So excited to be back here!
22.12.2012 - 24.12.2012 7 °C
We have arrived in London!! After our second day in York turned out to be a bit of a write off thanks to heavy rain, waking up this morning to see the sun peeking through the clouds was very exciting. We are still so blown away by the fact that seeing sunlight seems to be a rather rare occurrence over here, in winter particularly, but that isn't stopping us from being optimistic about the weather this week
So the last time I blogged was our first night in York before we set out to find dinner. We ended up at a really nice Italian place (chosen because we had walked past a Jamie's Italian restaurant that was booked out and were therefore craving pasta) which had a huge amount of staff to wait on just us and one other party of people, one of whom had a seriously painful laugh! We had an early night after our little dinner date and I finally managed to get a full night of sleep despite our hotel being opposite a night club :/ In the morning we went down to breakfast in the lobby and realised how miserable it was looking outside but thought we would soldier on and headed out in search of the Viking Museum. It took about 5 minutes walk before we were drenched so we were very happy to reach the Jorvik Viking Centre. It was a very cool place and we learnt a lot but unfortunately for Renae it apparently smelt really bad in there so she was relieved when we left. After wandering around in town and shopping for a little bit we decided to make it a rest day and headed back to our hotel for a few hours to read and call family back home. We ended up back in town at night for dinner at The Slug and Lettuce, a pub chain which had a really great atmosphere despite the table near us of real loud mouth guys who thought they were pretty hot stuff with their thuggish lack of neck and thick accents. The funniest thing was that they, along with heaps of guys here, were all wearing ugly Christmas sweaters. They seem to be far more acceptable over here for men then they would be back home! We ended up back at our hotel for another fairly early night to watch Bride Wars and eat chocolate
This morning we left for the train station after breakfast but then had to sit there for an extra 20 minutes in the freezing cold waiting for our delayed train. Once again there was no room for our bags (should have gone 1st class!) but at least it was only a short trip down to London. Even though it wa freezing cold, the sky was lovely and blue so we really enjoyed the train ride and the scenery on the trip. We arrived in Kings Cross Station and sorted out our travel card for the week. We have decided it would be best to pay a little bit more to have unlimited travel on the tube for the days we are here rather than worrying about planning our days around buying tickets. Our hotel is right near an underground too, so that is really handy! It is a very flash looking place but unfortunately does not have free wifi so we will really be struggling for the next week, particularly on Christmas, with not being able to contact people easily! So after checking in we headed out to the Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Putney to visit Renae's friend Ash, who is working there on a trip from Australia. Burger was amazing!! Particularly since we had not eaten since Breakfaat and this was dinner... And after catching up a bit with her we came back to our hotel, walked through Hyde Park for a bit, got scared because it was rather dark and headed back to our hotel to settle in for the night
I am currently typing this in my notes section and hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to find a Starbucks with wifi which I can use to post it on the blog! Sorry to those people who send us messages over the next few days and don't get a reply, and if I don't get another chance to say it then Merry Christmas!!