So here’s the skinny thus far.. London is a fun town, reminds me of NYC with a Euro flare… but in these tough economic times for us American folks, by no means is it a good time for us to come and visit this city. Regardless of the exchange rate… which is something like 1:1.75 EVERYTHING here is ridiculously overpriced, to the point of unbelievability.
For example, Yesterday, after walking around for what seemed like hours, from Buckingham palace (we took the tour which was quite cool because it is only open to tourists in the summer months when ol’ Queenie is on vaca at Windsor, mom and I decided to grab a quick bite to eat at Harrod’s. (A world-famous department store equipped with clothes, and food items for the masses) We each ordered a simple reuben sandwich and a diet cola, a seemingly humble lunch in comparision to other options we might have entertained.
Sitting at a bar stool in the middle of this chaotic department store, youd assume that the price of the meal would be relativel to the surrounding environment. Despite the sensical, the meal ended up costing 35£ which for americans translates to upward of 60$!!!!! FOR LUNCH?!??! This city is ridiculous. It is very hard to find anything cheap, a one way underground ticket that took us 4 stops cost 4£ each, a total of around 16$. Great.
Despite the financial concerns, the city is wonderful, everyone here is very very nice and there are a surprising number of Italian folks, which is helpful because I have been able to brush up on my language skills before my Parma return in about 3 weeks time.
Today is my birthday, the big 2-2…. so I am opting to take a ride on the famous London Eye, maybe see the Tower of London (where Anne Boleyn was beheaded) or perhaps take my chances and go shopping in the Camden (which for local folks seems to be the seedier part of town).
Will update again as soon as I can, unless of course we run out of funding and I hve to resort to vagabond living for the duration of the trip (a distinct possibility).
Love from the land of Fish and Chips,