I spent my 23rd birthday in London with 8 of the most amazing people I know!!!! The girls surprised me with a gluten free birthday cake on Thursday night. Friday afternoon we drove down to Epping and took the train into London that night. We then took the tube and then a bus to Deptford, which happened to be sketchville, but it was great!!!!! We ended up just going down to the bar that was below our hostel. It was a Jamaican bar. We were the only white people and myself, the lone asian. haha Lots of Reggae, lots of laughter, lots of dancing, lots of AWESOMENESS!!!!!
Saturday we woke up at 7:45 A.M. and took a bus to the London Bridge and went to tour the Tower of London. It was very interesting. We saw the crown jewels, the Bloody Tower, and the White Tower. It was a great experience and I wish we had more time there, but we were on a time crunch with shopping. haha Emily, Brandi, and I decided to break off from the group to do a bit of shopping. So, we took a bus to Charing Cross and then hopped on the tube to Piccadilly Circus. We found a store called "Lillywhite" which is a HUGE sports apparel store. It was 5 stories and they were having a 70% off sale. I got a backpack and a pair of running shoes from there. Then it was off to Oxford Circus where we spent an hour and a half in H&M which now happen to be Brandi and Emily's new favorite store. They had no idea that H&M existed. lol They were very impressed. I bought a tank top and a short sleeve sweater thing. We thought we might dress up to go out, but alas, we did not. We then went into Top Shop and I wanted to go hide in a corner. There were so many people there. I think there are more people in London than there are in New York City. It's CRAZY!!! People were everywhere!!!! We spent three hours shopping and only went to three stores. After shopping we met up with the rest of the group for dinner at "Ponti's Italian Kitchen" for my birthday dinner. It was a good choice, because the restaurant had gluten free dishes for Brandi!!! Dinner was fantastic! After dinner we went back to the hostel and went back to the Jamaican bar and had another FANTASTIC night! The DJ was continuously calling out that it was my birthday. There was dancing and lots more Reggae. lol We definitely closed down the bar that night.
Sunday morning we slept in till 10:00 A.M., went to Jenny's for breakfast, and then hopped on a bus and the tube to get to Camden to go to a market. The market was extremely crowded as well, but was pretty cool. Emily and I bought a pair of cute shoes at an ALDO outlet. We left Camden at 2:20 P.M. And it took us two hours to get to Epping, when it should have taken us an hour. The tube was closed in the direction we needed to go, so we were hopping buses and trains until we came upon a tube station that was open and finally got to Epping around 4:30 P.M. We then rode back to Feltwell an hour and a half, and the majority of us slept, as Hal drove us back. Yeah Hal!!! After we got back to Feltwell and dropped off our bags some of us went to the Commissary to do grocery shopping for the week. And then I FINALLY took a shower after three days. hahahaha Believe me, I was getting to the point where I could smell myself. There was no way I would shower at the hostel. It was a small box and I didn't have shower shoes, so there was no way!
Today, was an eventful day. I made a kid throw-up, I made a kid cry, and I got hit in the back with a baseball bat. I guess that the kid that threw-up came from lunch and the activity we were doing required a lot of running and I guess it was just too much. Luckily he made it to a trash can. The kid that cried apparently does that a lot and says that she's confused. So, I tried to explain things to her, but it just wasn't happening. So, there was a lot of encouragement from myself and her classmates, which I was very impressed about. She eventually stopped crying. In my Kindergarden class, I was apparently standing a bit too close to a kid at the tee-ball and his follow-through was a bit too much and hit me straight in the back with the bat. And it wasn't a soft bat.
So, that was it.