In other news, I spent a night in London this past weekend. It's just over an hour ride by train from Canterbury. We had a rather appalling stay at a hostel near King's Cross that felt very much like a prison cell. The room was teeny tiny with 3 three-tiered bunk beds and a bunch of skeezy looking older men. One of the men had the loudest snore.
We didn't do any museums, which was a bit of a disappointment for me. But I was with a girl that wasn't into the idea of museums and there's nothing worse than going to a museum with someone who's uninterested. I'll definitely be going back to London on a solo trip/with my roomie so I can do all the things I want. And take my time to take photos. I often feel rushed to take photos or to not take photos because I don't want to feel like I'm making people wait. We had a visit to Camden Market which was overwhelming simply from the sheer size. Every time I thought it was going to end, there was another corner that opened up into more stores, more food, more art. You could easily spend an entire day there. I'm also glad I didn't have much cash on me because I probably would have bought a lot of nonsense.
We did tourist things the next day: Big Ben and the London Eye. I would have liked to go inside Westminster Abbey, but it didn't work out. The London Eye was really amazing, but I'm not sure if it was totally worth the steep price. I'm not afraid of heights, but as the London Eye rises, it's a little nerve-wracking. It's such a slow creep- it's almost an imperceptible climb. But before you know it, all the people look tiny and the green park at the bottom looks like it's part of a miniature set. The view from the very top was really vast and enough to make one feel like a teeny speck in a teeny pod on a tiny wheel.
What I learned from this trip: Never plan a last minute trip without some specifics planned. I ended up spending more money than expected and eating at places that were not top-notch. I'll not make the same mistake twice!
Your Broad Abroad,