Totally Tubular Dude

Our tour guide is friends with the Arctic Monkeys and I’m kind of dead inside.
May 30, 2016

As day three in London comes to a close, I’m starting to feel more comfortable with public transport. At first, it was terrifying; I didn’t really understand just how big the city of London really is. But after traveling to MCM ComiCon and Russell Square Gardens all on my own, I feel a lot more confident in my ability to navigate this city’s tube system.

So confident, in fact, that I navigated myself, Darrien, and Emily back from Camden Town today without using a GPS. And it went pretty well! We only got lost once. We made it back in the end, and we never even had to ask for help.

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London Tube Map

Although the tube system is great, I very much prefer walking around the city. Yesterday, my friends Libby and Ren took me on a walk through London’s Chinatown as well as showed me the Thames, the London Eye, and Big Ben. It certainly took us a long while to get to where we were going, but it was so incredible to get to see parts of the city I wouldn’t know about if we had just taken the tube.

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Some clock idk.

Today, we went on a tour of Camden with Unseen Tours. This was a walking tour of what is now my favorite part of London. Our tour guide, Mike, calls the tour the “Contrast Tour” and the name couldn’t fit better. Camden is a very diverse area; it is both the birthplace of punk music and also the home to some of London’s richest and most famous inhabitants. Needless to say, it’s now a goal of mine to someday join the Camden community.

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Famous punk venue in Camden Lock

It’s day three in London and I’m already in love. I can’t wait to see more of the city over the next two weeks!

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