Few Scares, Couple of Drinks and a Whole Heap of Fun!
09.07.2005 22 °C
Today is Saturday and Brett and I are getting ready to leave for Huntstanton which is North-East from London. We are going up to stay with Auntie Cathy and the kids.
I thought I might tell you what we have been up to though during our last days in London.
Well Thursday was a complete and utter nightmare with all the terrorist attacks that occured in the morning. Brett and I chilled (we tried our best to anyway) in the hostel for most of the day as we couldn't get anywhere because all the transport systems were closed down...for obvious reasons! In the evening we tried to find somewhere to eat, but everywhere was closed by 5pm due to staff shortages as no one was able to get to work etc. but eventually we found a supermarket that was open and just grabbed a bbq chicken and some rice which was ok considering the circumstances. That night was just spent in the hostel again talking with everyone and watching TV...not that interesting but mehhh.
On Friday, Brett and I decided to do some more sight seeing as it was our last day in London. We hopped on the tube (the lines that were operational anyway, which werent that many) and headed for Monument station, which is just near the Thames. After walking to Liverpool St. Station to find info about trains to Hunstanton, Brett and I headed back towards Monument only to have the daylights scared out of us. As we approached the station we heard sirens in the distance and they were approaching quickly. Within seconds about 5 cop cars pulled up outside the tube station and a dozen officers raced down to the platform. Not eager to hang around and what to be blown up by another bomb blast, Brett and I scurried off in the other direction, just as more police were arriving - we would have looked quite guilty if you ask me; two lads running off as cops pulled up to somewhere they had just been. We still don't know whether it was a bomb scare or what but I'm not keen to find out.
Anyway, with our hearts pumping we heading towards St Paul's Cathedral. The place can be seen from a mile away and once we were there, we couldn't believe the size of it...it is massive. It was ruined though by large scaffolding that was erected to carry out renovations which was a bummer so we will have to rely on postcards to give us a full picture of the place.
Anwyay, after taking what photos we could we crossed the road and found ourselves at the Millenium Bridge - not much really. All it was good for was to show us how dirty the Thames is! Like everwhere else, we took a few photos and moved on.
Our last stop was the London and Tower Bridges. The Tower Bridge was pretty impressive as we walked across it towards the London Tower. Again though, this sight was ruined as they were setting up for some kind of concert in the gardens of the tower, but ohh well.
After walking for about 4 hrs, Brett and I decided to head back to the hostel and jumped back on the tube. Once back, we made ourselves some dinner and had a few drinks. At about 9 though, everyone in the hostel decided to go to the Walkabout Pub in Sheperd's Bush and so we joined. The Walkabout Pubs are Aussie pubs all through London (maybe other places aswell but I'm not sure). We paid our 2 quid to get in and then danced the night away to good old Aussie Beats with some others also. We got back to the hostel at about 12:30 and kept on drinking in our room - along with the rest of the hostel . Thats right, our room was the place to be!!! By about 4, everyone decided that it was time to get some shut eye and disappeared to their rooms. A very fun night!!!
Well, it is now the morning after but I feel good so that helps and we are just about to leave for the Norwich region as I said.