Out and about Oxford Street, London

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YHA Earl's Court at sunset... thank God the fire was internal and the facade is still the same

You could land on a shuttle from the moon, you could fly from New York or Dallas or you could simply return by train from Oxford to London...but arriving in London is always something special. The pandemonium in Paddington, the gazillion TV monitors with latest status on trains, the smell of all the coffee shops scattered around the place, it's just too much. On a side note, I had no idea that Krispy Kreme had opened in London. It was a bit disturbing for me somewhat to see the gradual Americanization of the place. Not to mention that Kreme is expensive in London too - GBP 1.30 for an Original Glazed? Hello??!!

Anyway, I dropped my backpack off at the YHA and headed to Oxford Street, just me, my camera and my iPod.

Carnaby Street - once notorious, now a clothes store haven

I wandered around the street and nearby areas, did some window shopping and rather than taking pics of the landmark buildings, I thought I'd take some pictures - past and present of stores I've visited. On my way home, I picked up some M&S to go and had dinner in the kitchen. I met some really amazing people during dinner. One person was a freelance "Neural Linguistics" professor that conducts Leadership classes for budding entrepreneurs all around Europe, another person was a French/Spanish/German translator for the UN who had spent 14 years in New Caledonia with her son before heading to the UK, and was currently staying at the YHA whilst looking for accomodation. Again, very impressive!

When I got back to my room, it was full! All 6 beds, including 2 heavy snorers. So I had to do all my packing using the little nightlight provided in each bed by one's pillow. Although I really didn't have much packing to do. So here I was - one day into my UK trip, all set for Penzance the following day!

To read about my trip to Penzance and nearby areas, please visit my blog England (Cornwall) May'08

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