I remember the first time I went to Europe. I had planned it extensively. One of the luxuries I had was complete and total freedom. Essentially, this meant I googled cheap flights. London was originally a three night stopover on the way to Sweden. I was with my great friend Amelia, and when we arrived, we were exhausted from the shenanigans in Germany the night before.
Unfortunately, I could not sleep. While my friend rested, I ventured down into the hostel’s Pub. London Backpackers Hostel is one of those fabulous hostels that has a restaurant and pub located in the hostel, and connected to the street. The food is standard pub food, but after a 3 am red eye flight and less than three hours of sleep, the sausage and eggs tasted as though they arrived straight from heaven. As I sat down to eat breakfast, I heard some travelers talking at the next table. Being the extrovert that I am, I went over and introduced myself.
Within minutes, I found myself invited to go on a tour of London, brought to me by genuine Englishmen. How on Earth could I have said No!?
We left promptly. As I walked outside, I couldn’t help but think of all the works of literature conceived on the narrow, winding streets where I was walking. Our first stop was at Burough Market– which is very close to the London Backpackers’ Hostel.
It was incredible! There were cheeses from Switzerland, Meats organically cultivated, Vegetables fresh from the garden, and sandwiches galore. The best part for this weary traveler? The free samples. Nearly every vendor offered some free item to try. It was as if I had been given a second breakfast: sorely needed after the time spent on the plane!
From there we passed the original Globe Theater, where Shakespeare’s plays were performed. Eventually, we walked to the business district, and eventually made it to Trafalgar Square. However, by the time we arrived it was pouring rain! Never, ever forget your umbrella and jacket in London.