as i’ve mentioned before, my recent trip to the united kingdom was a long-anticipated one. i originally envisioned it as a backpack-around-europe kinda thing but problems with logistics and my anxiety-filled final semester downgraded things to a quick romp around the british isles on an rm8000 budget, mostly aimed at meeting up with friends i haven’t seen since i left for clinical school.
it wasn’t very well planned – in fact, i went to scotland with no plans other than when i was to arrive and leave – and i had to improvise alot along the way, but it was the longest trip i’ve gone on without my family in tow and it taught me alot about self-sufficiency.
of course, i also got to see some pretty incredible sights which could not be captured adequately by my 6-year-old compact camera (6MP…imagine that!) but i did the best i could.
the photos in this post were taken on my first day in london, right before i hopped onto the train to manchester.
i walked past the british library on my way to kings cross railway station. i thoroughly regret not taking a look inside as the library houses some pretty famous works of literature. the statue’s called “newton” by eduardo paolozzi.
here’s an embarrassing story: i made the foolish decision to walk to hyde park from kings cross after looking at a map of london and thinking “heh, it doesn’t look that far, i shall just take a little stroll.” the little stroll took me a good 90mins, out of which 15mins was dedicated to walking the length of hyde park alone.
the best part of it all? i was making my way to hyde park in order to join a walking tour, which ended up lasting a good 3 hours.
i always took the tube after that.
statue of king george V outside westminster abbey, by william reid dick. i also did not make it into westminster abbey, which is a shame because i did not get to experience the surreal feeling of, as my friend put it, “having lots of famous people laid to rest under my feet.”