This morning we got up and sadly found out that we couldn’t go to Wimbledon since they take a holiday on Sunday. We ate at the Bagel café down our street again. Then we went to Buckingham Palace and I must say its a lot more impressive than the White House. Much bigger and the grounds around it are prettier. You enter the gates by coming through a park. After we saw the guards baracades right next to the queens palace. We took another bus to St. Paul’s cathedral and it was really gorgeous. They were having mass at the time so we couldn’t take a tour so the Ahmed’s and I all lit a candle in the chapel. Then we left to take a boat ride on the Thames river. We had a really nice tour guide (who wasn’t officially a tour guide) who pointed out all the buildings and told us a bunch of facts. For example, Big Ben is actually named after the bell inside the tower. It’s named Big Ben because the commissioner was very short and fat and resembled a bell. He also said a big secret of London was that the commissioner first name wasn’t actually Benjamin that was his nickname, his first name was Richard. But they didn’t want to call the tower Big Richard! After the boat ride we shopped at the biggest tourist shop ever called cool Brittania in Picadilly circus and grabbed several gifts from there. Then we saw a man playing the drums really well and some 3 living statues. We took the underground back to Paddington and got strawberries and cream and some macaroons. Then we went to an Italian restaurant, getting the veggie pizza of course! I got inducted into the family by passing 9/10 questions right about cars! Woohoo! (With only a little help from Sara’s brother Ali…Shh…) Got some cheesecake with berries on top and headed on home to pack! On the way home we saw the coolest thing, a street art picture by Banksy! Banksy is the most famous street artist in the world known for living in London, creating controversial and beautiful pieces of art. It was cool that we actually got to see one. The last day day of London was amazing and I know I’m going to miss it! Off to Vienna, Austria next!
This morning we woke up and went to eat at a cute little cafe on our street. I got the tomato soup and it was muy bien. Then we went to take a Big bus tour and got in the top of it. You put your headphones into the seat in front of you and listen to different things about the street and it played some obnoxious classical music afterward. We got off close to the london eye and Big Ben and took a whole bunch of pictures. As we crossed the bridge we got roasted peanuts and saw people playing the guess where the marble is in the cup game. I’ve never seem that in real life before! Then we bought our tickets, went to the restroom (thankfully free of charge) and went onto the London eye. It was pretty altophobic friendly and you could see the entire city. Pretty cool experience! Afterward we ate at this Chinese restaurant where our waiter wasn’t very friendly but the food was really good in my opinion. I had a little meal, about 6 spring rolls but the place had free wifi and that made up for it. We went home on a place that had a real person guide and it was MUCH better. You could actually learn about the different places, we passed parliament, the buckingham palace, and Westminster abbey. When we got back to the hotel we waited for Mrs. Ahmed’s old friend who lives here now from India and her family. She had a 15 year old daughter and she said that she thought our American accents were cool! We ate at a fancy Indian restaurant, yummy! That’s the best thing about eating with the Ahmed’s it’s always do diverse. There were some awkward silences but overall it was a good time. After the dinner we all went to bed and I’ll say we had a pretty great day as always!:)
So today we woke up and got ready for the day. Ali, Sara and I went across the street to Tesco Express, a grocery store and Sara picked up a cinnamon bun that looked like it came from a bakery. We decided that it was too rainy to go to Wimbledon today and so Mr. Ahmed suggested we go to the Tower of London. After that we joined her parents and went to a bagel cafe and I got the Little Italy bagel. It was SO good. It had pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and cheese. Yum! I also ordered tea because you gotta have at least some tea in london! Am I right? Well I wasn’t too impressed with it, it was very hot when I got it and a little before we finally left it had barely gotten cool and I could just start tasting the flavor. Oh well, at least I can check it off my bucketlist. After that we hopped onto the double decker bus (Really cool!!) and of course Sara and I grabbed the seats in front on the 2nd floor. It really is the perfect view of London. The london shops are crazy, while we’re lucky to have an H&M miles and miles away. They have them on almost every street! The same goes for a ton of other restaurants. Starbucks and McDonalds were clearly outnumbered. We had a little mix up and got off the bus thinking it was going the wrong way. Yet we walked over to the front of the National Gallery and took some pictures there. When we were done with that we hopped back on and heading over to the Tower of London! It’s Huge! Before we got in we ate and I grabbed a margharita pizza. It tasted just like New York pizza…Yum. The first place we visited was the Crown Jewels and everywhere you heard different languages. English suddenly sounded very ugly in my mouth compared to even simple sentences in Italian and French. When we were standing in line (or queue as they call it) we noticed a man standing in the royal guard uniform everyone said it was a statue but suddenly (scaring everyone a bit) he swung up his leg, tapped it to his heel and began to march. The Crown Jewels were gorgeous and all 100% real. After we went to the Bloody tower, which was set up like a murder mystery kind of thing to determine who killed the two princes that died there. Then we went to the torture room (😱😫) and went to look out on the centennial bridge (Reminds me of the Olympics last year) Sara and I went alone so we asked a man to take a picture. He replied, Only if you smile and the first 100 pictures are free! Then as he was taking it he yelled cheeseburgers! He accidentally switched the camera to the front and said, Oh who is that scary looking man! Sara and I both laughed and he took a very good picture of us. After Sara and I needed to use the restroom, her dad handed us some money and we both were a little confused. It seems that in London public restrooms aren’t free! How weird! When we came back her dad had gotten us some ice cream and even though we were making fun of eating it because it was so cold out before it wasn’t as cold as I thought it’d be. It was much creamier than cold. Later we went to Oxford Circus and shopped at Topshop and H&M, got a shirt there. Then as we were watching some street dancers, I felt my foot get warm but didn’t think anything of it and then it burned me and I looked down to see a cigarette on my foot. Ugh how gross! That’s one thing about this city, lots of smokers. We headed home and stopped by a Lebenese restaurant. Our waiter was a bit menacing and it took a really long time but the food was pretty much to die for. I got a houllum wrap (Forgive me if I spelled that wrong) which had Lebenese bread, aubergines, hollumi (tastes just like cheese sticks) lettuce and tomatoes. We got up to our hotel and then we settled in for the night. Very good day!:) Bus tour and London Eye probably tomorrow!
The flight up to Europe was pretty killer. I couldn’t sleep very well and it was SO long! We landed around 11 in the morning and soon enough were off to our hotel in Paddington. Our hotel is called Tune and our rooms are actually pretty tiny. The weirdest thing about the hotel is that they charge for towels, they aren’t something that comes with the room! We all took a nap for about an hour or two and then we took off to visit a department store called Herrods. We passed through Hyde Park on the way and it really reminds me of Central Park! Here’s hoping that we visit often! The birds there are ginormous and there are swans everywhere. We noticed that here all the cars are extremely fancy and I’ve seen about 10 ferraris today. When we got to Herrods we explored a bit and it’s full of high end shops (Gucci, Fendi, MAC) and then we got a bite to eat at theirs fancy looking restaurant called Gavin’s. I normally avoid these type of places because usually the food bites and the prices are crazy high yet it was a nice surprise. While the food was pricey the salad I got was very tasty. After we ate we passed another food area and guess what was in the drink section? Bubble tea! My absolute favorite, so of course I grabbed it. The only other thing I bought was from the toy store. (Hint, Hint Kelly and Karah. ) After walking home for a long while, taking dorky tourist pictures, we stopped at a fish and chips place to get some food. I gotta say I wasn’t too impressed the chips were greasy and Sara said the fish was dry. (Also no ketchup just tartar sauce😨Back at the hotel we talked for a while and Sara just fell asleep on me and I might just join her now. Wimbledon is coming up next tomorrow !
Just landed in Dallas, Ate some good margarita pizza at PizzaVino. Now mentally and physically preparing myself for the lonnngggg 9 hour flight!
So as you might have heard I’m going on a trip to Europe with my friend Sara Ahmed and her family! How cool is that? So as far as I know I’m going to London, Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland, Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary. We leave the 26th of June and get back July the 10th for a total of two adventure packed weeks. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post pictures while I’m on my trip since I heard that were going to be with limited wifi. (Pray for me!! Haha..) Though hopefully you’ll bear with just hearing my commentary about how my day went. Thank you guys! Love you all.