Last weekend I took my first trip whilst being abroad. For our first trip we, Lena and I, traveled to THE UK. If you know me at all, you know that I am the UK’s biggest fan. We did one night in London and then took a train up to the University of Nottingham (in the city of Nottingham) to visit my dear friend Lizzie.
Our weekend vaguely looked like this:
Friday afternoon Lena and I met up for sandwiches (woo) and then got on the metro to the RER that took us to CDG airport. We then landed in London and took the Paddington Expressway to our hostel which was conveniently located across the street from Paddington Station. We stayed at a hostel called Pride of Paddington which was actually a cool/ groovy (I cannot believe I used the word groovy) spot. There is a pub downstairs that serves everything…. cider, beer, hard alcohol, coffee and then every typical English grub you can possibly think of.. .bangera and mash, fish and chips, full English breakfast, etc… We stayed in a shared dorm, which wasn’t awful except for the fact that the room was about 1,000 degrees and the mattresses were rock hard. (Oh, and tat our roomies came in at 4:30 am super drunk and turned on the lights). But other than that, the hostel was great for the price of about 15 pounds for the night.
AND TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER we (each) got breakfast in the morning for free… and normal sized lattes, which is a rarity in Paris. I mean, for hostel food, this is unreal.
On Friday, we treated ourselves to ciders, and then met our friends (who were studying abroad in London) at the Wagamama
near the Embankment tube stop from some Asian food.
Saturday, we did the most condensed version of London sightseeing you have ever seen….after our breakfasts, of course. We took the bus by Buckingham Palace to Trafalger Square, then walked to the Embankment to get the view to Big Ben, Parliament and the London Eye. Then we walked to Westminster Abbey and then got on the tube to cross the rive to the London Bridge stop. Then we walked down the Thames to see the Tower of London and all that fun stuff and then we eventually ended up at Borough Market for lunch. (That wasn’t a coincidence.)
At Borough, Lena and I got fish and chips, and our friends got a duck confit sandwich and a chorizo sandwich. Then we jetted out to the train station to catch a train to Nottingham, England to see/ spend the night at Lizzie’s “uni” house.
We got into Nottingham at about 6:00 PM and we went right to Lizzie’s house to be greeted by her lovely housemates. We all had dinner together and then relaxed for a bit before going out. We went to a few bars- one was an old Gothic church turned into a really cool bar (a little sac religious but it was pretty)!
Sunday morning we woke up, and made breakfast all together (we had crumpets, yum) and then headed out to see the university campus and then to see the Batman house, aka Wollaton Hall/park. After that we jumped on a bus and headed back to London to catch our flight.