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2004-05-04 - 6:38 p.m.
I'm currently in a net cafe in Trafalgar Square, right in the heart of
London. After I last wrote, I went back to the hostel and met a bunch of
people who were staying there. The main people I hung out with were a 19
year old guy from Oxford in his gap year, 2 sisters from Melbourne
(originally from England) and two girls from Denmark. I didn't really do
much more sightseeing in my last two days in New York, although I did walk
around Greenwich Village which was cool, more cafes and Uni students and an
Indie kind of feel (it's also where Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix started
The nights were another story. On the first night we went to a very trendy
looking bar called Lotus, and stuck around 'til it closed at 4am. The second
night we found a pub that played all the sort of music that I like and after
that found a club with similarly decent music. By that stage it was just me
and the English guy, but then I met 4 other people just as he was going home
(or getting into a cab with a girl) and I hung out with them until the sun
The upside to staying up late (and still having to be out of the hostel by
11am both days) was being able to sleep on the plane from New York to London. It was an overnight flight (only 6 hours though) and I got into Heathrow at about 8.30am. I caught "the tube" (that's the London underground for those who don't know) to Tara's station, which was easy enough, but then managed to get lost trying to follow the directions to her place, and ended up on Abbey Road (only finding out later that it was *the* Abbey Road, but I didn't cross any pedestrian crossings anyway).
On Easter Sunday I went to Church with Tara and Tristan- well, "The Church"-
a gathering place for Auusies, Kiwis and South Africans were much irresponsible drinking and rowdiness goes on between midday and 3.30pm. We
were well behaved of course. Then we stopped in at a couple more pubs and
had a quiet night in with takeaway and a video. You need a few of those.
On Monday Tara drove me up to Liverpool (well, she had work to do up there
but it was still very much appreciated :) and after catching up with my
friend Mel from Uni in Nottingham, we got to Liverpool and headed straight
for the Cavern Club (where the Beatles played 292 times as they were on the
cusp of greatness).
On Tuesday I did the Magical Mystery Tour of Liverpool, getting my photo
taken at Penny Lane, the original Strawberry Field (a children's home) and a
bunch of other places. There is also an enormous Anglican Cathedral which I
went to the top of and I finished off the day with a Ferry Cross The Mersey.
The next day I did a tour of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood
homes, which are owned by the National Trust and are done up 1950s style. We
drove back to London Tuesday afternoon and I that evening I had a few pints
with an old family friend.
So today and yesterday have been my London sightseeing days. I saw Big Ben
and the Parliament building, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the
changing of the guard, Trafalgar Square, the recently recreated Globe
Theatre (which is supposed to be as close as possible to the one that
Shakespeare's plays were first performed in), the Tower of London (including
the Crown Jewels), Greenwich (another cheesy photo of me with one leg in
each longitudinal hemisphere) and St Paul's Cathedral (where I couldn't
resist climbing to the top of the dome, all 400 odd steps).
So tomorrow I head to Amsterdam, and then Paris on Tuesday (if I ever get
around to booking a train ticket). Stay tuned for more zany adventures....