London - the tourist
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One of the questions people commonly ask Hannah and I once
they hear we came from New Zealand is "why did you leave!" The
question really highlights one fatal flaw of travel - you never seem interested
in what is immediately in front of you. Few people in New Zealand could say
that they have properly experienced their own country. Hannah and I certainly
didn't. When we see tourist brochures of NZ and hear people talk about what
they would like to do there we have to step back and smile and nod. We havn't
climbed the alps or gone skiing at Mt Hutt. We havn't gone on the wild food
festival or sailed out to Stewart Island. We could say that we've 'done'
Auckland but who wants to boast about that?!
What I was trying to say, however, is that people never seem to explore their immediate vicinity.
Even without going out of London, however, there is so much to see and do. Although it has taken us 5 weeks to have free time on weekends (thus far the time has been used to set up house; shirts, ties, pants, water purifier, mugs, bedding, etc), we are finally there and are able to spend some time going around looking at things.
There is an abundance of old and ageing things in London. There are a profuse amount of statues everywhere; some of them older than New Zealand. You can see a lot of these at the Embankment. As well as statues there seem to be old churches scattered frequently throughout the city. Although the regular attendance is very low at most of them they have a lot of history behind them. The church we are attending in Queen’s Park, for example, has about 30-40 regular members yet it has been blessed with not just a pipe organ but also a grand piano. The building is over 100 years old and is aging very well.
Anyway, now that Hannah and I can use our time for exploratory endeavours I will be able to get more photos and give you a better rundown of what is actually going on.
Till next time. :)