We’re In London!

I got to London Saturday afternoon, and had an interesting journey into the city, lugging my 70 pound suitcase through the Underground and down the streets to the dorm room I rented for the night at the London School of Economics. I was exhausted by the time I got there — I didn’t really sleep on the flight — and I took a little nap before heading out to get some basic necessities like a London cell phone, a plug adapter and, of course, dinner.

The next day, I dragged my bag through more of the city and down to Evan’s office — he was arriving that afternoon, but my checkout time was 10 a.m. Why tube stations don’t have adequate escalators or elevators is beyond me. Thankfully once people saw me struggling up flights of stairs, dragging my big suitcase up one step at a time while also carrying a backpack, laptop bag and purse and wearing a winter coat, they took pity on me and helped out a bit. Still, I was sore by the end of the day!

After dropping off my luggage, I started exploring the city. I walked down Oxford Street and Regent Street, though Picadilly Circus, by Hyde Park, through Trafalgar square and to Big Ben and Parliament. I saw Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the Thames and even made it to Buckingham Palace during the changing of the guards. I couldn’t see all that much since it was very crowded, though. I also didn’t have my camera with me, so no pictures yet.

After that, I explored my new neighborhood a bit, had a cup of coffee and then went to meet Evan since he’d arrived.

So far, so good — it’s been very easy to get around, our place is nice and surprisingly big, and we had a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant named Prezzo down the street.

We’re still not totally unpacked and settled, but I’m sure we will be soon. I can’t wait to get out and explore some more.

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