Phoenix Hostel

Is decent enough. 10 beds in a room the size of my bedroom back home (to be fair my bedroom back home is quite large) is a little cramped, you can feel the springs in the mattress, and the pillow might as well not exist it’s so thin. Despite this, I actually slept quite well the last two nights, despite noises and snoring and everything.
After arriving I went on a bit of a walk. After walking 10 minutes in the wrong direction, I figured out what way the river was and wandered down through Hyde Park

Hyde Park bike path

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Hyde Park bike path07-Jun-2010 20:09, Canon Canon PowerShot A3000 IS, 2.7, 6.2mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100

to Buckingham Palace,

Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace07-Jun-2010 20:30, Canon Canon PowerShot A3000 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200

Was rather empty at 6pm

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Was rather empty at 6pm07-Jun-2010 20:30, Canon Canon PowerShot A3000 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 125

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07-Jun-2010 20:35, Canon Canon PowerShot A3000 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 125

through St. James Park,

Squirrels... are like possums in Melbourne. IE: Everywhere

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Squirrels… are like possums in Melbourne. IE: Everywhere07-Jun-2010 20:45, Canon Canon PowerShot A3000 IS, 5.6, 24.8mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400

Was spitting slightly, only damp though

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Was spitting slightly, only damp though07-Jun-2010 20:43, Canon Canon PowerShot A3000 IS, 5.6, 24.8mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 320

View along St. James park.

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View along St. James park.07-Jun-2010 20:41, Canon Canon PowerShot A3000 IS, 5.6, 24.8mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 250

across to Parliament and the Big Ben,

Along the Thames towards Parliament buildings, Victoria Tower & the Big Ben.

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Along the Thames towards Parliament buildings, Victoria Tower & the Big Ben.07-Jun-2010 21:16, Canon Canon PowerShot A3000 IS, 2.7, 6.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100

up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square, before over to Picadilly Circus to catch the train back to Marleybone. Google Maps
It was strange in a way – having seen so many of these landmarks on TV they were so familiar – but it doesn’t quite do them justice, having seen them in person.

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