Day 14 – London

By this day my knee really didn’t hurt as much, which was awesome. That day I went on the Free Tour of London. I had to do something at the hostel, can’t remember exactly what, but I headed off to the meeting place pretty early. But because the Tube was shut down in some places I had to take the long way and just barely made it. Also my camera didn’t have batteries for the first part of the tour so I couldn’t take pictures.

The Free Tour was amazing. The guide knew so much about the place and was so enthusiastic. I feel like this free tour idea is great because the guides have to work that much harder to guilt trip you into giving them a lot of money. So we went from monument to monument talking about each thing. Apparently London is full of fires. Everything has burned to the ground a few times and more. But the weirdest thing about our tour was that EVERYTHING was happening in London that day. We ran into a protest of the Isreal Palestine conflict, which was huge and a bit strange for me. In terms of that thing, I believe too many people don’t realize how absolutely complicated the situation is. Anyhow, after that we had lunch and Malaysia week was going on. There was some good Malaysian music there which I listened in on. Then in Trafalgar Square we ran into the protest again, but right after that we were about to cross the road when a huge parade of nude bicyclists rode by! Hundreds of naked people on bikes passing by us. That was entertaining. But we couldn’t cross. We waited and waited and naked people just kept on riding by without end. Then one guy fell down, so we took that as a chance to get by, as bad as that may have been. A few blocks later we saw a wedding couple getting photos taken, and a block or two later we saw the changing of the horse guards. The queen was in apparently and something was happening there, but we missed that. Then ANOTHER parade was just leaving Westminster Church as we got there. We got to hear the drum club making the exit. So all in all a lot happened on that tour. I gave a good tip.

After that I was a bit tired so I went to Green Park and hung out. Then went back to the hostel after picking up some small souvenirs and meat pastries. I had called Jo and she said she and some friends were going to see a movie that night, but looking at the situation I decided it wouldn’t be easy for me to go. It was out of the zones covered by my pass, and it would have gotten out later than the underground ran, so it would have been a lot of work to get back, and I was also pretty tired already. Oh well. Movies can be seen everywhere.

Back at the hostel I hung out with a guy from Denmark and another from Australia, and we were soon joined by another Australian and a New Zealander. That was a good time where I learned “SkoolforDenmark” which is like Cheers to Denmark, which actually has become a very useful phrase since then…
I also hung out with the Estonians some more that night. Different ones from the same group. And it got late, and we all went to bed.

I’ve gotten the feeling that Europe is made for lovers. Walking around that day, and walking around over the past few days, there have been so many locations, so many events, so many things that are made for couples. Maybe I should bookmark some of these locations in my mind, and maybe someday I’ll go on a world-wide honeymoon.

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