Lady Luck is finally on my side! I slept-in today and after my shower, I had a burst of intelligence. I could use my in-room blow dryer to heat my hair and comb it into place. (I wouldn't dare use the blow-dryer I brought with me. I could blow a fuse again!) It didn't work out perfectly as planned, but at least I don't look like a curly Albert Einstein.
Also, I finally caught up with the tour group representative. She was very friendly and told me the closure of the underground meeting place and relocation to the inside of the Royal National Hotel had caused a lot of confusion. (Yay! I'm not alone!) She then told me that we were meeting tonight at 6 PM and we leave for Amsterdam tomorrow morning.
On my way back I stopped at Pret A Manger again and had exactly the same thing I had yesterday. It was still equally as good.
One of the small reasons I wanted to go to London was to collect a certain type of coin. The mint had taken the U.K. shield and printed parts of it on the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, and 50p coins, as well as the whole shield on the £1 coin. While in Pret I was going through my change and I found two of the coins I needed to complete the shield!
On my way back to my hotel room I took an elevator with a man named Mark. He's from Toronto and on the same tour as me!
Back home, my girlfriend just woke-up so I'm going to go call her and wish her a great day at school.
I'll talk to you later.
I just got back from the tour meeting. There will be about 39 of us on the tour.
At first, the woman (whose name is "Flip") was telling us about how we were going to take the bus to Paris tomorrow and all about the fun things to do in Paris. After a while of talking, her partner (named "Muffin") noticed all of our faces had a confused look on it and stopped Flip. She had gotten her tours mixed up! We were going to Amsterdam - but her next group was going to Paris!
There are people from all over the world on this tour. There's people form the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil and Australia, Maybe I'll be able to buy some foreign currency off the Brazilian and Japanese people.
We meet up at 6:45 AM tomorrow morning, so I'll have to leave the hotel at about 6:30. After all the trouble I've had making it to this meeting, I'd hate to sleep in tomorrow and miss the bus!
Oh, before I forget, I just brought breakfast for tomorrow at a local confectionery store (which are very common in this area of London; about two every block or so) and had supper at Pret again. I promise to mix things up a bit more in mainland Europe. Sorry for being so boring about my restaurant choices!
Well, I guess it's time to switch currencies in my wallet from Great British Pounds over to Euros. I still have over £150 left, but I still hope no women with small purple flowers find me!
Goodnight now. Hopefully my next entry will be from the city of my forefathers: Amsterdam.
Entered London with £350, left with £151.48
And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
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Last week Ford Canada flew my sister Krystal and I out to Prince Edward Island to take part in their Cross-Canada #FordEcoSport Tour. We were only the fifth of fifteen groups that will take part in the tour, so be sure to follow the hashtag to see what everybody is getting up to as well.
Our section of the tour was probably one of the longest in the program, as we had to drive from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to Saint John, New Brunswick, then to Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec and ending in Quebec City. The whole distance is about 1,020 kilometres, which is about 10 hours of driving, assuming we didn't stop to see anything along the way.
Long before I started my blog, many, many years ago, I visited Innsbruck, Austria. I was on a Contiki trip through Europe and visited a plethora of locations such as Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Lucerne and Innsbruck, just to name a few. It was an incredible experience and one that I think was a transformative moment in my life.
Off the record (or, on the record now, I guess), of all the places I visited, the only one I didn't like was Innsbruck. I couldn't get into it. We visited it in late March, so the weather wasn't the best. The trees didn't have any leaves on them, the grass was brown, and everything had a post-winter grey look to it. After visiting Munich and spending the night in St. Goar, my mind wasn't thinking about Innsbruck at all. Instead, I was more excited to go to Venice the next day, and the Vatican the day after that. My time in Innsbruck was uneventful, and all I wanted was to get back on the road.
That was in 2011, and now it's 2018. Has my opinion on Innsbruck changed? I would say yes. I'm more mature now and if I went back, I would better appreciate what I was seeing. As I've gotten older, I've been less impressed by the massive buildings and more enthralled by the history that created them.
As I stood in the courtyard of Fort Henry, I heard screams emanating from within. Fort Henry was constructed to protect the Kingston Royal Dockyard from the invading American forces during the War of 1812. The threat was so real that the capital of Canada – which was then Kingston – was moved to Quebec to protect it. The docks are all that stood between the United States and the St. Lawrence River and both countries were all too familiar with how easily it would turn the tides of battle.
As the screams from inside Fort Henry faded, I turned to the man beside me. He had come with his family. We got talking, trying to calm our nerves as bloodied clowns and undead mimes began wandering out from inside the fort.