From neverending sight seeing to Inebriation - my first full day in London
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May 3rd, 2010 – by: Randylf
Our first stop was the changing of the royal guards at Buckingham palace, which was rather unimpressive in my humble opinion; Luckily, it only lasts about 20 minutes. Next, we headed off to the district of Camden, which is home to London's counter culture made famous most notably by the movie SLC Punk - We also heard that this is the area to partake in the counter culture goodies, so we hopped on the tube and forged on to Camden Market.
We saw all of the usual tourist stops including, but not limited to the London bridge, Westminster Abbey, Leicester Square(shopping and food), the British Parliament, and last but certainly not least, Big Ben. Most notable out of the list was The British Parliament, which was breath taking simply for the sheer scale and massiveness.
For the evening, we had planned on going to a pub crawl that is hosted by our hostel and hits some of the less tourist stricken pubs in the area. There were 13 of us total, which ended up being the perfect size to get to know everyone, and allowed everyone to contribute their unique background and personality to the group.
One irritating side note: London does not seem to understand or agree with the idea of running a tab.
The pub crawl hit 5 different bars, all offering cheap or free drinks to the group. By the end of the night, we had convinced Johnathon from Quebec to strip down to nothing but his sweater vest on the dance floor. Hilarity ensued as we watched the reactions he got from the rest of the pub patrons that began dancing with him. Long story short - we closed the pubs down, and we all ended up extremely intoxicated. We ran across a drunken munchie spot on the way back where I was able to get a chicken sandwich with french fries. Home sweet home. Much of the end of the night and the trip to our hostel was a blur, but I do know we all had a great time and got to know a group of complete strangers while halfway across the globe.
Be sure to check out the video I uploaded from the pub crawl of a round of 10+ Jager bombs knocking each shot into the red bull like dominoes - pretty cool trick and the video lets you get a feel for the atmosphere of the pub.
My closing comment can only be explained by a photo at the end of the slideshow and as broadcast at each stop on the tube - 'mind the gap'
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