Just Touched Down in London Town
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May 21st, 2009 – by: reger1520
Once on board, I realized that, even though I travel often, I had never been on an overnight flight by myself. I was worried I would sit next to some 400 pound man or someone that snored and drooled everywhere. Luckily, a cute blond sat down next to me. See seemed pretty nervous so I decided I’d break the ice considering I would be sleeping next to her.
Then came dinner. My neighbor, Lauren, woke up and we both ordered the pasta. All we needed were candles and we had a perfect blind date going. We began talking and shared travel stories while we ate. She is staying in London for the week to visit friends and hails from Ohio. She was young, I’d guess mid to late 20’s. As for the food, it was terrible. Some sort of over-salted super processed cheese tortellini, a salad (aka four leaves of lettuce and a cucumber), some crackers and cheese, and a packaged brownie. Needless to say I had a stomach ache when I went to sleep.
I normally can’t sleep on planes but I somehow managed to get a solid five hours of it in and woke up for breakfast (which consisted of a rock hard bagel and a banana).
I have read many travel stories and it seems as if one of the more important things to do while abroad is to try to blend in and not act like a tourist. I think I did a pretty decent job this morning. I bought my tube ticket, put on my ipod, and acted as if I was a native Brit. The only thing giving me away was my massive backpack.
On the tube, I began to people watch. About 10 minutes into the ride, a rather large man sat across from me and whipped open a bag of chips. I noticed that the design of the bag was the same as the "Lay’s" bags in the US, but instead of saying “Lay’s”, they were called “Walker’s”.
I took the tube to Hyde Park where I am sitting right now. The weather is perfect and I feel pretty well rested. I don’t have any plans for today except stop by a grocery store to get some food and then go check in to my hostel. It’s going to be quite a hike to the hostel because some of the tube workers are on strike which results in the station next to my hostel being closed today. Overall, it’s been a great start!
I spent the rest of the day meandering from Hyde Park to my hostel in Pimlico.
Now most people in my situation I’d imagine would be nervous that they would get lost in London or get their wallet stolen. My biggest concern was losing my hostel virginity.
The room I am in has 6 beds made up of 3 sets of bunk beds. A pillow and sheets are included as well as a shower and toilet. The simplicity is perfect. The showers are clean and hot and the bed is reasonable. It is definitely worth the $20 per night.
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