This past couple days have been, by FAR, the best time of my trip in Europe. On Thursday June 16 we took a plane from Mitilini, Greece to London! We stayed with an older couple that we met at our hotel in Greece. Edwin and Lesley. They were the nicest people in the world. Edwin is a old "dirty minded bloke" and a history buff and Lesley was a great woman although we didn't get to have much time with her Edwin picked us up from the airport and took us on a little tour of the English country side. It was beautiful. Although, the whole driving on the other side of the rode thing freaked me out! I thought we were going to run into someone/something every time we turned!
Their house was adorable, it was very narrow and small. On the first night 2 of us (there are four: Haley, Brette, Sara, and me). stayed with Edwin's and Lesley's next door neighbors. The following night we all stayed at the house by yourself while Edwin and Lesley went on "holiday". They trusted us that much! WOW they're crazy! hehe,
We left the house in tip-top shape... I hope. In all honesty, they spoiled us to death! the first day Edwin bought us lunch then after our tour around the country side with him as our tour guide, we went to a pub. Then Edwin cooked us an amazing dinner with pork and gravy, potatoes and vegetables. Then we had the best apple pie with pudding on it!!! The next day we had a "big boy" breakfast and Edwin cooked us eggs, bacon, toast, and black pudding which is sheep blood and guts. YUCK! lol
We went into London and walked around for most of the following day. We saw Westminster church, Big Ben, Parliament street, and the Museum of London. We also went on the London Eye and saw an ariel view of the whole city. It was breath taking. The first night we went out to Soho and went to a really chill pub. Then we went into the next pub and realized there were a lot of old guys there. We stood at the door confused for a sec until the bouncer finally told us that it was a gay bar! Hahaha. It all made since after that. We decided it wasn't the place for us and wandered into the next bar. Also a gay bar! We wandered around for quite some time before we found a straight pub.
The following day we did some more wandering around the city but went back to our hostel early to check it out. We walked into a pub around 5 or 6 o'clock and ordered some delicious cider. It was someone's birthday so I thought it would be funny to ice him. However, they don't have Smirnoff Ice in that pub because it's not good enough for them apparently. So I settled for a shot of whiskey instead.
We told the birthday boy and his friends of our original goal of icing him which they had no idea what that was. (Icing someone means that you surprise them with a Smirnoff Ice and they must get down on one knee and chug the whole thing. It's not a easy task since it's so sweet) So they liked it and made him get down on his knee to take the shot. Then he was dared to switch shirts with a girl by the end of the night. Short story even shorter, Brette and him switch shirts. Brette's super tight red shirt really enhanced his hairy flat chest! HAHAHA! We ended up joining their party and we all stayed our til about 4am and woke up at 7am toleave for our tour. The bus ride was tough. I was/am probably thought of as the stuck up girl who slept the entire bus ride. :/ Hopefully not!
About the tour, there are about 30-40 people with us all between the ages of 18-30. We have a charter bus that takes us from place to place. Our first stop was in Paris. Although we had a lot of fun in Paris, I think it is WAY over rated. I saw the Mona Lisa, and the Nike statue (if you don't know what that is then your an idiot) I'm just kidding!
THe story behind this is we were trying to meet up with our French friends we met in Greece somewhere in Paris. So Sara decided to have us all meet in the Louve-the biggest art museum in the WORLD! Dumbest idea I've ever heard. Anyway, she told both parties, us and our French friends to meet at the Nike statue. So when we got there we walked around for over an hour to find this Nike statue. Come to find out, it's not really even called the Nike Statue! It has a completely different name, 'The winged victory of Sam-something". We apparently were suppose to know that victory means Nike. Which we did actually learn in Greece so were looking for this Nike statue in the Greek or Roman areas but it was not there because this statue had nothing to do with the Greek God Nike! Needless to say that we did not find our friends at the Nike Statue because they had no idea what it was either. But, we finally found the statue! I was so pleased when I found it, NOT! But in all actuality, looking for the statue made me see more than I would have in the huge museum. It was overall an awesome museum. Plus, I SAW THE MONA LISA! which is ugly and I don't understand why it is so famous!
We met some nice American boys from Uconn at the museum and we continued to Notre Dame and the Arc de Triumph with them. They were good company and we met up with them again after our bike tour and dinner. The bike tour was really fun. We got some history about King Louis the 14th,15th, and 16th. " the 14th built everything, the 15th partied, and the 16th paid for everything." That's what I learned. The tour guide was great and we all stopped for a nice drink in the park.
LIke I said earlier, we met up with the Uconn boys and went for some drinks. We thought it would be fun to be adventurous and order a mystery shot: tequila, sambucka and "???". We all took the shot and 3 seconds later were crying because our mouths were so hot. Our waitress come over laughing at us and handed us some pineapple to chase with. Turns out the "???" means TABASCO sauce!!!!!!! holey moley it was HOT and disgusting and hilarious!
Haley did an amazing job of speaking to the cabsie man in french and we got back to our hotel safe and sound. Now I'm on the bus on my way to Switzerland.
Word of the day: Danka= Thank you in German