Thursday, August 27, 2009

London is a Roost for Every Bird (Originally Posted 4/10/08)

A quotation from Benjamin Disraeli, Former British Prime Minister who lived in London from 1804-1881. And from what I've seen, that statement seems to be true today as well. London is a microcosm of the world.

There are so many different nationalities living in London that I would venture it's hard to guess who among the crowd are born and bred Londoners.
I see more Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai restaurants than I see pubs and I don't think that it's reserved to any one part of the city for it seems to be like that everywhere I've been today.

And the people...the people have all been wonderfully nice. No one has really commented on my accent, or lack thereof, and I've easily understood most of the people to whom I've been speaking unless it's been a really heavy English accent. Even the lady standing behind me as I tried to refill my public transpo card was politely impatient.

All in all, the people have been great.
In Bath, everyone to whom I asked directions of were very helpful and one shop woman actually walked out of her shop with me to point me in the right direction. Several people reminded me to "mind the traffic" (I think they were trying to tell me to not to get run over in front of them).

Today, I met up with an email pal I met through a women's travel network called HerMail allows you to write anonymously to women living in the area to which you're traveling and ask them for hints or advice. I wrote, Ann answered. We wrote back and forth a few times and set up a time and day to meet for lunch. It was nice to have a friendly face, good food, and good conversation when you're traveling by yourself.

Last night, while eating dinner at the pub around the corner from where I'm staying, I got to chatting with a couple next to me that were on holiday from Australia. I guess what I'm trying to say is that no matter where we choose to travel, it's nice to know that there are other birds out there willing to show you in which direction to fly.

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