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London

November 7, 2006

We’ve arrived!  Actually, we’re already leaving (sadly) from our first destination.  London has been a great start to a trip that I get more and more excited about.  There is something extremely liberating about living out of a backpack and having the knowledge that everyday will be different.  

London has been a bit of a whirlwind but we’ve seen and done a lot since arriving on the 2nd.  Our first night was spent sampling the local pub’s organic wheat beer before heading out to a club featuring reggae music and Red Stripe in the Bengali/Bangladeshi area of the city.   It was a good introduction to a city where I’ve heard more Italian on the streets than English.  Perhaps its because the Italians are just that much louder, but I digress.  London feels more international than any other city I’ve been to. 

We spent our first full day recovering from jet lag and spending some time at the national gallery.  The museums are the one thing I’ve found to be a bargain (most are free)in a city that gets $19 for a movie ticket.   The National Gallery is overwhelming, but I took a tour that focused on the works of Seurat, Crivelli, and Rembrandt to make it a bit more manageable.  We also saw Rubens’ Samson and Delilah, a painting that some question the authenticity of.  Read about it here–it is a rather interesting story.  After the museum we met Courtney’s cousin Genevieve for some excellent fish and chips and a guided driving tour of the city.  She knows every backstreet of London and was able to point out the former residences of Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker, among others.

An unexpected trip to Stonehenge was a welcome addition to our itinerary.  On Sunday,  Christina and Sachin’s (our hosts) law school had an excursion to the medieval wonder of the world.  It was a beautiful day and we were able to take some great photos that I’ve posted to my Flikr account.  From Stonehenge we continued on to Bath where I met my friend Briony whom I volunteered with while in Armenia.  I spent the evening in Bath, taking in the fireworks for Guy Fawke’s day.

There is of course more to tell, but I’ll stop here.  Thanks to everyone who emailed–it was great to hear from you. 

Next stop:  Milan, Italy

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