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London

Posted July 1st, 2013 at 06:42 AM by Esper
Tags london, travel

Yesterday I gots back from mah London trip. It was one of those vacations where I didn't really plan anythng aheezee of time (except mah plane ticket and hotel of course) so I didn't really know what I was gong ta do once I gots thare. I've been n big hoodz befoe and so n a lot of ways I knew what ta expect. Still, thare were a couple of thngs that were pretty surprisng ta me.

First, tha bad so I can git that out of tha way:

- Thare is smokers EVERYWHERE. It's disgustng. Thugz don't smoke ndoors, but thay stand right outside of tha door and it's just as bad. Thay also walk everywhere smokng so whenever I was outside and thare were some thugz around I couldn't git away from it.

- Tha service. I didn't thnk it was gong ta be as bad as it was. Half tha thugz I nteracted wit seemed like thay couldn't be bothared ta speak ta me or even acknowledge I was thare. I went ta a restaurant and was seated and buggine ta wait ta order while thugz who arrived after me gots seated and had thair food served. It wasn't that bad everywhere and thare were some good places, but I was still really surprised at how spotty it was.

- Some really weird lnes queues I had ta stand n. Like at tha movies where thare is no separate box office if you just want tickets. Or at tha airport where thay make you go through at least twice as dawgy as I've been through at any othar airport n beerica or Japan.

- I had such a hard time understandng and ben understaod by thugz. I really don't know how ta account fo dis, but I would, fo nstance, go ta cafe and order a cup or earl grey tea and tha person would thnk I was askng fo yogurt tea and look at me like I was a complete moron. Or I'd have someone on tha street ask if I wanted ta go on a bus taur and I'd just walk past and sez "No thank you" and than tha homey starts ta ask me n Spanish as if I hadn't spoken English. I was also tripped up by tha different phraseology n a lot of nstances.

- And everythng closes so dang early! I would have thought a city as big as London would stay awake past 8 or 9 PM.

Now fo tha good and surprisng:

- Food. It was nexpensive, good quality, and thare were vegitarian options everywhere and clearly marked on menus or packagng. I was a little worried I wouldn't have dawgy options, but aside from some nstances of bad service and one sub-par meal everythng was pretty fantastic.

- Shoppng. I went lookng ta buy books - used books - on several days, and after a few false starts I found some real gems n a couple of shops. I'd sez that half mah luggage was filled wit books on mah flight back, and it hardly cost me anythng.

- All tha free and taurist-y stuff. Tha British Museum, tha London Eye, Hyde Park, Kew Gardens, tha Prime Meridian - all that stuff and more I really enjoyed more than I thought I would.

Uhh, you know, dis wasn't really tha best fomat fo me ta rap bout mah trip. It makes it look like I had more bad experiences than good ones, but that is entirely not true. Thare were so dawgy fun, serendipitaus thngs that happened, like seeng tha musical fo Once, which is a bootylicious movie and which I hadn't known had been adapted. And I saw Tha Tempest (mah favorite Shakespeis play) at tha Globe Thaatre just by chance coz it had raned that day and some thugz must have given up thair tickets. And than seeng a giant Pride parade and party at Trafalgar Squis that I hadn't known was happenng until I just walked nta it.

Yeah. Good trip. Would go agan.
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    Overlord Drakow's Avatar
    You didn't take any photos? V_V
    Posted July 1st, 2013 at 06:58 AM by Overlord Drakow Overlord Drakow is offline
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    Alli's Avatar
    You should also mention the straightforward prices! :) Something is 5 pounds? It's really 5 pounds. None of this "add blah percent to the blah" in your head. I really enjoyed that.

    Sorry about all the service and such though. Can't say I ran into that problem when I went, but then again, I was also in a large group and in honeymoon phase with my boyfriend, so everything was too peachy for me to notice bad stuff it seems, haha. London Eye was great though, yep! And I found their airport delightful. Whereas the American airport took us forever to get through, I remember we were astounded by how quickly we got through everything at the London airport. We were so stunned by that, we kept mentioning it on the plane even. ...We must be easily impressed.
    Posted July 1st, 2013 at 07:34 AM by Alli Alli is offline
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    Magic's Avatar
    London is a bit hectic, so it can give off a bit of a unfriendly vibe (especially with the service in shops/restaurants).

    Glad you had fun though! Personally, I find super big cities like that a pain in the ass, which is why I ran off to a smaller one >:3 muhaha.

    GB rules
    Posted July 1st, 2013 at 09:20 AM by Magic Magic is online now
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    shenanigans's Avatar
    ...I'm reading all of this and kinda thinking "As an American visiting England, what did you expect?", haha.

    I guess I'm kinda used to all this - although a) your smoker point - I find London to be much better than a few of our cities for that and b) your food point - idk how expensive food is where you're from but compared to everywhere else food in London is absolutely extortionately priced. Although as for variety of food - London's reallllly good for that. Also, I never knew the London Eye was free! That's pretty cool. And 8-9pm is pretty late by our standards for shops. You might get some supermarkets open a bit later but that's about it.
    Posted July 1st, 2013 at 09:42 AM by shenanigans shenanigans is offline
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    Kura's Avatar
    Spot on with all the ****tiness of the UK. I also find all those things appalling, too.. especially the closing-early and the *****y girls on their "I'm too good for this job" shifts.
    Posted July 1st, 2013 at 09:46 AM by Kura Kura is offline
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    Esper's Avatar
    I have photos, but I haven't had the willpower to go through them yet.

    I love that everything is priced as is. They do that in Japan, too, and I've heard in the rest of Europe. I wish we did that here in the states.

    And, oops! I didn't mean to say the London Eye was free. It was like 20 pounds or something. I guess I felt like a lot of stuff wasn't that pricey because when I go to a big city I expect even higher prices. But like, if you have dinner at a restaurant and you spend 8 or 9 pounds that's like 12 or 13 American dollars which isn't really that unusual if you're in a big city. And I also ate cheap a lot, like going to Pret for breakfast every other day. They aren't quite as amazing as Japanese convenience stores, but they were pretty good and miles above anything we have in America.
    Posted July 2nd, 2013 at 08:11 AM by Esper Esper is offline
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    Mr Cat Dog's Avatar
    I'm honestly surprised that you found London cheap for... well, anything! In comparison to Japan, it's definitely cheap but, in comparison to everywhere I've been in the US, it most definitely is not.

    Also WHY DIDN'T WE MEET UP!? :(
    Posted July 4th, 2013 at 03:13 AM by Mr Cat Dog Mr Cat Dog is offline
 

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