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Excellent! I checked my e-mail and I still have 16 minutes of computer time left!

Yesterday was extreme jet-lag. Opera Queen and I arrived around 9 a.m. London time. We met a nice girl doing her second backpacking gig and she gave us some advice (such as a place to see in Greece!). Then we played in the tubes (subway) to get to our hostel, Orient Espresso. One thing that kind of bites about that hostel is that it is owned by the hostel down the street, St. Christopher's Village, so we have to walk here to use their resources (such as the "Chill Out Room" and reception). Otherwise, no major complaints there. We haven't met many people yet, but the people that we have appear quite friendly.

And for today, we hopped on a tour bus, The Big Bus (original, eh?), and went around London. We spent a huge amount of time at the Tower of London. And for those as ignorant as myself, there are actually 20 towers. *shakes head* Okay, so I am a foreign idiot. We managed to walk into a free tour, which the commentator told us about the various towers, who was prisoner and beheaded there... you know, the run-of-the-mill stuff. *grins* As well, crown jewels baby! Sparkly, sparkly.

From there, we hopped back on the bus and headed over to Westminster Abbey. The stain glass windows were amazing. *sighs* Alas, no pictures. More dead people to look at, but since it was all kings and such, the displays were impressive. As well, they had a "Poet's Corner" where there were memorandums found on the floor (inlayed slabs); such as Dylan Thomas sticks in my head right now.

And our third major stop was at Madam Trussaud's. For those who do not know what I'm babbling about, it is amazing wax works of people. For example, I thought I bumped into someone, and when I apologized, it turned out to be a striking resemblance to Tom Cruise. Many, many pictures taken there... everyone from Brad Pitt (with a squeezable bottom) and Brittany Speares (with a heaving bussom) to George "Dubya" Bush, Shakespeare, and James Bond (Pierce Bronson). Good stuff!

To wrap things up, there is one observation that opera_queen and I have made that is slightly disturbing.... There are Starbucks absolutely everywhere! I kid you not. We saw about 3 McDonald's, one Subway, and more Starbucks than I could keep track of (hey, no cracks about my memory). In the shopping areas, there were literally no father than 3 blocks apart. Come on now! People used to joke that Starbucks were everywhere, but I had no idea.... *crosses eyes*


May. 16th, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
Starbucks and Internet Cafes
So have you seen anything on that there other continent other than Starbucks and Internet Cafes? For crying out loud, girl, you could have seen that here and saved your money! (ING anyone??!!) Or given it to me, you know, to buy my house. You know you waaaaaaant it. (Cheese Wiz, in case you were wondering.) Anyway, safe travels around those Starbucks!

PenGirl (I watch TOO much TV)

PS House has been in the paper since Wednesday... only one viewing so far.
May. 16th, 2004 02:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Starbucks and Internet Cafes
To let you know, we are now in Amsterdam and the Hienikens have taken over! (What can i say, people like beverages?)