Monday, July 18, 2011
Man-sized Kleenex and Other UK Specialties
Three days here, and I've ridden in the tube, which is clean, but an absolute mess of humans everywhere. I vastly prefer riding in the top floor, top row of a double-decker bus, which is like a cheap rollercoaster ride. The blind spots on each side of the bus are so huge that when you're looking out the top windshield, you feel like the bus has jumped a curb, smashed into a pedicab driver, and killed three pedestrians all at the same time. At night, riding in the double-decker bus was almost as good as standing in the back of a San Francisco cable car. Startling, free-wheeling, and adventurous.
Also saw Billy Elliot: the Musical at Victoria Theatre, took a bus/walking tour of London, shopped on Oxford Street, and had the most delicious takeaway fish and chips for dinner tonight. Flaky, very meaty white fish and perfect steak fries, they honestly rival the Wisconsin fish fry. Right now, everything in London is thrilling and different, and going back home to Madison sounds so boring. I'm happy to have the trip still ahead of me.
Tomorrow is Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, AND seeing Harry Potter in a cheap Notting Hill cinema. Can I get paid to live like this? Please?
P.S. FSU study abroad friends:
If you want to get a UK cell phone, it was surprisingly easy, and even better, surprisingly cheap. I went to Carphone Warehouse (4 Oxford Street, London, about five storefronts down from Boots). All I had to do was pick out a model (the one I chose was £2.95), stand in the prepay line, and pay for the phone and minutes. Since I paid with cash, I was required to put £20 onto the phone. The phone number is printed on the SIM card packaging.