Paul & Justin in London
Sunday 19 March
Woke up shortly after 9, Justin got up, showered and ran down to grab English Breakfast which I was okay to miss. Traditional English breakfast had eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, beans, and a stewed tomato. Weird indeed.
We began our first real day in London by walking around toward St. James Park (thanks to Aline we had a street map). Walking down Pall Mall in St. James Park, we saw people lining up along the sides of the road, watching some soldiers in their funny uniforms march from their barracks. We thought that we were watching the beginning of a marching-band competition, but had stumbled on the changing of the guard. We followed the new guard down the street to Buckingham Palace and watched the old guard make its way back to the barracks.
- We headed across the park and walked past Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. We cross the Thames and looked into buying tickets for the London Eye, but they were sold out.
Walking back to the Hotel around 2PM, we went off in search of cell phones and email. We stopped in the Nokia store and found out we could rent cell phones for our SIM cards, but the cost was high and we stuck with calling cards. We went to EasyEverything, a store where internet access was quite reasonable (30 mins for £1 during the day, and 6 hours for £1 after midnight.
In the afternoon we were to meet Justin's friend Deborah at a Haagen Dazs in Leicester Square. He hadn't seen her in 5 years, and we saw a blonde waiting in front of the ice-cream shoppe who was very unattractive. She was holding her cell phone in her hand. We ducked into a phone booth and called Deb's cell phone. If the ugly girl picked up the phone, we could've disappeared into the crowd in the Square. Luckily, it was not her, and we went back to waiting for Deb in front of Haagen Dazs.
After meeting up with Deb, we walked toward Covent Garden and went to a Starbucks so she and Justin could catch up.
- Dinner Sunday night was at Garfunkel's, one of a chain of restaurants that we saw all over London. We walked into SoHo after dinner, but most everything was closed because it was Sunday night. We had a couple of beers in a corner pub that was full of locals. We then went and walked around more of Soho/Picadilly and had a relatively early night. British word we learned today: trainers is the word for sneakers. We also learned that EasyEverything is the best place (see photo at right).
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