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.

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.

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.

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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