Day 2: | London
I allowed myself to sleep in and take my time. Usually If I have something planned, I stick to my schedule. My thoughts, “I’m not sleeping, I’m going to get started early and maximize my day.” Before I left, I was told to slow down by a friend and to allow myself to do nothing by my sister. So I listened.
Day 2 started with me waking up at 8:45am, taking my time to get ready and I was out and about by 11:15am. I decided to take an uber just to keep things simple and not complicated since I had a late start. I did absolutely zero research for this trip. I wanted to live as freely and spontaneously as possible. I had the uber drop me off in Notting Hill. The models from the night before were raving about it, so I figured, might as well. Plus I love that cheesy sappy movie. It worked out great since it was probably the most North I would have wanted to venture to anyways. This area was really adorable. Definitely a tourist destination, but worth the visit.
To my surprise there was a street fair type of thing, called Portabello Market. So I started from the top on one side, walked all the way down and walked back up on the opposite side. I made it the whole way without buying anything- wait that’s a lie. I bought postcards. I almost bought a couple gifts, but resisted. Hopefully I don’t regret that later in the trip.
I was starving, I’ve been eating one meal a day here, so I asked the shop owner I bought the postcards at what his favorite lunch spot was, somewhere the locals love. He recommended this place called The Grain Shop. It’s a vegetarian/vegan place. If you know me, having my first meal be a vegetarian dish is shocking, but it was delicious! Particularly loved the cauliflower and broccoli cheese thingy. Extremely popular for the locals, there was a steady flow or regulars that were greeted by name. Oddly they charged .40 to dine in.
After Notting Hill I took the bus to Buckingham Palace. I walked through Hyde Park, went to the palace, walked allllllll over the place from there. It was such a beautiful day, I took an hour nap at St. James park under the sun. Woke up and wrote in my journal and got some postcards out of the way. I had no idea where I was going, but I just walked towards structures that caught my eye.
Eventually I ended up at the London Eye, walked the bridge and randomly met Trevor Ariza. I knew I needed to eat fish and chips before I left London so I googled a place and landed me in the theatre district at a really awesome pub.
From there I don’t exactly know what I saw, but lots of tall statues, a fountain that wasn’t working and several museums. Eventually I ended up in the tube, to which I found was realllllly easy to navigate. I got lost about a million times in the NYC subway system, so I was a little nervous, but those nerves proved to be unnecessary.
Got back to the air BnB, crashed for an hour and then went out for a few beers with my host and his friends. He was kind and later ended up taking us to a gay bar because I mentioned I wanted to see what the scene was like. I loved it. Beautiful women. 😍 Black women with an English accent are pretty much irresistible. Haha.
Things that I discovered, it’s been difficult for me to have conversations. Can’t talk sports, my fallback and go to. Gotta work on my communication skills.
My favorite advertisement I saw this day was:
“The car says Playboy. The price says teaboy” SIXT Car Rental
A really eventful and amazing Day 2.