22.12.2009 0 °C
Our last day in London started off with a trip to the Tower of London. Listening to Matt (for once) we got there shortly after it opened and there was no one else there! We went straight to the Crown Jewels so that we could take our time looking at them and not have to push and shove to see them. It was a bit of a pain that we couldn’t take photos (security I know but still). We then wondered through towers with names such as Bloody Tower. Including the one where Anne Boleyn was held captive in the last days of her life.
After the Tower of London we did some gift shopping, (well I did Catherine watched) and then it was off to our airport hotel. And might I say we were both very much looking forward to having nice warm showers, watching TV, lying in a nice comfy bed and so forth. The journey however ended up being much more complicated then we had thought (nowhere on the internet has it stated which terminal the hotel was near, and Heathrow is MASSIVE). Two trains and one bus later and we were there. The bed was incredible; Catherine immediately put the heating up to 22. Having a restaurant also made it easier and more relaxing dinner.
After arriving in Copenhagen (Catherine made it through the flight thanks to some drugs) it was funny that we didn’t have to fill out any immigration forms and just stamped our passport and we were in. After mucking around organising trains to Prague we were off to Hellerup. Upon leaving the station, I walked out the wrong way and was very confused as to what was going on. Luckily Amber was calling me back and she faced me in the right direction (what can I say I was only eight after all). We walked up the main road and it wasn’t long before I could see the faithful BR sign. It was a quick look inside and then off down the street to my old house. The street is much smaller then I remember it being, but the house is exactly the same (apart from the front, thought there was more room). I did some snooping around, and got a look at the backyard, looks like the bouche pit and sand pit are gone however it could have just been under snow.
I didn’t end up going to Rygaards as I didn’t think I would have enough time (and wasn’t sure I wouldn’t get lost!). We went to see the statue of the Little Mermaid, and can I say that I remembered what the name for her was so I didn’t get lost one bit! I don’t remember the second statue being there, but it was nice to see it. Since it was cold someone had made penguin ice sculptures that were places near the statue.
It was then back to central Copenhagen and time to find food to get us through our 12 hour train ride! It was while wondering around that I noticed Tivoli and the colourful cinema. This was a nice surprise.
We met up with Katelyn after dinner and it was off to Prague. Our trip to Prague was long, two trains and one bus. The overnight train was like the Hogwarts trains (and the same I had been on to Austria back in the day). After waking up, we found out that the train had been delayed by 2 hours, yup there goes all our connections. After getting to our stop and organising other connections, the train was delayed again, and yes we had to reschedule the bus again! Never rely on trains!
please disregard my awful hair!
We arrived late in Prague, and due to the language barrier it took us a while to work out where we needed to go (and after consulting with a map a few dozen times). The hostel is actually really nice, the shower heads are a bit weird, but other than that it’s pretty good. We went walking to find some food and it was then that we realised just how cheap everything was! We had dinner at a little Italian restaurant, and I think we scared the people there as we were all very loud, having just spent 24 hours travelling and only now just catching up properly with Katelyn. We ended up meeting these guys (who we believed to be from Czech) and were talking about them when we realised as we were about to leave that they understood every single word we had said! They told us they were going to go to a pub after dinner and we said we might come down. After going back to the hostel and getting ready we headed out to the place for a few drinks. Which turned into many.