It's been a long few days.... On thursday we arrived in London and literally slept and became accustomed to our surroundings within our hotel room in Kensington. Thought about going to see Julian Assange at the High Court, but seeing as we didn't know where that was exactly, and the fact that Josh was passed out from the long flight and trip to the hotel, we kind of missed out on that.Towards the end of the night, we emerged to visit Whole Foods in kensington. So, I guess the first thing we did in a foreign country was to go to an American chain store...but it was lovely...they had the best sprouted bread EVERRRRR. We'll be visiting again.
The hotel was rather decent, but the following morning on Friday, the water was not warm enough, which stunk seeing as it was freeeezing outside! We decided to do the tourist-y thing on Friday by travelling to see the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace. Luckily for us, Friday was a selected day for the ceremony. In the winter they only perform every OTHER day. Using the tube to get to our location was pretty easy...I was able to catch up with the system quickly..plus they make it reasonably easy to understand. One of my issues, however, were how pushy or rude some people were as they bolted past you...but I guess that is common in most big cities.
Since it was cold we purchased tickets on a hop on/hop off bus tour. What was hilarious is that we only really got one good 10min. trip on it ... long story, but we had to wait for the bus at some of the designated stops for long periods of time.... after a 20minute wait in the cold, after a long day of walking, we gave up and went on a regular bus to get us to Big Ben.... the bus tour was a good idea, but there was just too much traffic in London which delayed the buses for very long periods.
After Big Ben, we decided to go back to Trafalgar square to look for a place to eat... we really couldn't find anything that enticed us, so when we got near the Texas Embassy (a restaurant), Josh caved in and said, "let's just go eat there...i'm hungry..." I reluctantly agreed, and we headed towards the restaurant. Once we arrived, however, a random man yelled at Josh, "Hey, mate, mate! do you have reservations?" Considering it looked like a gaudy restaurant, we were surprised we needed to make reservations to eat there. We told him we didn't and gladly left.
We gave up and went back to the hotel to eat some of the food we'd bought at Wholefoods the night before. I didn't sleep that night because I stayed up planning for the next day's trip to Scotland. Tried taking a 40-minute nap, but it didn't work out well :(