A Weekend in London

This past weekend, I was lucky to spend 3 days in London with long-time friends, eating amazing food, seeing a couple of museums, doing quite a bit of walking and most importantly having a great time. It has been 18 months since I was last in London which incidentally was the last time I was in an English speaking country. Going to an English speaking country was both a little bit weird and a pure delight.  I no longer had to think about what I wanted to say beforehand, but I did have to think before I spoke so I didn’t speak German (that was a new one). I messed up a couple of times during the first day and a half, most memorably at a cafe at Covent Gardens.  The waiter, who was not an native English speaker, couldn’t understand what I was trying to order so I, by accident, tried explaining it to him in German.  He didn’t understand that either. I ended up not getting what I wanted, but since I was just trying to order a raisin croissant, it was no big deal.

I also, to my great pleasure and excitement, got to watch a new episode of Agents of SHEILD on TV!  It has been over 3 years since I have watched a new episode of anything in English live on TV. Seriously, it is the little things that you miss the most whilst living the expat life. I also spent more money than I should have at Forbidden Planet (sci-fi store) but gods, I have missed geeky stores and the pure delight of being amongst your own kind.

London has grown on me.  I have always enjoyed visiting London but I could never see myself living there.  This weekend, I could, just a bit. This does not mean I am leaving Hamburg.  I’m not done with this place yet. However, it is always good to have a back-up city for if or when I am ready to move on.

Now for the obligatory photos:

This is what is right outside our hotel.

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This was what was right outside my hotel. The only reason I got to stay at this wonderful hotel was that my friend was able to get the room for free. I’m forever in her debt.

The London Eye at night.

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The London Eye at night.

Trafalgar Square now features a big blue cock.

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Trafalgar Square now features a big blue cock

The iconic British museum atrium shot.

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No trip to London is complete without visiting the British Museum, just to see the Great Court.

Look kids, it's Big Ben.

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Another shot of Big Ben, just because I couldn’t believe my incredible luck to be staying right across the Thames from it.

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5 thoughts on “A Weekend in London

  1. I enjoyed reading about your trip to London. I’ll be going through the ‘culture shock’ when I return back to there in a few months…

  2. That’s hilarious. I was there the week before last, and I also took a picture of the big blue cock. The sculptor is from Essen, Germany!

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