It’s funny what you find while packing… I found my journal from my first (and only) experience abroad. I was 18. It was the summer of 2005. I liked emoticons. Join me on my journey! I promise to stay true to my written word, for better or worse!
~Friday, July 8, 2005~
1:25 PM (London time!!)
Here we are! We took the train from Paris at 10 AM—the Chunnel, unfortunately, was just a dark tunnel that made my ears pop. 😛 But the trip only took two and a half hours, and London time is an hour earlier.
My first impression of London is that everything is bigger. I got used to the tiny rooms and streets of Paris, and now London’s size seems very large! The subway (excuse me, underground) was very modern and had high ceilings, and our hotel seems very American, with a much larger room—with a tub! And tea service all set out. In comparison to Paris, there seems to be much more of a mixture of old and new. In Paris, there was one skyscraper and it looked horribly out of place. And Paris isn’t called the “City of Light” for nothing—all the buildings were made of light-colored stone, and here it’s much more varied which doesn’t create any overall color.
Uncle Brad is downstairs now, making reservations for tours and the theatre. From Evans and Evans, we plan to go on an all-day tour to Stonehenge and Bath. Our hotel offers package deals of private bus, three-course meal, and choice of several shows for a night. My first choice is Phantom of the Opera (: O!!!) [I was obsessed with the movie version that had recently come out], second: Les Miserables, and third: Chicago. I can’t even imagine seeing any of these on stage… !
We’re only here for 3 ½ days (today being the ½ day)—we leave on Tuesday. But this is going to be so much fun! I don’t know why, but I’ve been slightly favoring London in my mind when thinking of this trip. I’m glad we had more time in Paris, though—it seems to be the more picturesque of the two cities.
I think I’ll see what’s on the telly (heehee)—it’s so nice to know the language!!
10:20 PM (London time)
The tour is scheduled for Sunday, and the Phantom of the Opera Monday night. : D! Our hotel is in a great location—right down the street from the underground, and a side street of loads of restaurants and shops.
We ate lunch around 2 PM at a traditional English pub—I had fish and chips, even put vinegar on the french fries, and got carded at my first pub! 😛 I forget if you have to be 16 or 18 here. I didn’t drink anything, though. I just have no desire to.
We took a double-decker to the British Museum (Uncle Brad nodded off a few times, which I didn’t notice because I was looking out the window, so we missed the stop and had to walk a few blocks :P). The British Museum was opened late tonight, but many sections were closed—Uncle Brad thinks it might be because staff hadn’t come in because of the “Incident” (as the underground announcements call it).
The British Museum was amazing, though. We looked at a few exhibitions, and saw a 3-D movie and showing of an excavated mummy. There was also a Reading Room and a pretty vast collection of King George’s (one of them—maybe the III) library. It was all pretty amazing—but so, so much, like all the museums we’ve visited.
We had some tea and a brownie before the Egyptian exhibit, so when we left the British Museum at 8 PM we weren’t hungry. We came to the hotel and looked around some—they have a gym, a swimming pool, a few restaurants, and a garden with a creek. They also had public internet in the lobby, so I emailed my family and some friends. Uncle Brad paid more money for internet time, so while he was still online I went to the gift shop and bought some postcards. Uncle Brad says it takes about a week for mail to get to the states—so people will probably get my Paris mail Monday or so, and the London postcards probably after I’m home again.
It’s almost 11 PM, 12 PM Paris time, and I’m pretty tired. So good night from London!