There’s information on a givaway for UK readers at the end of this post, so keep reading for more information!
Before my family and I were even fully awake, we had learned a few things:
- Almost nothing is open before 9am in London.
- Fast food isn’t always shitty.
- Being a stereotype has never felt so good.
Both coffee and McDonalds has ever tasted so incredible—and that’s coming from a tea person.
Lucky for us, the caffeine allowed us to jump for joy as we were reunited with my Jamaican family. Seeing them wasn’t the only reunion for the day though. Roughly eight years ago I had a classmate move back to England that I lost contact with then recently regained. For the past two years or so, we’ve been Skype buddies but nothing beat seeing her—IN PERSON for the first time in close to a decade. We hugged. We squealed like the teenage girls we are. We were tempted to poke each other as a check on reality.
And just like that, we parted ways so my family and I could do some expensive touristy stuff and so she could shop in the markets. The expensive touristy stuff included a 24-hour pass sightseeing bus and the London Eye(which should really count as multiple attractions). As I zoned out in the cool breeze, one of the “unofficial tour guides” said something about how you’re bound to run into someone you know at Regent Street.
I thought my mind was making crap up until I caught a familiar face walking in the opposite direction.
Tour Guide: 1. Haley:0.
Visual tour time!
Way to the Eye:
“Eye” Spy the owner of this blog:
[This comes from a string of five pictures called “Haley gets peeved at her fathers inability to take a picture”]
London from above:
Eventually it going boring standing in a massive ferris-wheel like pod surrounded by a bunch of people lining the windows and not realizing that they were taking the same picture over and over again. Cool nonetheless 🙂
Later that night, we went on what was supposed to be a Harry Potter Tour but ended up being an every-movie-but-Harry-Potter tour. Since I didn’t feel like trying to listen to the decresendo-ing tour guide full of crap, I played with my camera some more as a source of amusement…
then proceeded to make a mental note to follow this guys lead and make massive bubbles when I get home.
Turns out, we ended up standing in the same marketplace as “Around The World In 80 Plates” began…that, and the bubble blowing people were the coolest part of the tour. We ended up leaving early.
Between the London Eye and the “HP” Tour, I ended up snagging two free download cards for the song “The Man Who Never Lied”–Maroon 5 from Starbucks. The only problem is they’re only valid with UK Itunes and expire August 5th.
To enter: leave a comment with a picture you took of your country—I don’t care where or who or of what as long as it’s not terribly inappropriate along with your email. You can enter as many times as you want as long as you reside in the UK. I’ll determine one winner based off who I think submitted the best photo and the other with a number generator as your post being the number. Contest closes July 24th at 11:59 pm EST and winners will be emailed the code sometime on July 25th. Good luck 🙂