Well the money finally ran out and my ski bum fantasy has come to an abrupt end. Lisa and I have set up base camp in a share apartment living with a couple of English girls living in West London around 20mins on the train to the centre of London (She Bu for those of you that have spent a little time here).
The apartment is a crazy looking place above some shops that was used as an art gallery 10 years ago. The walls are different colors with some pretty strange features including a velvet wall that you can draw pictures on, and a lime green loungeroom. The bathroom takes the cake though - lets just say I think they must have put the wrong kind of mushrooms in the risotto they were eating the day they decorated...
View from the loungeroom
London loves your money so luckily we've both landed on our feet for work. Lis has been contracting at various hopitals in London and i'm wearing a suit and pretending I know what i'm talking about as a Marketing Exec for a global property consultancy KnightFrank. www.knightfrank.com
We've got lots of travel planned in Europe over the summer but thought we'd better get in a few English experiences before we head to the continent.
First stop was the Football (aka Soccer) when my buddy Adrian was visiting from Australia.
Another mutual mate of ours got us the tickets as he follows the team that were playing an away game. We sat in the away stand which is one of the ends behind the goal, they have to seperate the fans at the games over here so they don't punch-on.
Great atmosphere and thought i'd try getting some video of the action just as the only goal of the game was scored.
Next stop was a day trip down to Brighton Beach around an hour and a half from London. Seaside town though if you look closely the stones on the beach have a lot of waves to pound them before they start resembling sand.
Some of you might recognise this view, picture fatboy silm on a stage at one end with 40,000 filling the beach dusk till dawn - woop woop!
Next stop was Easter in Bath, site of the best preserved example of the Romans in England as well as lots of other impressive old grey stone things.
Bath Abbey where the first king of England was coronated.
The Roman Baths. This is where the Romans used to chill out between conquering nations. It's a natural hotspring that they built a bath house and steam room around over 2000 years ago.
Last stop on the way home from Bath was Stonehenge. They still don't know what it was really used for but there's plenty of theories so here's mine. I think it may have been the equivalent to the Aussie shed. Guys from the local town got together and built it to have somewhere to escape from their 15 wives and use the excuse they were just popping down the road for a quick religious ceremony...
The happy tourists at stonehenge
Thought I'd leave you with one of our unplanned English experiences. The last time I saw the Queen was at school in Australia when she was visiting and we all ran out to the road and waved at the big black car driving past with the white gloved hand waving out the window. This time I was walking to the train and saw a crowd gathered outside a new firestation so stopped to see what was going on. Few minutes later a big black car arrived and out she hopped to open the firestation. The crowd were yelling 'give us a wave' but all we got was a nice view of her ass as she jumped back in her ride.
The Queens Bum
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