Currently, I’m sitting on an enjoyable 9-hour bus ride to Edinburgh, Scotland right now and we’re only about halfway, so I figured this is a good time to catch on my adventures over the last few days. This was pretty much the worst decision ever to take a whole day bus. I could’ve taken a night bus and been there this morning, but it was a little more expensive. This bus was only 19 pound (about $30), but the cheapest train I could find, which only would have taken about 4.5 hours, was about 50 pounds. To make this journey even more pleasant, I got stuck near the back of the bus by the toilet, so every time someone opens the door the whole back of the bus smells like piss for a few minutes. Gotta love excruciatingly long bus rides. Anyways, here goes.
One thing I’ve noticed about London is the amount of money here. Every time I turn around I see expensive exotic cars. I see more Aston Martins, Bentleys, and Rolls Royces in a day than I think I’ve ever seen back in the states. It’s crazy!!! I still turn my head every time I see one, and that’s not even mentioning the number of nicer BMWs, Mercedes, and Porsches.
I’ve done a lot of randomly wandering around the city the last couple days. Two days ago, I walked up to Regent’s Park, then up Oxford Street (which is one of the main shopping streets in London), over to Piccadilly Circus, then over to Trafalgar Square where the National Gallery is.
They had a Picasso exhibit going so I decided it would be worth the 6 pounds to go see it. It was definitely one of the better choices I’ve made in London, unlike that Dali Museum. They had not only a lot of his cubism paintings that he is famous for, but some of his earlier works as well. I wasn’t able to snap any pictures so I guess if you want to see it, you’ll have to come to London in the next two months or so before the exhibit closes. After I went through the exhibit, there was a mime street performer right outside the museum and that was pretty interesting.
Then I walked over to Leicester Square (for some reason pronounced Lester), then through Chinatown and around the Soho district. Even though Soho has some good nightlife the neighborhood is kind of shady, kind of like a smaller version of the Red Light district in Amsterdam. This is an amusing name for a restaurant.