Not Madonna in London

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Two weeks in London is not long enough to get over the habit of mentally doubling the price of ever item you see for purchase. Even at the Camden Lock Market, known for its kitsch and bargains, you'll find yourself asking if that fifteen pound shirt is worth thirty dollars. It's cute. Come one, it's just downright adorable. It has a skull on it, with a pink bow. But the answer, more often than not, is no. So here's a few helpful tips when your traveling to the UK and you don't happen to be Madonna.

First, prepare before you ever leave the U.S. Europass tickets are cheaper stateside. If you plan a day trip to Bath or Canterbury, it's worth buying a week long pass before you leave. Similarly, exchange money in the American airport and not when you get to London. You'll get a better rate. Second, go on and enjoy speaking with your terrible British accent. We're American, first of all, and if anything should embarass us,'s not going to be an accent. Though, seriously, Madonna, what are you thinking?

Third, if you plan on travelling around the city, Just Tube It. And buying a week pass here will also save you money. Last, tell your buddies that they aren't getting souvenirs. Complain about the exchange rate, tell them about that nice shirt you didn't buy because it cost thirty dollars, and let them know you're going to need all your cash for the pubs. If they're real friends, they'll understand.

By Christine Rosakranse

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