Ok so I'm finally back in the good old United States
I was supposed to be back on Wednesday but because of weather delaying flights and mass chaos at LaGuardia we didn't get a flight back until tonight. The trip was unbelievable though. London was a blast, we got to see everything we wanted to and there was definitely a lot to see to say the least. We were staying only a short walk from the Buckingham Palace area and Hyde, Green, and St. James Parks (I believe the name is St. James
), right in central London... it was a perfect position. We basically walked everywhere, we ended up taking the subway only once to the Tower of London, but we enjoyed getting out in the city and seeing everything on our own. We actually walked all the way from the Buckingham Palace area past the Thames River and to the London Eye, and even farther to the Imperial War Museum. The Eye was sweet, it was as good as I'd heard it was, and the War Museum was unbelievable. The museums we saw there were fantastic- we also checked out the Natural History Museum (which was in a beautiful building, btw), which was neat, the British Museum with a cool mummy exhibit, and my favorite, the Churchill War Rooms. I am not usually a museum person but in London I became one. We also hit the Tower of London where we took a tour, Westminster Abby, which I found to be amazing considering it was built hundreds and hundreds of years ago, and we saw the play Spamelot, based on Monty Python, and that was absolutely hilarious. I don't ever go to plays but this one was great.
The highlight of the trip was the cricket match we went to see though at the Oval. Surrey vs. Middlesex, a rivalry game between two bordering counties. I'd never seen the sport before, and I knew nothing about the rules or anything. But I picked up pretty quickly and I was actually into it by the end of the game when Surrey hit a walk-off (but I don't think they call it that
). I won't say I like it better than baseball because my main problem with it was the intensity level was pretty low until the end, but it was definitely a cool sport to say the least.
The food was good everywhere we went, and I thought the weather was nice. It rained everyday but that's London for you. The temperature was in the 60's and 70's the whole time, making it easy to walk everywhere. I thought the coolest thing was all the people were friendly for the most part, and it didn't have the feel of a huge city at times. I just liked the whole set up of the city and I thought the tradition with Buckingham Palace and the guards was really special. And also, they drive like madmen over there. It's awesome to watch because people drive fast and make decisions a lot faster than here it seems. But they are smart and they aren't jerks on the road like we are here in America.
Also, we walked right around where the bomb threat was today. Pretty scary to think about, I would have been scared to say the least if we were still there, but it's great to see the British Police are on top of things. I felt completely safe during my stay and it was a shock to see this happen today.
And oh yeah, I saw The Artful Dodger Pub. Obviously named after a Cafe Member.
"Oh, that Lankford and McGee, the trio of 'em. They're a one-man wrecking crew."