8:00AM, Early start
It is important, when you are on a short trip like we were, to not spend too much time sleeping. I mean, you are abroad, there so many things to do and so little time! We had set departure time at 9, but, of course, only two of us were ready on time. We should have anticipated it, because we were 4 girls and girls are usually slow in the morning. We ended up leaving at least 30 minutes later. Believe us that we did not do the same error twice, we woke up our friends earlier the next days!
Breakfast was nice (I think I already wrote about it in my first post?), but crowded after 8:45. I suppose it is the same in every hostel so wake up early, it is worth it! You can still go to bed early later.
The British Museum
Another free museum, indeed we had to drop by! It is huge. Like, really huge. The roof is so high! We visited the egyptian part of the museum, a bit of the greek/roman part and then went to see the Chinese, Thai part as well. We really saw many beautiful things, and read interesting ones as well. As we are a very multicultural group, it was interesting to see how some cultures actually have things in common but explained or used differently. We stayed there for an hour and a half, I think, but we did not visit everything AT ALL. The British Museum is reaaally big, so if you want to visit it all (I am not even sure it is possible!) you need at least an entire day. However, two hours are enough to enjoy it.
We were supposed to go there on the first day but we were too tired. Covent Garden is a lively place, and it is a must-see, right? There was a pregnant woman singing Opera, she was amazing! We did not stay very long, though, because it was lunch time, and honestly it was nice to see it but we wouldn’t spend hours there as there were not many things to do but looking around.
Finding food and cashpoints
I had to write about it. It was a nightmare, honestly! First of all, the UK is very different from France. Here we can withdraw cash everywhere. Cash machines are everywhere! But in London… it is not the case at all. Well, there are cash machines, but not quite as much. So we walked, we walked, we walked… Finally we found one and then we wanted to eat but where we were there was nowhere in our prices. London is expensive, like, really. We couldn’t help, 10£ was too much for us… So we walked again, plenty. It was horrible because there really was nothing! We ended up around Westminster (as it is a tourist attraction we thought that maybe there were some restaurants or stuffs like that, we were very wrong though!) but finally decided to move again and went to a Burger King (can’t remember exactly where though).
For the first time in my life I tasted Raspberry cola. It was awful. Tasted like a medicine, terrible! My friends loved it though. I don’t understand why! But Cherry Schweps is fine. Burger King is good, and you can drink as many sodas as you want (well, when it is cold and rainy outside, I can tell you, you won’t drink that much at all).
So all of this to say: when you see a cash machine, use it! Don’t think you will find one easily later!
We finally came back to Westminster as we had decided to visit the Abbey at any cost (hey! Kate and William married there after all!). We passed by the Parliament and Big Ben (another must-see!) and took plenty of photos. Let say it, Westminster abbey IS expensive. We had student cards so it was 15£ (around 17€) instead of 18. It is still a lot, and we wanted to make the most out of it. Honestly, despite the price I strongly recommend you to visit the Abbey. You can have an audioguide in plenty of languages and the staff is really kind. We wanted to know how it was organized during the Royal Wedding and one of the woman who worked there explained everything to us. She was very patient, and even gave us more informations than we asked for! She seemed very happy to talk to us so don’t hesitate to ask questions.
We were so slow to visit that we unfortunately missed the gardens. They are not opened all the time, and close earlier, so we could not visit them. However, we did enjoy the cloister, it was beautiful, and I bought postcards to make up with the fact that I could not take any photos inside. I suspect it is exactly what they wish tourists would do, but I could not help myself.
Finding each other
One of my friends had already visited Westminster Abbey last year and so we decided that we would meet up at the exit at 4:30PM. We were exactly on time but her… well, she was late. Unfortunately when you travel like that you don’t have an easy way to contact each other so we wondered if we had understood the same thing or if we were mistaken. It happens that three of us had cellphones that we could use in emergency case (well, emergency because one message is 0,10€ and we don’t want to pay too much at the end of the month just because we cannot find each other), so she managed to warn us that she was at least half an hour late. Waiting half an hour in the dark, cold and rain was not that funny but well. That is to say, when you travel abroad it is very important to be on time. It can become a nightmare rather quickly if one doesn’t, as there is no way to know if one is coming or not. We were lucky to have our phones, but it is not always good to rely on it.
This. shop. is. HUGE! No but, honestly, so many m&m’s! It is almost a museum! We had a lot of fun there, like finding our “mood color” of the day through a scanner. I was Yellow (wished to be pink but oh well, I love yellow too!) and it said something like “even if it’s cloudy outside, you’ll brighten someone’s day today!” SO CUTE! I was delighted, indeed!
So, M&M’s was fun but incredibly expensive. One of my friends spent more than 40£ there! She would never have done so if she had known the price before, but you can fill your own bag of M&M’s and the price is for 100g so there is no way you can know in advance the exact amount you will have to pay. I was rather angry about it because they could at least let people weight their bags on scales before paying. Of course she could have been more careful, but it was not entirely her fault. She regrets it a lot now. I know there is a similar shop in the US, I don’t know if the system is exactly the same but I cannot say it enough: BE CAREFUL.
As ever, pictures are mines, don’t use them without asking!
That’s it for our second day in London!
Thank you all for reading,