I just got back from a 4 day weekend in London and it was the best time of my life so far! It started with getting there! Three other girls and myself set off on Thursday morning at 8:45 to catch our 9:22 train out of Bangor. The morning came pretty early since we were out until 2 the night before. Wednesday nights are big party nights here in Bangor apparently. Thats ok, I survived! We made it down in plenty of time to catch the train. The trip down was very uneventful since we just had to sit there, no train changes woo hoo! As we got closer we began to discuss how we were going to get from the train station to our hostel. We really had no idea what we were doing and that was I'm sure very obvious. A fellow passenger overheard us chatting about how we really had no idea how we were to get from Euston train station to an area by Hyde Park called Bayswater. So he helped us out by explaining we should get on the Victoria line on the underground to Central line and get off at Queensway. Sounded pretty easy, but he was talking to a few "stupid Americans" as we kept calling ourselves.
We arrived at Euston and we were off. We bought some handy dandy Oyster cards that a friend suggested we get to make our experience on the Underground easier. The card is an electronic swipe card you can keep refilling with money so you don't have to get a ticket every time you get on the Underground... worked pretty slick. Needless to say, after we started our trek to the middle of the earth (or so it seemed) I was getting a little nervous! We just kept going deeper and deeper and it just kept getting warmer and warmer. We finally stopped in a crowded and dirty tunnel. The wind was blowing out of the tunnel and the sound just kept getting louder and louder and just like that a train came shooting out of the tunnel in front of us! We boarded and off we went. It felt like we were going 100mph and just like that we had to get off and jump on the central line. And again before we really started we were at our stop... I thought at that point I could get used to getting around so fast!
|My cubbie for the weekend|
We checked into the hostel and found ourselves in a room with beds on top of beds. For 3 out of the 4 of us, this was our first experience with hostels so we really didn't know what to expect. We were given a piece of paper with tape on it to claim our spot and 2 sheets to make our bed with. So we scrambled around looking for an empty bed. I found one and taped my name to it so the cleaning crew wouldn't clear my stuff out. We made our beds and decided we had enough of the hostel already! We wanted to see what the city had to offer.
|Amazing chocolate cake|
|Having fun while shopping|
So I should try to get some sleep since I have a full week of classes ahead of me. Stayed tuned for day 2 in London!