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Girls Weekend in London! – Geek Turned Athlete

Girls Weekend in London!

It took me about 2 weeks to get this recap done!  I’m still waiting for my friends to send me their pics!!  For now, until I update the post, you will have to deal with a combination of my pics and some really crappy pics that were posted on facebook. :)

Let’s begin!  The snow was so bad the night before we were supposed to take off, and it was only going to get worse.  So, we decided to drive to the airport (about an hour away) the night before to make sure we didn’t have any delays.   We stayed in a dinky little German hotel, and all three of us slept in this bed.  Here are the ladies modeling their stuff.   DSC05669 I was in the middle, and it was literally “nut to butt.”  Well, we don’t have nuts, but if we did, my nutts would be up against someone’s butt.  Please excuse the military term.  That is what happens when you hang out with too many military people.  Anyway, I couldn’t move, and I probably got a total of 2 hours of sleep.  We took our time getting ready in the morning since we were staying in a hotel that was a five minute drive from the airport parking after all.  Hahaha.  Yeah, we were so stupid!

After taking 10 minutes to get to the parking, the shuttle didn’t show up where it was supposed to, and drove right past us.  We were 2 miles from the airport with huge bags.  Running was the only option.  Dragging our luggage behind us, running/shuffling in Ugg boots, in the snow and ice in 20 degrees, we desperately tried to get to the airport.  This was not how I imagined my first run to be like after being in bed with pneumonia all week.  I was wheezing, and Katie was running up ahead.  Thank goodness she got up to the counter and didn’t wait for us.  They had just closed boarding for that flight 5 minutes before.  She got the check-in person to talk to the pilots who okayed us checking in!  Next obstacle: the extremely long, scary looking security check point line.  Katie walked right up, and asked if we could get in front.  She has some balls!  I wish that I could be like that!  You never know until you ask, right?  Getting back to the story, they let us cut in front (I think they felt sorry for us), practically ran through customs, and were one of the last few people to get on the plane.

Ryan Air is very inexpensive to fly around Europe.  The seats don’t even recline!

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This was my “tired, shocked that we got on the plane” look at 6:30 in the morning!    This is also the beginnings of a “fro” weekend with the hair!DSC05671

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We had to take a train, then the “tube” to our hotel.  This pic was taken at the train station.katie1

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This was our hotel that we stayed at!  Beautiful!  Because we all travel so much over here, we have priority points with Hilton hotels!

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This was the view from right outside the doors.  DSC05966

The lobby!  It was so freakin’ nice especially for how cheap the room was AND we were upgraded b/c of our points!DSC05680

After we got there around 8:30am, our room wasn’t ready, but the desk clerk told us that since we were diamond club members, we could go up to their special area and have breakfast!  We were starved!  DSC05688

The food there was just amazing!  I had the most amazing lox and another type of smoked fish with some fruit.  It was not a dinky hotel breakfast at all!  DSC05695

There was no time to waste.  As soon as we got done eating, we hit the streets in search of outfits to wear to the Phantom of the Opera and to go clubing!

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We kept giggling every single time we saw this.  I wonder if the Brits just think Americans are really immature.  We are. hehekatie14

And trust me, we needed reminding when crossing the street!  We almost got hit several times!katie9

I found a dress, but it was too cold to wear it!katie18

When we got back to the hotel, our room was ready for us.  Here is Katie modeling the bed!DSC05707

And Hattie, unknowingly modeling the desk and television area.DSC05709

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Bathroom!  This hotel room was huge!  We had another cot brought up, and I gladly slept on that later that night!  I was surprised that I was still awake after 2 hours of sleep at this point.  DSC05711

Katie and I rushed to get ready for the play, and took a taxi to get there!DSC05712

Our feet were already killing us, and we only had to walk out of the hotel directly to the taxi.  It was going to be a long night!  Yes, I need some sun!katie21

We jumped and ran into the theatre and directly to will call 5 minutes before the play started.  We told the customer service rep our names, and he couldn’t find us.  He asked us for our confirmation sheet, and Katie pulled it out of her purse and gave it to him.  He was so kind to let us know that Katie had purchased the tickets for the next weekend, not this one.  Lovely!  The only tickets that were left were the cheap ones behind pillars and 70 pound ($130) ones.  Um, no.  So, we decided to do the next best thing: got to the Italian place next door and share a bottle of wine to drink away our sorrows of missing the play.  It worked!  This was taken with the first glass of wine…DSC05722 which quickly turned into this:DSC05719And, we realized that this shirt does not photograph well.  Notice the bra?  Yes, I was that girl with the exposed undergarments.  At least I had a shawl to cover it up!

We got back to the hotel room after more drinking and shopping and had to change to go out!  I was NOT walking around in those heels for the rest of the night!  This was my third outfit of the day!DSC05726

We walked for a good hour trying to find this bar called the Vinetropolis.  I think that was what it was called.  I have no idea.  I was ready for bed at 7, but we met there at 9pm.  (I will be replacing this pic with a better one!)katie4

We had dinner reservations at Nobu for 11pm.  I know it was late, but it was the only time we could get.  I’m usually fast asleep at that time.  I can’t believe I was still awake at this point!

DSC05728I didn’t really like Nubu.  The wait staff was snobby, and the clientele seemed to be along the same lines.  I guess a lot of celebrities go there, or so I am told.  They didn’t want to wait on us, and practically ignored our table.  To top it off, one piece of sashimi (Yes, ONE, not two, piece) of sashimi cost 4 pounds.  This was $7 for a tiny piece of raw fish.  Maybe, I’m cheap when it comes to my sushi, but I felt violated upon leaving after paying the bill and dealing rude people.

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After dinner, we decided to hit the clubs.  We asked a taxi driver to take us to some clubs, and he took us to a place where there were only 3 clubs, and they were all conveniently at capacity.  Looking into all of the clubs, they looked empty to me.  I thought they were full of crap.  We had two guy friends with us.  Maybe, they just didn’t want the guys?  I don’t know.  We hailed another taxi after wandering around aimlessly for a while, and the taxi driver conveniently didn’t know where our hotel was.  He ended up dropping us on the opposite side of the bridge, and it was a good 25 minute walk once we figured out where we were going to get back to our hotel.  I didn’t crawl into bed until 3:30am.

We woke up at 8:30, got dressed, ate a fabulous breakfast at the hotel for FREE, and headed out for some sightseeing!  I was pretty much a zombie though.  I had the worst hangover!DSC05732

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We went up in the London Tower Bridge.  It was really cool to learn about how it works!DSC05754

The “engineering room” of the London Tower Bridge!DSC05775

Afterwards, I was in desperate need of a Starbucks and pretty much ran towards it since I don’t live near one in Germany.  On the way, there were a bunch of men buying flowers for their significant others!  I told them that they were being great husbands/boyfriends, and they just laughed at me!  Well, they were.  It was so sweet. :)DSC05780

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Yes, yes, we were pretty much obsessed with the bridge!  It is beautiful, isn’t it?  This was taken after lunch.  I had somewhat recovered from my handover for a little while at least.  Pumpkin curry always helps too!DSC05784

Some random coffee shop.  I thought it was pretty cool.DSC05789

The area that we were walking in.DSC05792

Then, we walked around some more!  We hit up the fair area that is around the London Eye.DSC05820

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Hattie had to have her cotton candy.  I definitely ate some it.  I hadn’t had any since I was ten years old.  It was awesome!DSC05803

Street performers.  That guy is in a bowl!  His feet are behind his head.  That is pretty much how I felt with my hangover! lolDSC05805

I tried so hard to get a better picture of this lady in a Winnie the Pooh costume smoking.  I thought it was so contradictory and funny (I have a really warped sense of humor if you haven’t noticed)!  This was the best I could get though.DSC05807

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Big Ben…

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Big Ben is actually the bell inside the clock.

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Parliament…DSC05837

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St. Margaret’s Church…DSC05870

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We stumbled upon a group of people gathered around this area.  We asked what all the hype was about.  This was where the prime minister lives.  Oops.DSC05889

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We ended up having a nice dinner with all the girls for Valentine’s Day later that night.  I think that we were all hurting from the night before and went to bed early.

The next day, we took our time eating breakfast and checking out of the hotel.  Our hotel was literally to the right of this view.  That is why you are seeing this so much!DSC05901

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We really wanted to see the crown jewels so we headed to the DSC05920

Taking a tour of the tower before the crown jewels…DSC05918

The guards would wear this hat!  It was so heavy!DSC05926

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The line for the crown jewels!DSC05928

They had all of these “chairs” in there with the family bloodlines on them.  We were not supposed to be taking pictures (or probably sitting in the chairs), but we got away with this one!  We were yelled at right after the shot was taken!  Totally worth it though!DSC05931 Sorry, no pics of the jewels, but know that they were gorgeous!

We were starving at this point, and we still hadn’t been in a pub!  So, a midday beer was in order!

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I think my beer was called a honey ale?  I have no clue, but it wasn’t bitter and that was a plus.

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This was a super cute pub.  It had tons of personality to it, and the hubby would have loved it!  Here is a pic of the bread pudding that we ordered.  The Brits know how to make good bread pudding!DSC05944 We also had a wonderful hummus/veggie plate and fish and chips!

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Refueled, we hit up St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Beautiful!  DSC05953

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After some more shopping, we headed back to the hotel for a quick snack and an impromptu photo shoot out on the balcony on the top floor of the hotel.  We managed to scare a couple who were sitting up there into leaving in the process.DSC05977

We actually got to our flight on time!  Amazing!  It was a late flight, but we were still wound up from the weekend!  A guy kept farting in front of us, and it was stinking really bad.  We were laughing and cracking jokes.  We were trying to block the smell from getting through the cracks, but nothing was working!  Getting in past midnight, I’m sure people were annoyed with us, but we were having a great time!  Yes, we were those annoying loud people on the plane that I normally have to drink to tune out! DSC05985

All in all, it was a lovely trip, and I can’t wait to go back with my husband!  For the most part, people were really friendly (minus a taxi driver, a few club owners, and a snooty restaurant), and I mean that!  There is so much to see, and the days went by so fast!   Three days is not enough time to see London!  Time flies when you are having fun!!

{ 10 comments… add one }

  • Kendel February 27, 2010, 11:28 am

    Your trip looks amazing. I’m glad you and your girls had such a great time. I agree that there is too much to see in only 3 days! You will just have to go back!

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  • Abby February 27, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Wow! I’ve always ALWAYS wanted to go to London.. you’ve just increased that desire!!! Seems like an AWESOME time!

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  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous February 27, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Loved this post!! I was wondering where your London recap was :) Looks like you had so much fun….. I love it there too!

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  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices February 27, 2010, 9:45 pm

    I am dying to get to London and hope to in the next couple of years. I enjoyed reading your recap so I could get a taste of it!

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  • 'Drea February 28, 2010, 12:19 am

    Love the shocked and post-wine pictures.

    Can’t say that I’m a fan of reclining seats because if everyone doesn’t recline, someone is going to end up in such a cramped little space. I was completely feeling Mitt Romney a few weeks ago.

    Also, it’s about time that you started sporting a ‘fro. 😉

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  • Alison February 28, 2010, 5:00 am

    Looks like a great trip! My favorite photos were the flowers. I swear I am obsessed with spring this time of year!

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  • Laura Georgina March 1, 2010, 8:36 pm

    Awesome trip! I miss being close to London (and though I don’t miss the evilness of Ryanair, they ARE pretty unbelievably cheap–some of my best trips were had after a sardine-tin ride on a Ryanair plane!)

    I tried to go clubbing in London a few times, but it was actually hard to find good clubs (same problem of long line plus empty club, over and over). The pubs are way nicer :-)

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  • Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear March 2, 2010, 1:48 am

    I absolutely love all of the photos – there are some great shots here. Also, I’d like to add that I adore your style. With every outfit I was thinking to myself, “Man I need to go shopping.” I especially love the one you changed into after your theater plans went awry.

    The Winnie the Pooh picture? Classic. I would have done the SAME THING.

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  • Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me March 2, 2010, 7:05 pm

    What a blast! Love the pictures. I’ve never been to Europe and I hope to go one day and see the sites!

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  • Marisa March 3, 2010, 4:14 pm

    love the pics!! Looks like you gals had tons of fun. I’ll have to get your trip details from you…So I know where to stay (we’re points people too). Don’t you just love stinky people on a flight! grr :)

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