13.05.2016 - 16.05.2016
Hi everyone!! Welcome to my blog!! I've never done a blog before and based on my SAT and GRE verbal scores there is no reason I should be good at it but I figured I'd give it a try and if it sucks well at least the updates will keep my mom from frantically calling the state department anytime soon. My blog/trip is called EuroAsh. What am I doing? No I am not having a third-of-life crisis.... No Mark and I are not having marital problems (shout out to my main sleeze! Loooove u!)....No I'm not on the amazing race... Mark and I had started planning this trip while in New Zealand last year as a last traveling hoorah before mortgages and diapers but as Mark's pursuit of a paramedic/fire job came closer it became apparent he needed to be available at the drop of a dime for interviews/tests...so here I am!
My trip starts out here in London where I've been for the past 3 days! Good start to this trip as it's similar to so many cities in the states. I. Love. London. It is so beautiful here and there is so much history. I've been to buildings built in the 1000's and saw the Coronation chair built in 1300! There are so many gorgeous cathedrals with floor to ceiling carvings, stainless glass, and everything gold coated. So far I have been to the Tower of London (a huge fortress built by William the conquerer in 1000- and also where Queen Anne of Boleyn was beheaded!), the Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey (where Kate and Will got hitched), Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Hyde park, the British museum, Shakespeare globe theater, and Tate Modern (a modern art museum revitalized from an old factory with original pieces from Picasso and Andy Warhol. Very cool!) Tomorrow I head to Stonehenge, Windsor castle and Oxford.
I'm staying in a hostel in central London. The elevators are lifts and the French fries are chips and I eat plenty of them. I've frequented lots of neighborhood pubs, they are like Starbucks in the states, two on every block... I don't mind. The beer is good but so much lighter than in the states... It's ok I just have more. The hostel I am staying in is pretty much a huge college dorm. I have a standing breakfast date with a German dude named Manuel as we have discovered we are the first to wake up every morning so we have breakfast together and talk about our plans for the day. I love this city so much and need to come back here! There is still so much I want to do and eat and drink! I now totally understand my spice girls phase in the 90s and may need to revisit. I also have discovered that when British men get drunk they love to sing and chant, but they seem to be making up the songs as they go.. But always about soccer and beer. Ok ta ta!