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10 Most Awesome Things about London

Last week, I had the experience of a whirlwind trip to London. It was my first time with an extensive time difference (5 hours) and the trip home was my longest travel day ever (23 hours door to door).  It was exciting to visit a non-Spanish-speaking country, although my travel history made it such that I kept thinking I needed to speak to waiters, vendors, and the like in Spanish. So that was surprisingly confusing.

It was a great trip, and I have compiled the 10 most awesome things I saw that I'd like to share with you!
 

High Value on Stillness


It was pretty amazing. Those guards in the big furry hats, hardly moving a muscle. And only once did I ask myself, “Why is this important? Who cares if they move a little bit?” It was pretty cool to watch.


Bayonets


I think you can see in the photo above what I refer to as “the sharp knife at the end of the gun.” I found myself wondering what would happen if a tourist jumped over the rope and ran towards the palace. All I can say is that I really hope I am not touring when they decide they need to use one of these bad boys.


Children with Accents (and Glasses)


I may or may not have spent some of my time riding the subway (I’m sorry… “the tube”) trying to eavesdrop on children. Accents are already awesome. Then put them in the mouths of children. And add glasses (Yes, I realize this is not uniquely English). They are just so adorable! I don’t have a picture because… well… that’s one step over the creepy line, people!

Thoughtful Instructions


It really seemed to me that cars were coming from every direction. I couldn’t get used to the driving-on-the-other-side-of-the-road thing. Thankfully, the British go the extra mile and offer aid:

They also go the distance reminding you to “Mind the Gap” when getting on and off the subway train. “The gap” could be described as a surprising large gully between the platform and the train. But I wouldn’t describe it that way… I’d call it a little extra adventure.

Escalator Etiquette


It was impeccable, friends. If you choose to stand still, you do so on the right. If you want to run up or down the escalator, you do so on the left. I’ve never seen a system work so beautifully. Everyone adhered to the rules. I wish I could help people understand this concept on the US freeways. “Keep Right Except to Pass” means something!

Horses Front and Center

 


You know me… I love horses. But seriously, as long as I am not operating them, I think it’s pretty cool to have them out and about. Just remember… this is serious business!

Starbucks


Yep. The first stop when I arrived was a Starbucks. To be fair, it was an overnight flight and that’s no time to “wing it” when it comes to your coffee. But really, I just like it.

In a sad turn of events, though, I did drop my entire cup on the floor over by that little cinnamon station. That was so unfortunate. And I walked in on someone in the bathroom. All in all, it was not my best Starbucks experience. Maybe this is one of those moments where you say things like “What happens in London…”

I also went to a restaurant that seemed exactly like a Chipotle. Because naturally, when I’m in Europe, I’m searching for good Mexican food.

Bringlish


Well… English and English doesn’t really merge like "Spanglish" does, so I opted for British and English, which I realize really isn’t a thing. But I’ve always had a penchant for language. On this blog, I share a lot of Spanglish, but I enjoyed words like “cheers” and “cue” as I saw my beloved English in a new light.

I also liked the phrase “Mind your head.” But then I started saying “Mind your mind” to myself and laughing inside my head, which really made me feel like a weird, crazy person.

Meat and Chips


You’re probably familiar with “Fish ‘n Chips” as a well-known English dish. I ate the fried fish and french fries and loved it. Everyone else seemed to like it to, which makes me wonder why I can NEVER convince anyone to eat with me at Long John Silver’s. I guess it’s a bit different….

What you may not be so aware of is the lesser known meat and chip combo “Salt Marsh Lamb & Mint.” Yum!



Nice to Terrorists



Heading through London security, my bag created some stir. Suddenly, I was holding up the entire “fast track” line while supervisors were being called in to inspect my luggage. The man came over and asked me questions about my laptop, which stressed me out because I was afraid it might get technical and all I could offer is “It’s red.”

They looked at it. Ran it through again. Opened it. Swabbed it. And ultimately decided the modern pen is not a sword and gave it back to me. And then... THEY APOLOGIZED for my inconvenience. 

I couldn’t believe it. I have been talked down to and insulted and once in Houston basically yelled at by TSA for no real reason except that they want to remind me they are in charge and I am nothing but a mere mortal that must please them to gain access to the sky. London was a pleasant surprise.

It was a great trip. I was there and gone too quickly, but at least I got to see these awesome things.

Have you been to London? What’s your favorite thing to see?

2 comments

  1. Hahaha I've made myself the same questions! even at the airport when they decided my 105 ml. hand cream was perfectly "safe", but it was part of the protocol to retain it, and then apologiced for the inconvenience too.

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    1. That's sad that they still kept it! Although I guess it's nice they apologized. :)

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