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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Those who attended my Chernobyl lecture at the Queen City Collective earlier in May would have heard me singing praises about HBO's new miniseries Chernobyl, and for good reason. HBO did a fantastic job on the miniseries by immersing the audience into mid-1980s Soviet Ukraine and by peeling back the layers of the disaster.
With that said, there were some liberties HBO took while making the show. As somebody who spent two days in the Exclusion Zone in 2016, I know a thing or two about how the events unfolded, and a few parts of the miniseries weren't accurate.
Chernobyl began by tackling a nearly impossible task. The miniseries had to break down one of the largest cover-ups in human history. They had to show the devastation of the world's deadliest nuclear disaster and also highlight the many countless heroes who stepped up to make a difference. It's natural to expect HBO to simplify this – and they only had five episodes to do it. I don't blame them for some of these mistakes, but I felt they should be pointed out.
I don't often take blog requests, but a friend approached me recently and asked about Venice. He's traveling to Italy for a wedding this summer and is stopping in Venice for few days. He asked me if I knew what he could do in the Floating City, so I racked up a list of ten things for him to see.
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if I missed anything, what your favorite thing to see in Venice was, or if you plan to go visit Venice after reading this!
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.