OK! Jesus! Here is the London post! I will answer Niklas’ questions first.
I did enjoy London. It was different, but not nearly as different as I expected. Of course, England is the mother country. So yes, the layout of the city, the architecture, the various accents, all those Thai restaurants, the Tube, etc, weren’t things you’d find in Phoenix. But I didn’t feel that same sense of “omg I’m not in the US! Someone save me!” I got in Mexico City. Probably because they speak English in England. Har. Anyway, I didn’t notice anything “unsuspected”. Whatever that means, Niklas. I was semi-disappointed in the London boys. I didn’t see many, and the ones I saw more often than not weren’t my style. Obviously, I need to hunt the suburbs for my English lover. Aside from wondering how much damage Jan/Kate were doing to MW I didn’t think of WOT at all, really. Wow, this is all sounding very rambling. Anyway, I didn’t buy much of anything because everything was expensive as hell. Well I guess that is one thing I noticed that was unsuspected! I didn’t expect the dollar to be as weak as it was. Good lord. The exchange rate made me think that a MW meet in Sweden might be better for Marie’s wallet. So in that sense, yes I did think of Niklas. I also thought of Laura whilst clothes shopping with my mom. I thought it would be fun to go clothes shopping in London with Laura. It wasn’t so much fun with my mother, however.
As far as food goes, we didn’t eat much. A lot of tuna and cucumber sandwiches. We went for pizza, and mom wanted pepperoni. The only pizza they had with it(this was a little local restaurant run by real Italians) was an “Americana” pizza. I wanted something “different” because it seemed cheap to buy a pizza with America in the title while in Europe. Anyway, the pizza didn’t taste or look anything like American pizzas, so I guess I shouldn’t have worried. Although it didn’t taste that good either. I think I’ll stick to European recipes for pizza while in Europe from now on.
We drove around Hyde’s Park. We saw a lot of parks, actually. I have no idea why you want to know about it, though. Speaking of driving, no I didn’t get hit by any cars. People do drive like manics there, but I only noticed that while either in a taxi or on a bus.
I didn’t tease anyone about their accents, Nik. 😛
I did ride the Tube and the ticket system wasn’t hard. Well, mom and I were lazy and just went to the counter to buy tickets instead of using their other thing. Although at the Russell Square stop the…thing (I swear the word is just at the tip of my fingers) wasn’t working anyway.
Good lord you ask so many question! I’ll have to hit the “read more” tag.
My mother left pretty much all the decisions on what to do up to me. She did get a little huffy when I tried to back out of going on a shopping trip. But other than that, not much discussion. She was upset we didn’t go to France, but $200 for one round trip ticket was a bit much for a day trip.
Our hotel was OK. But after a week I was getting tired of it, to be honest.
Oh God, Nik, I’m just going to answer the rest in one go. We did not have afternoon tea. I do not like tea. I didn’t have Niklas’ address so he got no postcards from London. I only got sprinkled on once, on the second day. I was happy to be leaving because, as I said, I was tired of being in a hotel. I visited King’s Cross (but not the little tourist thing with the 9 3/4 platform) because that was a station near us. No, we didn’t go to Soho. Most people seemed to want my mom and I to come back. So, no, I don’t think I shocked them with my American evilness. If I say I missed Niklas, will you promise to never ever send these many questions again?
You already know I went to the British Museum (I’m assuming that’s the one you mean). My mom did ask a few times “they stole all this?”
Trees?! The only green I saw was at the parks. London is gray and drab. I’ve seen more trees in Chicago or Mississippi.
Saw no hornet. Learned no new nasty words. Yes. I had fun. 😛
*whew* Now for Kate.
I lost five pounds while in London-combination of eating a meal a day and all the walking. I ate a lot of tuna.
Already mentioned Paris…mom saying we’ll go next year or the year after. She thinks I’m getting a “real” job next year, which is why she said 2009. Ha on her!
Smog. That is what London smells like. Not the LA smog (well, only Whitney has been to LA. So I guess none of you will know what I speak of! Not that LA smells like anything to me…but whatever! It has smog, that’s the point!) but a black kind of smog. There were times I would start coughing and it felt like I had inhaled the exhaust fumes from a truck. That’s what London smelled like at times. But then I would get used to it and not notice anything.
My mom wanted to see a castle and go shopping. I wanted to do more touristy things but couldn’t really do that with mom, since she had no real interest. Oh, and the fact that it was expensive! $60 to tour the Tower of London, I wish. But next time I will do it! I also would have liked to take a day trip to Bath or Devon (haha!) or something, but she doesn’t like trains it would seem.
I bought myself a key chain. 😈 So boo on you!