London – Notting Hill

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After i arrived safely to England via RyanAir, the airline that makes a dentist visit seem less painful, i took a coach to the centre of London. It was almost an hour ride. i walked over to the Underground/Tube station and at the door a girl tried to hand me a compact disc or something, but i told her no thank you, i am broke. She asked me if i was visiting from France. “How did you know that?” i asked her suspiciously. i wondered if the government was keeping tabs on me. She told me that i have an accent.

i was starving, so i headed toward my friend’s house, but stopped along the way to eat the world-famous fish and chips. Kerbisher & Malt was recommended by a girl selling flowers, so that is where i ate. i was not disappointed because it was very delicious, but on the other hand, i was disappointed because i thought it was going to be something unique. It is only fried fish and french fries. i grew up eating fried fish and french fries, so i do not understand why it is so famous in England.

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i almost got hit by a small truck because i was looking the wrong way when i crossed the street, but the guy stopped just in time. He said something to me and smiled, but i did not quite understand it. i guess if you are going to drive on the wrong side of the road and have so many foreigners visiting your country, then you must need a bit of a sense of humour.

i arrived safely to my friend’s house with the help of his lovely French girlfriend. She was kind enough to come find me waiting near the train station.

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Both of them had to work, so i decided to go to Notting Hill. i was hoping to see Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, or at least a dodgy Welshman, but i was not lucky. It is actually a nice little area, but seemed quiet for a week day afternoon, except for the construction of the water pipe line on the main street.

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i was surprised to see the home of George Orwell in Notting Hill

i will have to return to find that famous blue door before i leave London, but i had forgotten the map at home and was really tired from the heat.

First impression of London. Awesome, surprisingly awesome.

more to come…

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