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  • Day177

    London, United Kingdom

    October 30, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    I was quietly dreading the journey to London but I've made it!! And it has exceeded all expectations! Traveling from Antwerp to London took 11 hours on a Flixbus - my last long bus journey so I fully embraced it. I was dreading arriving in London with two humungous bags, each weighing about 25kg plus my day pack and food bag, yep I've been traveling with an ongoing food back because you always need snacks on long travel days! However I was super lucky to have Melissa meet me at the bus station to share the load and navigate the London Underground which made it so much better. We had so much to catch up on since Marsellian that we walked about 15 minutes in the wrong direction without realising due to our continual talking! But it was super nice to be greeted with open arms and a friendly family face after such a long day. We had bought tickets to Katchafire for that evening so we rushed home, got changed and made it to the O2 London for the second part of their set. I hadn't been to Katchafire live in the past, a part from seeing them at RnV or CoroGold, so it was cool to watch them live on the other side of the world with a hundred other Kiwis away from home. With so many Kiwis having relocated to London, I took the opportunity to catch up with old friends and spent time with Jordyn at Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Chinatown. I then caught up with Daisy for dinner at her new flat in Fullam, Louise from Sail Croatia at the Camden Markets, and Jigz for a few G&Ts in Soho. Melissa and I explored Oxford Street, Regent Street, 99 Downing Street, Mayfair, Platform 4 and 3 quarters, Kings Cross, Carnaby and Selfridges. We also went and saw Matlida on the West End which was AMAZING and absolutely blew my mind! My cousin Rob has also recently relocated to London and we did a bit of sightseeing together to the London Bridge, London Eye, Borough Markets and Big Ben however, Big Ben was being renovated and completely covered in scaffolding so I didn't really see a thing. My four days in London flew by with SO much to do, see, explore and try that you really do need at least a week minimum to do the main city. For somewhere that I wasn't overly excited about, I had the best time and that was mainly to do with Melissa who was a fantastic host and completely went out of her way to make my short stay there so memorable.Read more