London

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In January of 2015 I decided to take a trip to Europe all by myself. My first stop was in London, England. It was definitely me stepping out of my comfort zone! I had been out of the country before, but never alone! London was a great place; The city was very clean, very easy to travel around, and people were willing to help almost at every turn.

While I was there I stayed at a hostel. For those of you who don’t know what a hostel is, it is like a hotel but you share the room with other people. You can choose to have a private room but it cost more a night. My room had 4 people in it, including myself. It costed about 25 euro ($28) a night, including breakfast. I stayed at the Safestay (Elephant and Castle).

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144-152 Walworth Rd, Elephant & Castle, London SE17 1JL, United Kingdom

The staff and people I met there were very friendly. While I was there I took the Underground (subway) pretty much everywhere. It was about a 5min walk from my hostel. On the first day there I arrived very early, so once I checked into the hostel and dropped off all my stuff I went on an adventure to find some breakfast!

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The Electric Elephant Cafe

While I was wondering the streets near the hostel, I stumbled upon The Electric Elephant Cafe. They were very nice, and I enjoyed an amazing egg and ham sandwich on an English muffin! After my wonderful meal, I hustled back to the hostel to get some wifi so I can see what other kinds of adventures I could find since I was only going to be there for 2 days before I left for Paris. My first sightseeing spot was the Natural History Museum!

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The Natural History Museum in London

On the second day I was there I hit all the big stops! I started my morning at Buckingham Palace! And No, unfortunately I didn’t see any of the guards 😦
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In front of Buckingham Palace there is this beautiful statue called the “Queen Victoria Memorial”. I caught it with the sun behind it to get a nice silhouette!

After I finished at Buckingham Palace and looking at the shops I decided to try and find the nearest underground and that’s where I kinda got lost. As I left Buckingham Palace I went the wrong way and got lost trying to find the Victoria stop for the underground. Then low and behold I stumbled upon the super fancy part of London!

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Had to take a pit stop at one of the fanciest McDonald’s I had ever seen. They had free wifi so I could figure out where I was!

Once I figured out where I was, I was able to just walk down the street and eventually see Big Ben and the London Eye in the distance. I was quite a nice walk, but it was windy as hell, and this was the one day I decided to look cute and wear a skirt!

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Westminster Abbey ; The smudge on the photo is because someone bumped into me while it was drying and my finger smeared the chemicals inside the photo!
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Big Ben & The House of Parliament
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London Eye ; No I didn’t get to ride it.
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I asked the guy behind me if he could take my picture and he just shook his head, wishing I had a “Selfie Stick”.

After I finally got to that destination, I hoped on the underground right by the bridge and went to Trafalgar Square.

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Right as you exit the Underground you get this amazing sight!
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My favorite part was the Big Blue Rooster they had as a statue there!

London is an amazing place and I can’t wait till one day I get to go back!

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Me at the hostel after my days journey ready for a nap! (I’m looking rough 😛 )

With Love,

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