Tuesday, March 25, 2008

London Observations

OK so we've been here for two weeks.. and it's long enough to develop a few ideas about the place. A few things come to mind :
  • Transport - the tube is great! Absolutely love it. The people here don't know how good they have it. They complain when they don't get a train every 5 minutes! Between the tube and the buses you can pretty much get anywhere in town. Also the fact that the density is so high every place is within walking distance of a bus or tube.
  • Oyster cards - the integrated payment system for public transport. This is what NSW was trying to do and screwed up to the tune of AU$150 million. Why not just copy the UK version.
  • Weather - yes I have to mention the weather. It's early spring and it's been COLD! It snowed on easter weekend and it's just warming up a bit now. Lots of cloud, rain and wind, but it's not too bad.
  • As Russel Peters said "No wait! We're coming too!" There are Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis everwhere!
  • Eastern Europeans too! Most of the service industry and construction industry is Eastern Europeans.. it's strange going to a pub or cafe in London and the staff can't speak English properly.
  • The SIZE! Everything is so small. Houses are small, hotels are small, streets are small. Everything is packed into half the size of Sydney.
  • The water! I knew it was recycled, but it tastes worse than last time. Chami didn't know the water was recycled until a few days after we got here. Water is also very hard, lots of calcium build up on everything!
  • Food is surprisingly good and cheap. Much better than we expected. Guess the Chunnel has done wonders to bringing stuff from the continent - Spain in particular.
  • Shopping is cheap! Specially clothes and stuff like that (well not if you're shopping at Harrods or Selfdirges or something like that.
hmm that's it for now. More to come.

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