Emma Lisa and I were packed and ready to go Friday morning and our adventure started at the train station in Hoorn.
From Hoorn we caught the train to Amsterdam where we got off and got another train to Belgium. I took a photo of every train station we went to. So here we are in Amsterdam, waiting for our next train.
From here it was an hour on the train to Belgium where we all entertained ourselves with various magazines and books and assignments.
this is the lovely view of belgium from the train
The Belgium train station was so busy, everything was in French so that was a bit of a problem. Luckily Lisa speaks just about every language under the sun so she was able to translate for us. We didn't have much time in Belgium, just enough for Lisa to have a cigarette,
and to see this guy passed out on a bench
and also to buy some disgusting fast food before we had to check in on the eurostar.
Once i had gone through british customs i started to get really excited and it actually hit me that i was going to London. I think this was mainly because the man who checked my passport had a lovely english accent.
So here are the girls waiting at the Belgium Eurostar station.
Emma and Lisa both fell asleep on the train
Aren't they precious? Shortly after this photo was taken i fell asleep, i like to think i would have looked like this too but i have a horrible tendency to sleep with my mouth hanging open. I woke up just as we came out the otherside of the tunnel and from there it wasn't long before we were rolling into St Pancreas International Staion.
Even better than i imagined, more than i could ever want. Shockingly though i did not buy anything from Topshop while in London. Crazy i know, it doesn't really make sense but heres the thing. I have always said i like quantity over quality, and here even though the quality was so good it was also expensive. And i had heard rumours of Primark prices so i wanted to save my pennies (because i actually had pennies now) So i walked around, i savoured, i enjoyed and i marvelled and then we went on our way to find Primark.
I had only found out about Primark a few days earlier when i saw a Coat in a Dutch magazine and Lisa told me how good it was and more importantly how cheap it was. I may be majorly behind in the times but i made up for it on this night. I think we spent over 2 hours in here, trawling every floor and every section for the best bargains i have ever found, even with the Pound/Aussie Dollar conversion rate! Emma Lisa and I ended up splitting up because it was so busy in there and you could really only look out for yourself while trying to grab everything and anything you saw. In the end we only left because the store was closing and we agreed to come back the next day anyway.
The underground was so much easier to navigate than i thought it would be and it is no surprise it is so packed all the time because it is the most efficient way to travel around London, in my inexperienced opinion anyway.
Back at the hostel we headed down to the bar to check out the scene. The scene turned out to be very noisy and boring so the three of us sat and watched wrestling on the TV and i occasionally stole glances at a couple making out in a corner booth. Young Love.
We headed to bed early that night because if boredom didn't kill us the cold would. (this is in no way a reference to Emma and Lisa's company which is great, it is more a reference to the lame hostel bar, which i'm sure would have been fun if we had all skulled 5 jugs of frozen margarita's)
The next day we were up bright and early to go on a FREE walking tour of London. We left the Hostel as a group and followed a homeless looking tour guide to Hyde Park Corner via the underground and from there we met up with even more free tour walkers and we were all split into smaller groups and assigned each a guide. It was stunning weather as we set out.
and down Pall Mall to Trafalger Square and the National Gallery