London, 2012 Europe Trip – Part 1

For 10 days or so, my mum and I decided to take a trip to Europe, specifically London, UK, and Paris, France. It was my mum’s first time to Europe, my first time to the UK, and our first trip together with just the two of us, so we didn’t really know what to expect. Also, it was my dad’s idea that we go in the first place, and he had suggested the trip only a few weeks earlier, so we didn’t have much time to prepare and research places to visit and such. In a nutshell, we didn’t know what to expect at all.

Our “hotel” was a small flat run by a Korean couple. There were basically three rooms, one of them which had been converted to a quasi-dormitory with a bunch of bunk beds. The other two were just like small hotel rooms. VERY small hotel rooms. Our room had a window, thank goodness, though it only led out to the iron fire exit stairs outside. And the room was just large enough to contain a queen sized bed and a small dressing table. At least the bed was extremely comfortable 🙂

After checking in and resting for the night, we woke up refreshed and ready to go in the morning the next day. Our hotel stay included a home-made Korean style breakfast every morning, which was amazing! The Korean lady was an amazing cook. We had our meals in the dormitory room, along with all the other people staying at the place. Although the communal eating space was a bit cramped, we had a lot of fun talking and sharing information on getting around London.

Our first stop was the British Museum. Taking the tube for the first time was a little frightening because I have never taken the subway before (except in Korea). But it was a lot like Korea (except everything was in English, duh), and the trip was very straight-forward. And there weren’t any drugged up hobos like I had expected either, probably because the tube tickets were so expensive so the hobos couldn’t get in the stations in the first place.

The façade of the building was actually quite small and plain, so we were really surprised when we went in and saw building after building (or entrances after entrances), encased in a dome of glass ceiling. Woah. Talk about unexpected. The museum was huge! And because it was so big, and we couldn’t possibly look at all of the exhibits, we looked at the most famous ones.

The Egyptian Galleries were very impressive, although very crowded, and there were artefacts such as the Rosetta Stone, which were very interesting. My favourite part of the galleries though, were the mummies. There were tons of mummies of people, and it was fascinating to see how little the bodies had decayed. There were also mummies of animals! Those were cute.

Fish Mummy! The wooden coffin is a cute touch 😀

There were plenty of other galleries that we looked through, and we could have been there all day, but we didn’t have the time. We had lunch outside the museum, munching on cheap hotdogs while feeding the yucky parts to the more than willing pigeons.

Signing off,
Marie

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