I had four days off between shifts this past weekend and wanted to go on an adventure but because of reading week, all the beach destinations had full flights – so London, England it was! I arrived on a Saturday afternoon and was completely taken away by just how many people were in London. I’ve travelled to massive metropolitan cities before – but I have never seen a city that busy! I had to stumble around with my lugggage trying to find my hostel in the midst of crowds of people who all seemed to be running to get to where they were going.
I had just finished a four day am pairing (wake up time of 330 am each day), and took the red-eye to London, so I was properly exhausted. Knowing I only had 3 days though, I dropped off my bags and took to the streets. I walked along oxford street through the crowds till I got to Hyde Park. I was so blessed by the weather, rainy London was something of a mystery for me because all I got when I was there was sunny skies!
After Hyde Park, I wandered over to Crumbs and Doilies- an adorable bakery with a famous YouTuber as the chef! She has been making unicorn theamed treats lately, so I treated myself to one 🙂
Eating a cupcake and walking around was about all I could manage on my very minimal sleep, so I went to bed and rested for the following day!
The next morning I was greeted by my two pals from Thunder Bay, yay!! We headed out ready to be tourists with no shame all day long. We saw the Big Ben, the Tower of London, got drinks at an English pub and went to Kings Cross!
That night we hit the streets of Soho and met some amazing people in our hostel.
On our last day we really wanted to see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. We got there right in time, but unfortunately I was a little too short to see much. It was still amazing though, and that sun was shinning so bright! Afterwards, we went out towards the museums (all of which are free btw) and ventured in the Museum of Natural History for a few hours.
We got back to our hostel exhausted but also anxious because we all decided we would try to spontaneously get tattoos. Luckily for us there were plenty of tattoo shops all around our hostel. On our fourth tattoo parlour we lucked out and they had time to do walk-in tattoos!!! For the past two years I’ve been waiting to get two little x’s on myself for my exchange in France (two kisses on each cheek), but I have been waiting till I had another tattoo idea so I didn’t just spend the money on those little lines. Still without any other idea of what else I want tattooed sooo I just bit the bullet and simply got the two x’s, and I’m so happy I did!! My friends got fun tattoos for London – one got an amazing design of the big ben and the other got “all was well” from Harry Potter. SO CUTE. After our tattoos we went for tea. It was the perfect way to end the day!
I started to get a cold that night so while I attempted to go out with my friends it didn’t go as planned and I ended up crashing in my hostel much earlier than them.
It was such a fun weekend, and I’m so glad we went!! It brought back all my nostalgia
for Europe and I cannot wait to return.