It has been a couple of years since D and I were in London. We stayed on a few days after a family holiday and had such a blast! Now we’re back! Revisiting old memories, checking out new places and generally enjoying what London has to offer has been so ridiculously amazing!
So after leaving Cape Town amidst much wailing and a flight that wasn’t too bad *clenched teeth* we arrived in London Town.
Rich (our host for the first two days, and very good friend from home) was fast asleep when I called the poor guy at about 8am, apparently the first good nights sleep he’s had in months! But a decent cuppa and we were all raring to go, come on its freaking London… 4 days is toooooo short!!
What I mean about Black and White is two-fold. Firstly, this is a cultural mish-mash of epic proportions. We were scrutinised at the immigration desk by a guy who was no closer to English than my left hairy…. Toe… (shame on you who thought I was going to be rude). There are so many different people here, and the more you think about it, the more you are drawn in to the unbelievable thing that is a First World capital city. Secondly, I decided this morning that I would try out a new direction with my photography, so check out the Flickr feed for some B&W shots of London today. I’ll pop my favourites from today below also!
Sim cards and travel cards were the main order for today and we’re both set up. Dom is on 00447924551775 (international) and I have a local number that is free to call in from anywhere in the world so go wild J (00447425312275)
It is horrendously expensive to get around here, but unfortunately apart from walking there is not many other options, so we had to bite the bullet! Oyster cards!
Let me say one thing, Camden Town is out of this world cool. We went there for £5 lunch today and had a couple of hours to wander the markets and window shop. From hand painted shirts, Thai Sweet n Sour chicken with chow mein and jewellery… to small tanks where you can have small fishes exfoliate your feet… this place has something for everybody. Dom was in her element amongst all of the vintage clothing stores inside the 19th century Stables section of the market area.
This is a place where everyone can come and not feel like they’re judged, punks, the urban hip and trendy and the every day person can wander around and find something to look at, purchase or eat. It is just too fantastic!
Dom has also specifically asked me to mention the diversity of the stalls in Camden,
where the music, people and smells of each stall change by the metre. That is just a small explanation of what this place is like.
Disaster struck earlier when the kit lens for D’s camera decided that it didn’t like its aperture diaphragm and will no longer allow the camera to actuate. In other words, no lens = no photos = unhappy Dom (who said this blog wasn’t going to be intelligent, I mean simultaneous equations and everything).
This resulted in our next destination being Tottenham Court Road, to see what it would cost to repair/replace the lens… we didn’t… And then the days walking started, Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly… more Oxford and a bunch of other small streets inbetween J We even found a cool underground bar where we spent a crazy night with Anton a couple of years ago!
To soothe Dom’s tired feet, and her insatiable desire to finally have some retail therapy (for the feet of course) we popped in to Primark to buy some 2 quid sneakers! Bunfight to say the least, I have decided to call it the “Half Price Sushi” retail strategy, sell something for half the price and people will buy twice as much!! Needless to say, D has learned her lesson, vanity in fact knows a lot of pain and she will be wearing her comfy shoes tomorrow and not the pretty ones!
So as I write this it’s ten-to-eight and its still light outside, I have a Budwieser that I mistook for a Kronenberg 1664, and we are thinking only of dinner and a night sleep in a horizontal position! Did I mention I hate aeroplanes?
Missing everybody at home, but not too much