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So... I'm in London!

Hi Everyone!

It's been ages since my last post but I decided to squeeze in another trip before starting college (or uni as it's called here in London). I was in London for about a day and half. I arrived pretty early in the morning so I spent the day walking around the area I was staying in. I stayed in Soho which has lots of nice shops and beautiful buildings. It was also pretty close to the main tourist destinations which was nice. My first night I was planning to go to bed early when one of my roommates came back. We ended up talking for a while and she suggested we go shopping. As soon as we left we found that all the stores closed early, as it was Sunday night, and a holiday weekend. We ended up walking around for 2 hours! We saw Picadilly Square and Chinatown. As we were walking around Chinatown we saw a man exit a shop with a strange looking dessert. He told us it was the bubblewrap waffle cone and that we "had to get it whilst in London". I'll do my best to accurately describe it. The waffle cone was like bubble wrap but made with waffe, and it was filled with two types of ice cream, fruit, and white chocolate. There was a long line at this place and usually I'm not one to wait in line to get the "internet famous" foods but the girl I walked around with convinced me since apparently it was the thing to do in London! My roommate was really cool and I enjoyed walking around with her. It was nice to have company but she also pushed me to go outside my comfort zone and try new things. Since she was older, she talked to me a lot about what clothes I should try especially when heading into my early twenties (I can't believe I'm saying that). Heres some photos from my first day, and please enjoy the fact that I am posting pictures OF MYSELF! Something I have not typically done and am not usually comfortable doing.

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Day 2
I got up early because our hostel offered free walking tours at 9:30. I got to the lobby early to find out that the tour had already left! Me and another roommate tried to catch up but we couldn't find them. We met several other girls from our hostel who were also looking for the walking tour and together the five of us formed our own tour group. We went around to the major tourist sites via google maps and it was a blast. I got a lot of negative reactions when I decided to stay in a hostel in London but this was exactly the reason I wanted to stay in a hostel. It gave me the opportunity to see the city with other people, rather than alone, and to make friends, even if we had only spent a day together. We saw: Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, Big Ben (who was under construction), Westminster Bridge, Palace, and Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Here's some pictures from these places but they don't do it justice.

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In the afternoon I met up with a friend, Charlie. I met him when I stayed in Thailand and he lives here in London. We hung out for a few hours and I got to meet his girlfriend and her sister. I also got to experience traditional English pub culture as we pretty much sat in a pub along the river for much of the afternoon. I opted for an early night as I had a train to catch the next morning.

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Posted by Ilana'sGapYear 10:52 Archived in England

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So cool!!

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