Last Day in London :(

11 Jun

Rise and shine! Since yesterday was my large day of the trip, today was for Kate. She, of course, chose to visit Wimbledon being the tennis champ that she is. (She totally called me out on calling it wimbleTon. Whoops)

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It was a really nice facility! Like I would like to learn how to be coordinated enough to play. It was funny first off I probably embarrassed Kate with how little I know about the sport second at the beginning of the tour the guide said “raise you hand if you are a tennis fan”. Kate responded to this with her hand up. He then continued to say, “now raise your hand if you are married to a tennis player and dragged here” Obviously I rose my hand and was the only one. I became the designated photographer for some people after that. While she was geeking out on all of the tennis things I learned I too could take an interest in this tournament… More on the spectator side of things. She can go play the game while I watch the handsome men, eat strawberries and cream, and have a glass of champagne. Her top 3 favorite things about the tour were:

– behind the scenes of how they prepare
– the history and importance of the championship itself
– seeing the press conference room

Centre Court!

Centre Court!

happy kid

happy kid

Also another note, Kate was giving me such a hard time about glaring down some little girl yesterday at Harry potter world when she was hogging a computer. It’ sent like she understood it! Then today SHE was glaring down two little kids who were in the press chairs that she wanted to take a picture in. Hmph. She can only talk so much now.

Afterward we took a stroll through St. James park and sat on a bench with icecream cones people watching.

View of Buckingham Palace from St. James Park

View of Buckingham Palace from St. James Park

(“are you hungry? You sound hungry” Kate’s way of calling me weird) Next we went to Trafalgar Square where we witnessed a taxi union protest. It was (loud) kinda of cool. We grabbed some lunch and sat in front of the national gallery before heading to the London eye for one last look over London.

view from the London eye

view from the London eye

Some stupid kid attempted to take us out with his scooter that he (accidentally) flung at us hitting Kate and cutting my ankle. She was ok but we were both pretty pissed especially when they didn’t even really acknowledge what happened.

BUT ANYWAYS we both came back and packed up our things and proceeded to accidentally pass out. We are really cool I promise. At least we woke up and met up with our new Aussie friend David before popping out to a local bar. It was scary. We just sat around a table and sounded like grown ups talking about school systems, traveling and politics. I’m getting old 😦

David!

David!

We got back around 1am but stayed up in the common room chatting with people for a bit. Hostels are pretty amazing things. You meet people from all over the world and sit there laughing, listening and learning from one another. Each from our own little world but mixing for this short amount of time. It’s really an eye opener and more people should really take the opportunity while you can.

So long London. You have been grand.

Big Ben

Big Ben

London Eye

London Eye

Overall thoughts on London:

Kaytlen: There is no time long enough to spend in London. It is ever involving and already stuffed to the brim with opportunities, knowledge and experiences waiting for you. London is a fabulous place and has my heart. One day I would love to take some opportunity to move over to the UK even if it is for a brief period of time. I HIGHLY recommend visiting this beautiful city seeing that there is something for everyone here.

Kate: I loved everything about London except the exchange rate. There is a nice mix of modern diversity set within the grandeur of the royal family. I also am always fond of cities that keep moving, and London definitely does. From music to markets, business news to bake shops, there is always something new to explore. London would definitely be a top pick to return to, and hopefully my Oyster card would retain it’s value.

-kk

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