08.08.2009 20 °C
HOLY man. Wait, did I start my last post like that too? This place is nuts. Absolutely nuts. I get home (well not home, but to a home I'm staying at!) and am absolutely famished, usually have a headache, and just want to drink away the stress of the day. Yesterday I got up early and went on a Hidden London walking tour with London Walks. It was really good. We went to a few different churches, saw the Monument, walked down Blackfriars, learnt about the past trades of London that are still present today, etc. etc. Good tour, the guide even sang a few songs, which if anyone knows me, makes me feel awkward! I hate it when people sing at innapropriate times. Anyways, besides the point. After that I went to the Portobello road market, which was really good! Apparently not that big on Fridays, but big enough for me! All I bought was an old cameo pendant, but I love it.
Next I made my way to the Tate modern, where I proceeded to frown and make faces at random art that seemed either pointless or just plain strange to me. I just don't get art. There's not a fiber in my being that understands it, so I don't try to! There were some picasso pieces there that were pretty cool, but some of the stuff was just strange. OH on my way to the tate I walked through the filming of "Get Him to the Greek", a movie coming out next year, and they were doing a scene on one of the cafe's on the River Thames, and I saw Russell Brand, in the flesh! So cool! He was like RIGHT THERE! Brittain is just full of famous people! So that was pretty cool, first celebrity sighting for me! Besides my good friend PC, of course! But he's more royalty...
Anyways next I went to Oxford street, or attempted to anyways. I only got to one shop and everything was closing so I just headed back to Woking. Very long day, but got most of what I wanted to do done. Duncan and I drank cider and wine and chatted until 3 am, so I pretty much passed out when I got to bed after my marathon day!
This morning I got up and made my way to the Wellington Arch for a New London tour that was aaaaawesome. They always are. These are the free tours where they work for tips, so they're really entertaining and informative, and they tell funny stories and really work for their money. It was a royalty tour so we went through Green Park and St. James' Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminister Abbey, Big Ben, the houses of parliament, and a bunch of other important sites and monuments. So in this tour I got to see the rest of what I wanted to see in London. The tour guide was really funny and Irish, and she told us stories about break-in-attempts at Buckingham Palace, and scandals that have taken place over the years with the British Royalty. Quite cool. Also saw where Prince Charles and Prince Harry and William live, who are apparently both dating our tour guide! In her dreams anyways
After the tour I made my way to Liverpool street, on the lookout for Spitafields market. I asked for directions, and was led to Smithfields market, like way far away, so that was lame. Then, I thought I'd check out a different market, so I got all the way down this sketchy Indian county of London just to find out it's only on Sundays! Then I went to Baker street to go to Madame Tussauds wax museum, and the line was at least a half an hour long, so I just came back to Woking. A long day of mostly not getting anywhere, but that's what you do in London! I could have stayed near the Parliament, but the crowds were unbelievable, and I felt claustophobic and squished constantly; it was just too much. Now I'm gonna paint my nails and chill out for the evening, and off to Brighton tomorrow for a little day trip!
OH and by the way, I think I got a TAN today it was so hot and sunny out! Very nice.. made getting lost all day not so bad at all