[transcribed from a real journal]
We walked a lot today. BUMLOADS. First we got...semi lost getting to the British museum and then we found it somehow.
Actually, to go WAY back in time, we got on the 11:41 train cos Kat is SLOW and has too much HAIR to brush. ;) We ate breakfast and she took a shower and we were just a little bit too late. SUCK! We roamed around Newbury town centre for a while and I experienced the frozen delight called a Twister. It's some artificially flavored fruity sorbet center surrounded by a twist of some other artificially flavored frozen substances. Quite interesting to eat and 10-something AM. That was on top of breakfast, which was LOTS & LOTS of shreddies & some chocolate & some...clementine. Yeah, and lot. OOPS. Suck. Kat made chicken sammiches. SAMMICH!
SOOO much walking was done. We walked past Hyde Park to...somewhere and ended up...somewhere. Lots of pretty houses and stuff. Oxford Street is freakishly long to the point that it needed two HMVs, McDonalds, Marks & Spencers, GAPs, among other things. It reminded me of being in a mall. We went into M&S to look at FOOODS. Mm.
Something I noticed it that there are lots and LOTS of sandwich shops. Like too many, in fact. I have got to eat a prepackaged sandwich. I've only seen those in the US at the Japanese bakery or in Taiwan in any bakery. British influence, I guess.
Wow, my writing is total crap. I'm on the train going home now. The door just wheezed. :)
The British museum reminds me of the Met. It had lots of old stuff and it was freeee! The entrance was absolutely beautiful...I'm figuring ti used to be the open air court area of some...old nice place and so they built a huge glass thing on top. We looked at some Chinese jade, modern art drawing stuff, and some Egyptian stuff. Not much time was spent there cos we left late and it took us hours to walk there. SO POOOPED! And outside the museum was a PANCAKE PLACE! Oooh.
We tried to look for Chinatown after that and ended up...no wait, we went semi-through Covent Gardent, which had a lot of shops, or at least where we walked, and ended up bear Charing Cross station. A bit more walking and we were at Tralfagar Square, where there were loads of pigeons, people playing in the fountain (today was nice and sunny, unlike yesterday) and people climbing on the lion statues. Basically, it was crowded.
As though an angel had heard our "Where the hell are we?" plea, we found a map that told us where Chinatown was. It wasn't a very large section but it was full of Chinese restaurants. We ate at one, so that's Chinese food two days in a row. Chinese food is always good. :) Our dinner was £30, which is $54. Scary. Everything really costs a lot, when you eat out at least. I spent $100 or so on two dinners, neither which had much food...which is food I guess. I'm going to have fish and chips tomorrow, I think.
We decided that trying to walk back to Paddington Station would've been suicidal so we took THE TUBE, which is actually easier than the NYC subway. It totally confused me at first cos each line has a proper name (now 1, 2, 3, A, B, C) and its own color, but THAT MAKES SENSE! NYC does not. We took the Bakerloo line, I think...or the brown one for £2. Not bad. Either that or walk 2 hours. Oh yeah, on the way to the station we went to Piccadilly Circus...I mean, that was the station. It was Times Square-ish.
We got back to the station with lots of time so we roamed a bit with the intent of finding CHEAP PASTRIES! And I did...75p. And I got chocolates for 45p. Ooh, earlier I got 12 postcards for 95p. And a teddy bear for £3. I'm cheapo. Oops. SO YEAH I have food and I sucked navigating byt all is well. WEE!
The door wheezes.
OH oh...loads of people sold ice cream. There's something called 99 Flake, which is soft serve (or real) vanilla ice cream in a cone with a Cadbury flake stuck in, but it's not 99p. I guess it was at one point but now it's £1.20 or £1.30. Kat got one but I guess I'm better off without.