Monday, March 9, 2009

London for Dummies

I recently came back from a business trip to London and had a great time. I flew the red eye on Friday to recover from the jet lag and to have a whole weekend to explore. I saw the majority of the sites (Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Eye, Tower Bridge, etc) and partook in all of the traditional fare: fish and chips with a few warm pints at a pub in Wimbledon, "high tea" (late afternoon tea with scones, clotted cream, and jam), and riding the tunnel (its not for those with claustrophobia or anyone taller than 6'2''). Here are a few casual observations:

  • Everyone goes out - it was a common sight to see 3 generations eating together (grandparents / parents / grandchildren) and couples going out with their kids in strollers.
  • They are having the same banking and bailout issues that we are having (its amazing how intertwined our economies are and how universal greed is).
  • There are no garbage cans (due to the threat of terrorism), but the city is surprisingly clean.
  • Their bacon (called back bacon) is thick, fatty, salty, and not cripsy (I was a much bigger fan of the sausage which had a lot of taste).
  • Every bathroom has two doors before you can get in (supposedly this is done for health code reasons).

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