The Sixth Estate
Saturday, October 25, 2003
QUOTE OF THE DAY : "Who are you and what are you doing in my home?" -Lionel Hutz

SONG OF THE DAY : Moonlight Sonata - That's what I woke up to today because someone in the next room was blasting it at 7 AM.

LINK OF THE DAY : Westminster Abbey. Very cool place.

And pity, like a naked new-born babe,
Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubim, horsed
Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on th' other -.

Too much to see. Too little time.

Walked around London all day yesterday. And I do mean all day. Got up at 6 am. Got back to the room around 11 pm. My legs were killing me, but it was well worth it.

Started the day off with a visit to Westminster Abbey, continued on to The Imperial War Museum, had lunch at the historic Geoge Inn Pub, checked out the Tower of London. After that I made my way over to the British Museum, which was so huge I had to leave because it took so long, I didn't even see half the museum !

I left the museum and walked around for 3 hours, just exploring the city. Checking out cool shops and places throughout the city. I love just walking around Toronto, so London is like a dream for me. Buy a day pass for the tube and you're all set. You can get anywhere.

Westminster Abbey is perhaps the most extraordinary place I've ever been inside. The age of the building and the city itself boggles the mind. There are tombs of people who died 1000 years ago in the Abbey. Incredible. You'll want to be careful where you step too. I stopped at one point to just look up and admire the ceiling, only to realize I was standing on Rudyard Kiplings grave. "Oops sorry Rudyard!" I said as I backed up onto Laurence Olivier's grave. Everywhere you stand there is history right underneath you. A very cool experience.

When I walk around London, I don't have a backpack on, and my camera is safely inside my jacket. I don't advertise the fact that I'm a tourist. I was mistaken for a local 4 times yesterday. "Do you know how to get to the tube from here?" A fat American asked. "I'm as lost as you buddy hehe." I said... He looked surprised that I didn't have an accent.
I suppose I do look like a British person though, considering that's my primary lineage... maybe I'll pretend to be a local the next time someone asks me for help.

Went to some pubs last night. The places the locals hang out, not the tourist haunts. It really gives you a feel for the city, I've already met a lot of cool people.

Later today I'm headed to Berlin for a week, and then it's back to the UK. But not without stopping in Belgium and Amsterdam. I've heard Brussells is pretty boring, but Amsterdam is... well you know, crazy. Should be a fun little trip.
Plus I get to go through the Chunnel.

My next post will probably be from somewhere in continental Europe.
So until then... Keep watching the skiis! I mean... skies !




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