i think i'm up to about day 4 of my trip, i suppose. already i'm losing count; but so it is brilliant. although right now i'm in this dingy room at a hostel, that they call "the chill out room", and it is kind of gross, except for this keyboard which is the best one i've used since i left home :P ANYWAY ! the first 2 full days of my trip (so i guess that means i'm really up to day 3) i spent in london; shopping on oxford street on monday, sightseeing yesterday. went to Westminster Abbey, saw the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, went to the Tower of London and saw the Crown Jewels, took a river cruise down the River Thames, as well as driving past several other historial places around the city.
today i started on one of my tours, the 7 day Haggis Britain tour -- except there's only 2 of us on it !! a girl named michelle, who's also from australia, is the other person, and luckily we get along great. it's strange, we basically have a private tour guide... they have a no cancellation policy, hence why they are running a tour with just the 2 of us on it. this was my first trek out of london, and the contrast is amazing. the air feels fresher, crisper, there are little villages and thatched cottages everywhere we go. we got out at Uffington to see the White Horse (supposedly carved into the hillside 3000 years ago), and walked for about a kilometre in the brisk air -- the lush green fields and serenity of the countryside makes you feel so alive and free. london makes you feel alive too, but it feels sort of oppressive too. we then went on to Avebury to see the standing stones -- another stone henge, really. these ones are 6000 years old and weigh about 60 tonnes each, and are set up in stone circles amongst the hills. there is meant to be earth energy where they are situated (leylines under the ground) - it was a place of worship and every year there are pagan festivals there. there was one last week, and i'm sorry that i missed it; it would have been fascinating.
we drove past Lacock cathedral -- which is used as the exterior of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies. will definitely post pictures when i get back home ;) then continued on here, to Bath; where we checked into our hostel (which is fairly decent, apart from this room here), then michelle and i went on to see the Roman Baths, which were fascinating. so much of it is still real, authentic, from nearly 2000 years ago; it is amazing. history, of a different kind.
this whole trip so far has been immersed in history, and i love it.
have also seen musicals -- i think i mentioned i saw FAME on monday night (i can't remember when i updated this last), and THE LION KING last night. both were fabulous, sigh. the west end theatre is just brilliant. i always wanted to be there.
i am very tired. tonight is going to be an early night; i love everything i'm doing and seeing, but i haven't been getting much sleep and it's starting to catch up with me already. i have moments where i desperately miss everyone back home, where everything reminds me of one person or another, where it's not lonely but i miss the people close to me. it's nice to be out of london right now; i don't think i could live there after all, it feels refreshing to be in the country. but there's so much in london that is just brilliant - i do wish i didn't live on the other side of the world from this amazing country ;) this really is a wonderful experience.
thinking of you and hoping you are all well xxx