatever. That was great, I've always wanted to see Big Ben- it's in all the greatest movies, like the ones with Jackie Chan!

Ok, so from Big Ben we walked to Trafalgar Square. We didn't do a whole lot there . . . hmm, we ate at Pizza Hut though!

Let's see . . . after that we took a boat cruise down Thames River. That was neat. It took us from Embankment Pier down to Tower Pier. On the way down we went by the London Eye, London Bridge ; ) and this other bridge which I can't remember what it was called that was built by all women (go girl power!) and then we ended up at Tower Bridge.

Once we got off the boat we wandered town to a train station where we sat on a train for a total of about 4 minutes before hopping off at Limehouse Station and then we walked a few block to our hotel- Holiday Inn Express Limehouse. It was so nice and so cute! The pictures were just like they showed on the website. Definitely a nice hotel. Ha, we even took a picture of our room before we messed it up! We didn't spend much time in there, we had about an hour to get ready before we took off again . . . !

This time we hopped a bus down to the theater where we watched the musical of The Lion King. I never realized how many times I have seen that movie . . . I must have picked up a lot of it when Delten went through that phase where he watched it every day because I could recite the whole movie. Anyway, it was a great show, I got pretty tired near the end but it was definitely worth seeing!

When the show was over we jumped on another bus to our hotel where we went straight to bed, it was a long day!

Now for today . . .

This morning we had a great breakfast! I think I ate way more than I should have! They even had real cheese there! Well, mild stuff, no more of this crazy gross strong cheddar cheese. Oh, and their cheddar cheese is white, it totally throws me off.

Today was a series of getting on and off a lot of different buses, thank goodness we bought a day pass! First of all we went to The Tower of London, which I learnt, has twenty towers. We spent about an hour and a half there. First we followed a tour guide and then we wandered around a little taking a bunch of pictures.

We went on to take more pictures at St. Pauls Cathedral. Unfortunetly it is getting worked on so half of it is covered in plastic stuff. But it was still neat to see.

After our picture taking was over we meandered down a freaky street to their markets. The stalls were so crowded though that we didn't even end up buying anything.

Then we once again took off . . . this time to the famous Oxford Street. We had planned on doing some shopping but the streets were more crowded then I have ever seen streets in my life! I am sure that there was the same number of people on that one street that live in all of Saskatchewan, or at least Saskatoon. As we were walking about it started to rain, and as we were getting all drenched we just decided to hop on the first bus we saw since we wanted to get out of the rain. We ended up taking a bus that took us to a very creepy part of London, so we got on the next bus that went the other way. Oh! Peter just came down here and said that Oxford Street is the busiest street in the world . . . Imagine that, that would explain a few things! Anyway, back to my story!

After we got a bus going the right way we took it to Westminster Abbey and from their we walked 45 minutes to get to Victoria Coach Station where we got on our bus back to Wareham!

And that was my adventure in London!