Monday, February 18, 2008

London ~ General

This concludes the chronicles of my London trip ^^*

London is a melting pot of cultures. On a single bus trip, you can see burqa-clad women sitting alongside turban-wearing men with beards down to their belly.

WEATHER

London weather is unpredictable! You can expect to wake up to grey skies, but have the sun out by lunch time. We were fortunate to have clear skies for most of the week.

TRANSPORT & NAVIGATION

Although I was only there for a week, I found the transport system to be fairly efficient. We only used buses, and had no need to use the tube. We were advised by many people not to use taxis as they are quite expensive.

Maps can be deceiving. What looks like a distance can merely be a ten minute walk from point A to point B.

EATING PLACES

Youll never run short of places to eat there are café’s, delis, coffee shops and restaurants everywhere! Its not that difficult to eat well on a tight budget (look for the nearest SUBWAY!) I was spoiled with choice with all the Indian eateries.

PEOPLE

Various shopkeepers couldnt be bothered to keep us waiting while they finished their personal phone calls. Strangers on the street or on the buses were willing to tell us which bus to take to which destination.

Bus drivers are also generally OK, and a few even looked for us in their rearview mirror to tell us that the stop we were at is the one we needed to get off!

NOTE: Always ask at least two people to verify directions (some people get a kick out of sending tourists in the wrong direction!)

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