March 1, 2016, I arrived in London. Looking back, I felt a sense of excitement and disbelief as I trek my way out of Heathrow airport. I can't believe I have stepped foot in Europe! I was filled with gratitude but I remided myself not to get too emotional as I still need to find my hostel. :D
I made my way to the Underground Piccadilly line with my big 20-L backpack and cabin size luggage trolley. I changed to the Jubilee line at GreenPark and alight at Swiss Cottage Station. I then walked to find my hostel Palmer's Lodge to wait for my friend Dimsk to arrive there that day as well. I got a little lost finding tthe hostel as there is no visible sign and it looked like an old English school on the outside. A good Samaritan might have noticed me being lost in the rain and stopped to help me. It was a really good start despite of the rainy weather.
I was happy to meet up with Dimsk. I also love r hostel as it is a very old English building including the interiors. Their lounge area was very cozy and relaxing. It seems lots of young people stayed at the hostel.
I got giddy and excited seeing this red iconic London phonebooth!It was also funny someone left an empty bottle of wine inside.
The next day, we roamed around famous spots in London. It was not the first time for Dimsk there so he knows some landmarks. We also joined a Sandeman walking tour in the afternoon which was fun and educational. It was a free tour but they asked for whatever donation you can give in the end. I liked the tour and loved the beautiful old structures we saw along the way.
We then met with our other bestfriend, Christy and her family. They lived an hour away from London and we were soooo happy to see each other. The last time we were together was I think our highschool graduation. Dimsk was our valedictorian btw, he that smart which me and Chisty wonder sometimes why 3 of us became bestfriends. It was also a delight finally seeing our adorable god daughter, Maeve. She was sooo cute and so chill haha!
We were rushing to see the changing f the guards at the Buckingham palace but then it looks like it started to rain so Brian, Christy's hubby, suggested to go to the Royal Cavalry Museum to take shelter from the cold and upcoming rain. It was great decision as the changing of the guards started there. It was so cool to watch!
Over the next 2 days, me and my friends went to the British and Natural museum. It was sad as Christy and fam could only stay there for 2 days. If only I could tag them along my entire trip I would! :D
I am a Filipina, formerly based in Singapore and is now living permanently in Melbourne. Yet, I am really a global citizen at heart. :)