What a crazy thing it is to see things in person that you’ve only ever seen on post cards and in Mary Kate and Ashley movies!! London?! It was a lot to take in. After some unexpected expenses (sometimes that happens when you’re not paying attention. Now I know to always check in before I get to the airport and to make sure I’m getting on normal trains and not express ones!) I got stubborn and decided not to spend any money on public transportation in London (I didn’t have all that much left!). So I walked miles and miles across London, sometimes with all my stuff, and usually lost. A common tale during the last five months of my trip. It’s part of it.
The good thing about walking across cities is all the stuff you see. I even randomly saw the queen!
I enjoyed the weather since we don’t get too much of that in Southern California! My umbrella didn’t seem to make the journey from Ireland, but that was alright. There’s something about getting stuck in a bookshop in London while it pours outside. I definitely need to go back sometime because there’s so much I didn’t see!
I stayed for a few nights at a hostel that used to be a courthouse- the one where The Clash stood trial in 1978. When I got back from seeing The Fratellis in Pembroke I stayed at a different hostel, closer to Kensington Gardens. My last day on my long walk from the hostel to the bus to take me to the airport I found the Peter Pan statue.
There was a family there, a mom, dad, and two young daughters. If I remember correctly they were from Colorado. The dad saw me with my backpack and asked how long I’d been traveling.
“About five and a half months,” I said.
He was amazed, said I was brave, and talking to his daughters said, “look, girls. Everything she’s needed for five and a half months is right there on her back.”
They both said how cool that was and that they wanted to go on backpacking trip one day.
Kids grow up. But sometimes they keep their sense of wonder and go on to grand adventures.