London

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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3 Responses to “London”

  1. Doga Oztuzun Says:

    Woaw ! I would love to see Stonehenge 😦
    I have been in Milano, Italy. You should see the Duamo at there and dont forget to go to roof of it. Its a fantastic building. And there is a mc donalds next to Centrale Train station. A Hamburger is 0,50 Euro : ) hehe !
    Dont forget the Kizilkayalar burger lol !
    Enjoy !
    Regards!

  2. Christina Says:

    Ed,
    You forgot to post about all your fabulous water-resistant gear! What about your duct-tape???
    Thanks for coming to visit w/ Court. I’m really liking the start of this trend where we keep visiting each other in beautiful foreign countries.
    -Christina

  3. casab22 Says:

    Christina, I found this quote on a website just for you…

    “Duct tape is like the force: It has a dark side and
    a light side and it holds the universe together.”
    – Carl Zwanzig

    252 uses and that was in 1999!
    http://thezac.com/ducttape/

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