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Hello London Goodbye London (to be spoken in British accent)

Written on: Friday April 17th, 2009

A journal entry from: In the spiced Indian air....

We arrived safe and sound in London on Tues morning, flights went surprisingly quickly. That may have had something to do with the little sleeping pill I took.  I also got to watch Marley and Me which made me really miss Java...

 Jennelle and I went straight to my cousin Trevore's flat that he shares with his fiance.  It's in Stratford which is NE London.  We did well getting there on the tube but got a bit lost on the way from the station to their place.  It was mostly due to the blind man who offered his help pointing us toward our destination. Not sure why we listened to him but I guess we thought a blind british man would know better than us. Apparantly not, so a nice homeless man got us going the right way.

 Over the last few days we have used our time to scope out some potential areas to live in.  There are three 'boroughs' we wanted to check out this week: Islington (N), Fulham (NW) and Clapham (SW).  We found Islington much too crowded and too many trendy places to spend money we won't have.  Fulham was neat; a maze of poorly organized, but really interesting streets.  We thought it was ok, but no warm fuzzies.  Clapham was suggested to us by Trevore, and despite many North Londoners saying South of the river is a pile of rubbish, we really really liked it!!  It had nice parks, open spaces (this IS London right?), friendly people, ancient cafes, and a nice (cute) boy who kindly offered to be our first friend. 

Trevore and Ros took us out to this new swanky club to see a local band called The Collective Few. They were pretty good and very "Killers"-ish.  It's very interesting to see all the different types of people that live in London. It seemed this club was full of rich kids and a few token creepy old men. I guess that is too be expected when a cocktail is £24. Needless to say, we got the cheapest bottle of wine on the menu :) None of us wanted to spend that kind of money on a drink.

 The only sightseeing that Jennelle and I did was to see the Tower Bridge. Mostly, we just roamed around aimlessly, and would you believe it that we spent all four days without a map... And we still managed to find our way around.

Tomorrow morning we fly out to Mumbai.  We're spending our last day in London trying to book a hotel for Mumbai, doing a bit of laundry, and seeing our friends Geoff and Jaime for dinner (they kindly shipped our things along with their stuff when they relocated).

 

From Terri on Apr 18th, 2009

It sounds like you are having a great time already! I miss seeing your face downtown but I am so happy for you that you are on this adventure :) Looking forward to reading more! xx

From Ange on Apr 21st, 2009

I lived in Clapham Common and LOVED IT! ~ only crap thing was that the Northern Line was always down on weekends, but once you figure out buses and distances, it really isn't that bad at all. The parks are great in the summer! :o)