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London

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

After Edinburgh came London. London was alright, but I think it would’ve been better to 1) have accommodation pre-booked and 2) visit with a friend. Once I arrived, I looked for hostels, but everything was booked (on a Thursday in November even!). So, I spent the night on the street. Needless to say, it was a long night, and quite the experience.

The one full day I had in London I managed to walk along the river, see the famous bridges, straddle the Prime Meridian, ride the London Eye, fill up with an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, and tour Westminster Abbey.

My flight back to the Netherlands was an early Ryanair flight, so I spent my second night in London at the airport. Overall Eurotrip II was a success, but looking back I probably would’ve done London a bit differently.

The night on the streets.

Piccadilly Circus water fountain with a newspaper: my home in London!

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Standing in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

Big Ben and Parliament from the London Eye.

Buckingham Palace.

My bed at the airport - it’s better than a water fountain!

Edinburgh

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Edinburgh – with its distinct Old Town and New Town districts – is an amazing city, and I have yet to meet someone who hasn’t thoroughly enjoyed it. I spent two really great nights in Edinburgh (one of which was Halloween), based at Budget Backpackers in the Old Town.

As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh has quite the history. The photos below, and their captions, tell some of that story, at least the version I heard.

Ronan, myself, and another Budget Backpacker at the Frankenstein on the nightly Old Town pub crawl.

Greyfriars Bobby, the fervently loyal dog, has become somewhat of an Edinburgh icon.

A stained glass window in St. Margaret’s Chapel, which is the oldest building in Edinburgh Castle.

Greyfriars Kirkyard (the graveyard a stone’s throw from Budget Backpackers) on Halloween.  Very, very spooky.

The Black Mausoleum inside Greyfriars Kirkyard on Halloween.  Google “Covenanters Prison” to read about all sorts of haunted tales that originate here.

Edinburgh castle and the Princes Street Gardens, which separate Old Town and New Town.

Newcastle

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Upon arriving in Newcastle, I made the decision to spend half of my time in the UK in Scotland (Edinburgh) and the other half in England (London). I bought a train ticket to Edinburgh, and I allowed myself enough time for a quick walk around Newcastle.

The Tyne Bridge.

Downtown Newcastle.

From Bergen to Newcastle

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

After Bergen, my next destination was the UK (specifically Newcastle) by way of the MS Queen of Scandinavia. The ~28 hour journey gave me a chance to enjoy the views of the North Sea and catch up on some homework.

Sunrise over the North Sea.

Doing some homework over a tasty all-you-can-eat seafood buffet.

MS Queen of Scandinavia at Newcastle’s port.

Bergen

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

In order to get better acquainted with the Norwegian culture, I utilized the CouchSurfing netvork to not only find a couch to sleep on, but also to meet a number of other CouchSurfers for conversation, drinks, and lefsa. Below are some photos from Bergen!

Brynjar and Julie (one of my hosts) playing in the leaves on our tour of Bergen.

Watching a concert in the underground Hulen concert hall.

Bergen, with more typical weather.

The (expensive!) nightlife in Bergen at Rick’s.

Brann, Bergen’s soccer team, won their first championship since 1963.  So, there was a parade!

Brynjar and I cooking up some salmon pasta during my last night in Bergen.

Henriette (my other host), her boyfriend, and their cat after the salmon dinner.