We used the last few days of our time in Europe in London, and we did our best to see as much of the city as we could in the limited time we had, and with our remaining money. We weren’t particularly keen on paying astronomical amounts of money to see things on the inside that we could see from the outside.
We went to M&M World in Leicester Square, a recommendation from the boys on tour, and it was most definitely worth it. Four levels of absolute colour and numerous things that made you want to spend money. They had everything you could imagine you’d need, and they’d M&M-ified it. It was absolutely wonderful, especially if you like M&Ms, like I do. I could not resist the urge to buy something, and I purchased myself a set of the most M&M-y pajamas.
We had a brief moment in Trafalgar Square with two of the boys from the tour; their group was returning home that day. We went to Harrods, which is always interesting but I always feel under-dressed or somewhat too plebeian to be there. We went our separate ways and spent the remainder of the day with people that we knew who we needed to visit while in England. It was nice to catch up with our foreign families. When we met up again later that day, Daniel’s relative introduced Kirsten and I to Primark, much to Dan’s dismay as he had to stay outside and wait for us because he can’t stand shopping. I was in love, mostly with the prices and the amount of stuff that they had; it was incredible!
As any person should do when in London, we went to the theatre in the evening. Kirsten’s mother had bought us tickets for Christmas for Les Miserables, a show that I may have heard mentioned before, but really I knew nothing about. We were exhausted so I don’t think we appreciated it as much as we could or should have, but it was still a really great production, and as it was Kirsten’s favourite show, pretty much, ever, she loved it and appreciated being able to see it live. Dan was also pleasantly surprised by how much he enjoyed it.
Our last day was spent walking around the streets of London and seeing the big sights. We were told to go to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral, but it was closed. It is unlikely that we would have gone up anyway because it was a real rip off.
St Paul’s Cathedral
We didn’t go up the London Eye either, but that was due to time constraints as well as money.
We had to go and see Westminster Abbey. This took a while to find… And we ended up walking through the backstreets of Westminster due to miscommunication, which wasted a lot of time, but we got a great view of the Abbey when we did realise that we’d pretty much been looking at it and walking around it the entire time.
We took a lovely walk through St James’ Park to get to Buckingham Palace. It was beautiful, but Kirsten and I decided to use the last of our 100 free minutes as we walked through. It was a beautiful English winter’s day in the park, and there were lots of cute squirrels and other park animals.
We almost missed check in for our flights, and we were very nearly overweight with our luggage, but, even with Kirsten’s many kilograms of chocolate, we were safe and we finally made it to our plane and the end of our journey.
It was a ton of fun, and it was absolutely awesome seeing all the different countries and experiencing the different people. It was great to go with Kirsten as well, and it was lots of fun meeting all the different people that we did on the tour and through each others’ connections.
I would do it all over again if I could, and I really hope that I can again sometime soon.
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