London, October 1-3
was a nice ending to our travels in Europe. When we got plane tickets
for this part of the trip, we decided to fly home from London for
maximum flexibility -- we weren't sure where we'd end up (certainly we
hadn't imagined it would be the Black Forest!), and London is
convenient from most anywhere in Europe. We hadn't planned
necessarily to spend any time in London, but we're glad we did.
We had plenty to keep us busy for two full days:
Another feature we hadn't anticipated was how convenient it is to travel somewhere where people speak English (or at least some version of it). Traveling long-term seems to accentuate day-to-day tribulations such as lack of communication. Often it's part of the fun, but we didn't mind a few days where we could communicate with relative ease.
The previous travelog hinted at ultimate success in finding a London hotel. After much searching we happened upon a large British budget hotel chain called Premier Inns. Our particular branch was located right in County Hall, the illuminated riverside building next to the giant ferris wheel (the London Eye) in photo 2, directly across the Thames river from Big Ben and the Parliament Building (photo 3). Even though it's a low-brow place, it's ranked #32 of over 1000 London hotels on the tripadvisor hotel review site, and we concur -- the location is superb, our room was gigantic, and service was surprisingly good. We recommend it to anyone making a cost-conscious visit to London.
Shortly after posting this travelog we'll be winging our way home for a month's hiatus from travel -- attending school and attempting to do some work. As Emily famously said when we arrived in Morocco: Get ready for culture shock.