Exploring the Big City of London
On the day after my arrival I went to explore London with Meghan, one of the Canadians I met the night before. Now, I come from a town of 5000. I occasionally visit Halifax, my province’s capital city, but still, It contains a meager 500 000. Can you guess the population of London? It is about 8 000 000 000! I was blown away at the antics of the locals. Everyone was running to somewhere, yet I feel like they were sill more polite then some Canadian cities I have been to. For example, some people ran across the street as a bus was coming around the corner. The Driver beeped at them angrily and waved a finger at them. Not his middle finger but his index in somewhat of a “tutting” manner. Now, this could just be the policy of his company to not display rude gestures, but I was still amused.
I had the privilege that day to visit Big Ben, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. It was Kate’s Birthday so there was some bustling here and there. In fact, when we were walking down the street beside Buckingham Palace an official looking man appeared in traffic, on a horse. He was followed by many others. We waved at them frantically and received some smiles in return.
I was able to stop in a little shop near the Palace that sold royal trinkets to tourists. There was some nice stuff but it was expensive so I left only with a smile and some postcards… oh and a royal key chain. It was a good day but stressful at the same time. London is an amazing city and there is so much on the go, you would never be bored. It has amazing museums, parks, weather (hey, warmer then Canada in January) and night life. I know the people who stay there absolutely love it, but I was looking forward getting to Edinburgh. I had read up so much about it before my trip that I couldn’t wait to be in that dark mid-evil city. So far I have been in Scotland for about 2 weeks and I don’t regret it one bit!