Well I can't promise I will write about our holiday every day, but I will try to blog as often as I can. So at least once a day. If not, just keep an eye on my Tweets for quick updates!
Today I woke up around 9am. I did wake up throughout the night, despite the fact that I was very tired. The beds just weren't comfortable. The first day was a bit of a disappointment. But today was a new day.
The shower was okay, though not spectacular. And I have to say even the shower was broken. The temperature control anyway. It's a good thing it was a set to a good temperature.
Once I was squeeky clean, I packed our suitcase, my backpack, my messenger bag and ChEeTaH packed his backpack. After that we went downstairs to have a quick breakfast.
Breakfast. Yeah. We were seated by one of the personnel. Well she tried to get us seated at a certain table but I refused to sit there. The chairs were a bit too small for me. So stubborn as I am, I sat myself down on a nicer location and grabbed something to eat. It was a buffet so we could just grab whatever we wanted to eat. We went for traditional items like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, hashbrowns and a cinnamon roll like bun along with some jus d'orange. Later on we added coffee and some more bread with strawberry jam. Other than the scrambled eggs, all of this tasted great. The scrambled eggs were a little too milky for me. But maybe I should have slived up the bacon and mixed everything together. I'll try that tomorrow.
After breakfast we quickly got our bags from our room (room 215) and went downstairs again to check out, and check in again in another room! We feared we wouldn't be able to get another room. But we were lucky, and we got a new room. We're now in room 242!
The new room is closer to the elevator. We don't have any motorway noise here at all. We don't have balcony doors now, but a small window. And that's fine. Because we couldn't open the balcony doors anyway and the ventilation couldn't be fully closed so that meant more noise from the motorway. We can now hear the train woosh by. But it's not annoying, really quick and you hardly notice it.
This room doesn't have stains that caught my eye. The shower curtain is clean enough. The shower isn't broken. We had 2 rolls of toilet paper when we got in this room.
More importantly. The bed is great! It's the same kind of bed we had in the other room except this one is one whole bed and not two separate ones. It doesn't go up on the other end when you sit on it. And I just noticed, not that it is of any use to us right now, there's a bed underneath the bed, which is usefull for families sharing a room. Or friends. Whatever.
Anyway. Once we were done ditching our luggage on our hotel room, we went down again and booked a taxi. This taxi service costs £5. So that's okay. Doesn't matter which time of day. And the nice thing is, we asked on our way back today, the taxi service is a 24hr service. Niiiiice!
Taxi dropped us off at Edgware station and we decided to travel to Leicester Square today. When we got there we checked out China Town. This seemed more like Asia Town to me. There were Japanese and Vietnamese stores there as well! Doesn't matter, but I had to say it.
We went souvenir shopping. We visited a lot of cool stores. A few of them are National Geographic, Lush, H&M, Vans, The Cinema Store, Crest of London and more. I'll tell a bit about some of them now.
Stupid me, I found out this morning I had forgotten to take with me a brand new basic black longsleeve shirt. Really annoying, because most of my other clothing items were dependant on this black basic! So I tried to find a clothing store with affordable basic clothing that would also fit me. I'm not exactly average you know. I'll get back to this bit later on.
We visited quite a few sourvenir shops, but only bought some items at Crest of London. We don't have everything we want yet, so we'll be visiting this store or some other souvenir shop later this week.
I visited the Lush store for the first time in my life. I'm not sure if we have one in The Netherlands, but not nearby anyway. I had visited the website before and was really curious about their products. The girls at Lush were so nice and helpful! They gave me a tour around their store, showed me all their products, we could try them as well. My nose almost exploded in there lol, so many scents! Even ChEeTaH liked the store and tour. I ended up buying 'The Soft Touch' body butter for hands, 'L'il Lush Pud' bath ballistic, 'It Started With A Kiss' lip balm, 'Sugar Plum Fairy' sugar scrub and a tin can for the body butter! I also got a sample of 'A Ring Of Roses' body butter for shower, which is really nice as well! It all smells great and lasts a long time so it's worth the money!
I didn't even know there was a National Geographic store! Oh my goodness! Three floors of National Geographic goodness! From plushed animals from Lion King to photography books, they have it all! We ended up buying some souvenirs for others and some for ourselves. But I want to keep the souvenirs for others a surprise (not sure who's reading my blogs so... can't reveal anything right now). I didn't take any pics inside the Nat Geo store. Lots of security not looking too happy so I didn't bother to try.
We were thirsty so we bought something to drink at The Living Room. ChEeTaH got a coffee, I got a cappuccino and a bottle of Feel Good Sparkling Orange & Passion Fruit, which was really nice! We sat there for a while, relaxing. We watched the bartenders practice their cocktail shaking skills and a group of loud girls having a bachelorette party. Lol. They had too much to drink. Ah well. The bride to be was wearing a black veil. Hmmm. Mourning about getting married? Is marriage such a good idea then? Lol.
In between shopping, we walked to Green Park and took some pics at Buckingham Palace. By now my feet were really hurting. And my legs too. This will never improve I'm afraid, comes with the disease and all.
Then we got hungry. What to do? We spotted so many places to eat. But it was almost 5pm and that means the eating places were packed. We decided to look for a clothing store first, to find a basic black longsleeve top. No luck and my legs and feet were really killing me.
We walked around, asked some people if they knew some clothing stores around. No one seemed to know. We searched some more, and somehow we ended up in a street with a Vans store, and some other skate/punk clothing stores. The Vans store advised us to walk another 10 minutes to their other store because they had this black Vans shirt with a Vans logo on it. Now normally I wouldn't mind a Vans logo on it, but this shirt is meant for special occassion clothing items. The third store advised us to go to GAP or H&M. And they gave directions too!
We ended up in a street FULL OF clothing stores! Where had those been all day long? Anyway, we found H&M right away and I went to check it out. Luckily they had several basic longsleeve shirts in many different colors. I bought two nice black shirts, one with long sleeves and one with half long sleeves. So I'm all set for the rest of the week. Wasn't that expensive either. Great!
After this I was content enough. Still in a lot of pain but hungry, so eager enough to walk to the food section of Leicester Square/China Town. We chose Pizza Hut. Why? Well we love pizzas and we never really get to visit Pizza Hut. And if we do, in The Netherlands, it's more a fast food experience and this was a really nice place! Long waiting time though for large groups. But luckily we got a table right away, since there were only 2 of us. We chose a Supreme pizza. But we swapped the sausage and peppers for ham and extra pepperoni! We chose a cheese bite crust. Drinks were awesome. We chose coke. But we could get free refills. So we did get a free refill. And at the end we took home a slice of leftover pizza. Too bad I don't have a microwave here to heat it. But I didn't want to throw away the piece of pizza.
We traveled from Leicester Square to Edgware again. There I texted the taxi service. This was great, they got my text, because the taxi arrived shortly after come to pick us up! And here we are now, in the hotel room. It's pretty late. So I'll be going to bed soon. But today was really nice compared to yesterday! I'll probably blog again tomorrow!