Greetings from London!

16 May

We are here and we are safe! Exhausted, but safe! We sort of slept on the flight, but we’re struggling to stay awake long enough to go to bed at a reasonable time here. We lost 5 hours I think. We were given dinner and breakfast during our flight, which was awesome. The airport was surprisingly empty, so we made it through customs in about 10 minutes. We had a small heart attack when our luggage didn’t show up on the belt, but we found them over by the info counter. Apparently they came on an earlier flight. So glad they weren’t lost!

The subway and train system are really easy to navigate. We bought a day pass for the London Underground per the suggestion of a nice lady working there. It was about a 2 hour trip from the airport to our hostel. We took the stairs instead of the escalator with our back packs on once. We realized this was a poor choice, as our legs were on fire.

The hostel worker was kind enough to let us check in a bit early. We are in a room that has 8 beds. So far, we only have one other roommate. He is a Romanian DJ. He needed a nap, so we haven’t talked much. This place is really clean and everyone has been so nice. There is a full kitchen in case we feel like getting groceries to cook. Free wifi. Very helpful staff that gave us a map and pointed out some places to visit.

We went back out and took the subway up to the Liverpool Street station. Here, we purchased a ticket for a ferry that will take us from the UK to our next stop in the Netherlands. The ticket includes train tickets from London to the port in Harwich, as well as a ticket from the Hook of Holland to any Dutch train station. We are leaving Friday night, and on the ferry we will have our own cabin with a bed for each of us and our own shower and bathroom. Excuse me, toilet. This ended up being a great deal because we are getting transportation and a room for the night all in one.

We did some casual walking around today. Picked up some cheap Indian food from a take away for lunch. Accidentally walked in the flight path of a few pigeons. Everyone thinks Montana is French for some reason and they try to speak French to her. We don’t get it.

I’ll post a couple of pictures from today. We are planning on doing a lot more sight-seeing tomorrow. We’re just too tired today. This afternoon is for laying around and planning out tomorrow.

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Tomorrow I should have more interesting pictures and things to talk about!

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3 Responses to “Greetings from London!”

  1. Caleb Davis May 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM #

    I’m so jealous of you all. Montana una belle déesse françaises. Keep posting updates!

  2. Broekemeier May 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM #

    Looking forward to vicariously enjoying your trip! I am working on a grant re-submission and will appreciate your posts as good mind breaks.

  3. Tiffany Akers May 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM #

    Haha! I can just see Montana’s expressions when someone approaches her speaking french! I love it!! Keep updating and have fun girls!

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