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Kingston upon Thames
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Actually i planned to go to Oxford today but since i left London Westminster at 3pm(I had to buy some stuff for camping, my bicycle and my camera) it is still 50 Miles away and i'm at a camp site in Chertsey close to motorway M3. But i don't complain, i had a hot shower and warmed up the Lamb Tikki Masala which i didn't finish yesterday(Did you know that Chicken Tikki Masala was voted as Englands favourite meal?). Also the noise from the cars is bearable. And this day was gorgeous, i'm still in an ecstatic mood - the Thames Valley cycle way goes through wonderful nature including Richmond Park which is a nature reserve with high yellowish grass and hundreds of old oak trees. Lovely!
Excuse me! Is that High Court Bridge over there?
Yes Sir, indeed it is.
My pleasure Sir, have a nice ride!
It also seems everyone is well educated and reasonable. But well, maybe thats because living standards are so high in the London area, will see if that still works out further north, guess it may change in more industrial regions, e.g. when i pass through Liverpool and Manchester. Yet i've only seen twice people who look like what we associate with the typical drunk, out-of-shape, socker-crazy english tourist.
Did i already mention how beautiful the girl i met today was? You really should have seen her...heartsinmyeyes
Some random rants and cheers:
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My new, 7 week old mp3-player died yesterday. It won't turn on, black screen, nothing happens. This sucks, as long distance cycling can be monotonuos sometimes.
Hmm, its working again(Horray!), but i don't have trust in it anymore...
It's only the third day of my cycle trip and my back feels like someone strained steel wires all over it. Next time i'll take my personal massagist with me...
Maybe i should go to the sauna club with the neon advertisement in Hackney, the sign below the red light says they also offer massages!? Odd thing is, they are only open from 8pm to 5am.
Fixed as i got a new one, from Nikon and its even better
It was friggin' cold 2 days ago, like november. Will get more socks and bought proper cycling shoes yesterday as i foolishly only took leather shoes and sportsandals with me(But there will 30 degrees on friday which is unusual for Britain i was told, i'm a lucky bastard).
I really regret that i didn't buy the Nikon 18-200 VR lens in vienna as it would be very usefull(The D40 Kit lens just isn't sufficient)
Fixed as i bought it here, first thing that was cheaper than at home(besides the vegetarian food they sell everywhere, but vienna offers no competition here)
London is a magical place, i could spend weeks strolling around, exploring the city. I love the vibrating life in between the decaying structures, the dirt, the chaos, the multiculture... I already spent two days, from 9-23 o'clock, cycling around, exploring, taking pictures fanatically.
English food is gorgeous, i especially like the indian and thai flavours. I tried Fish&Chips yesterday, the first few bites are quite good(Should be for 9£!) but then the fat is starting to make you feel sick. I'll stick to the colonial food for the rest of the journey.