There are a few myths about London, the main one being that it always rains. It does not always rain; it does, however, almost constantly mist. There are a few things you hear that are true though. For instance, the dollar sucks in comparison to the pound (and the euro for that matter) and some banks charge as much as five bucks for every international transaction… in case you’re wondering, my bank would be one of them, and I was not aware of that small detail until after I had already got back home. English tea is everything it is cracked up to be. Brits don’t seem to be much for “small-talk” with people whom they don’t really know, but they are extremely nice and helpful if you’re in a bind or need directions. Pubs, bars, and clubs don’t ask for id, for anyone… big change from the US. There is no ice given unless specifically requested, and lemons are put in sodas. They will also look at you like you’re crazy if you ask for a refill or if you ask for the check instead of the bill. They also get upset if you ask for the bill to be split. Menus are posted outside almost all restaurants, and tax is included in all listed prices, so what you see is what you pay. London is full of people from all around the world, it has any and every kind of food you could ever want or imagine, it’s an amazing place to go for the theater, and I could sit and listen to Brits talk all day.
I’ll never be able to make anyone understand exactly what London was like. It was unique, phenomenal, historical, full of diversity, and bustling with life. It was unlike any place I have ever experienced and I have such an urge to go back. I could talk all night but I won’t drone on. Hope you enjoyed the pictures; Paris will come soon.