I don't know where to begin. It was fun getting to tour London like a local. My dad was on a one month pastor exchange with a pastor from London, so they lived in each other's houses. I flew to London, dropped my stuff off, then slept a minute or two before leaving for my flight to Germany. My flight back to the UK was actually during the early morning, so I had plenty of time to spend in the UK my first real day, followed by 3 additional surreal days. Some of the highlights: -I got the dead skin cells on my feet eaten off by fish. Perfect timing because I had just sunburned my foot from walking on really hot sand for a catering event and, let's just say, fish food was all over my foot.
-I ate at Wagamama twice. It's a sit down fast food joint. It is fast food Asian flair food. I'm not even sure which country it's from. Is there a country called Delicious?
-Two people used my nipples to take a body shot. First time that happened. Last time I'll ever hang out with them. -I met some amazing people in London. My favorites were by far Marc Wardley and Bernadette Choong. They're my people! I met them body shot night and hung out with them at a wine bar on the last night. We're still in touch.
-I went to Evensong at St. Paul's Chapel where not ONE person sang. Weird. But the pastor pronouncing holy as ho-oo-lee totally made up for it. -I had the largest meringue I've ever had! Meringues are big in my family, especially because we make them so well, so this had a LOT to live up to. It was good, but it was no chocolate chip meringue.
-I went to the Camden Market TWICE! It had so many great crafts! I'm mad I didn't buy more! I'm going to go back with more money next time. SO much great stuff and such neat places!!
-I stayed with my dad and stepmother. The whole point was that my dad was on a pastor exchange. It is because of them I visited. It was so great seeing them and so much fun getting to stay at a HOME in London.
-After a night out in Austin, my favorite place to go was Taco Cabana. In new York, it's all about that Crack Pizza. In London, they love McDonald's. I went inside and I about went deaf from the noise. EVERYONE goes to McDonald's after the bars.
-The Notting Hill Carnival happened while I was there. It was a huge multicultural parade and festival with drinking, drumming, frolicking, talking, etc. It was really cool!
-Also, unbeknownst to me, the weekend I was there was a bank holiday. That's the equivalent of our Labor Day, which meant that the night before I left, a Sunday night, the clubs were still very busy. Foam party! Yay!
-G-A-Y at Heaven bar was amazeballs! It is so unfortunate that there are no bars in NYC that are like G-A-Y. It is such an eclectic place. Everyone is welcome there. While the one word to describe NYC clubs is 'sex', the word in the UK is 'fun'. It really caught my attention. Totes jeal.
-The tube (what they call their subway) is a lot more organized and understandable than ours is in New York. Great signs, clear communication when the underground isn't running, subway timing displayed, prices based on distance, not per ride, etc. NY could really take some notes from them.
-Cars drive on the other side of the road. You won't get it until you almost get hit. Twice.
-Those fucking night buses. Kill me now. I'm NOT going to miss them.
-Bernadette, I don't care what their excuse is, the tube should run 24 hours/day. Lame.