Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Some Things About London

I have been in London for a whole week now (!!!), and so I guess I am qualified to tell you guys a few things that I have learned so far.

Thing 1: London is gorgeous. I'm a complete history nerd, so I am so excited to simply walk down the street and see all the ornate old buildings.

THIS is the street that I go to school on:

And THIS is the Natural History Museum:


Look at all the pretty! :D

I just love walking around in London; I'm used to NYC, which has a completely different feel to it. London feels much more open and airy (and clean), like it spreads outwards forever instead of upwards forever.

Thing 2: I still do not fully understand English traffic. There are NO STOP SIGNS here. And yes, everyone knows that they drive on the wrong side of the road, but that didn't really hit me until I was trying to cross the street for the first time. I'm being super super super careful about that.

Thing 3: All the outlets have switches on them. I discovered this initially at the hotel, when my laptop wouldn't register that it was plugged in even though I had plugged it in, and I realized that the second switch by the outlet wasn't for a lamp that wasn't working, but for the outlet itself. Unfortunately, when we got to our flat, we did not realize that the refrigerator was plugged in but not, in fact, switched on. So we accidentally froze some apples and tomatoes and things. Whoops. Made for some pretty good tomato sauce, though.

I feel like I had more to say, but my brain seems to be shutting down for the night. I've gotten over the jet lag, of course (jet lag is eeeeeeeeeeeevil) but still, the time change does seem to have set me into a wake-up-in-the-mornings and go-to-bed-really-early schedule. Not sure how much I like that just yet; we'll see.

There'll be more London stuff ahead, I assure you!


  1. Lovely pictures! I haven't been to London in years and I'd love to go back. Enjoy your time there and I'm looking forward to more London stuff.

  2. Oh you are living my dream trip. Thanks for sharing I'll be checking back to eat up more on London.

  3. If you think London feels clean, you should take a trip up to Edinburgh or the Scottish Highlands some time. :) (Cheaper than London, too!)

  4. I'm so glad you are having fun! London is gorgeous. Out of all the places where I've lived, I'll always have a special place in my heart for it. I think I sent you a list of Museums that you must visit, but also go see the parks. Hyde Park, St James, Green Park, Kensington Gardens. They are amazing, and since you are going to be there through Spring, take loads of pictures! :D

    One thing you should be careful is to not jaywalk. Always cross at the pelican crossing. Cars ALWAYS stop for pedestrian, unlike over here. It's the safest place to cross. Most streets in the center have the whole Look Right, or Look Left written on the road, where you are meant to cross, look out for those. It takes a while for you to get used to it. :) Keep us updated!!