London? Yes, London. You know: fish, chips, cup ‘o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary fucking Poppins… LONDON.
Of course, one might wonder how come London is listed as a destination in what is supposed to be a list of countries? Well, when I’ve told people where we’ve been to (or were planning going to), I always started with London followed by a list of “proper” countries, and no one was ever surprised. Some people even say they will go to London and from there to Europe, implying that the great city is not even a part of Europe!
The funny thing is that we did not even want to go to London. The only reason we were there is that in the bizarro world of Round-The-World tickets it was actually cheaper to take the train to London, spend the night there and start the flying from Heathrow!
Since we were going there anyway, we had a plan for our visit. Not as extensive as some people’s plans for London, but I think it was a good plan. The plan was to go to Selfridges to see with our own eyes the Xmas department open and running in August and to meet Kristian. Yes, it’s a small plan. But we were only going to spend one evening there, so get off my back!
Kristian deserves a special detour. The guy seems to be on a quest to collect every European country into his resume. Of mixed Serbian, Bulgarian, Spanish and Portuguese ancestry, he was born in Sweden, grew up in Germany and France and Lord knows where else, lives in Holland and co-accidentally he was spending a month in London just as we were visiting there. Can you follow? I don’t. Told you he’s on a quest.
Well, the rest of the story is not that interesting. We’ve met Kristian, had a few beers, went to Selfridges (see the photo’s) and it was raining. London.
- August, London Xmas shopping season is open
The next morning we’ve taken the tube (can’t leave London without taking the tube) to the busiest airport in Europe and the round-the-world tour really kicked off. On to Ukraine!