Day 2 in London started a bit later in the afternoon with a full English breakfast at a Turkish café that Jas loves. I also ordered Turkish coffee – unfortunately I’m not a fan of it at all! It had a very gritty taste that I just could not appreciate. The breakfast, however, was delicious. The eggs were super soft, and the tomatoes were broiled to perfection.

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Jas also introduced me to brown sauce, ketchup’s sidekick in the UK. It was sooo good and reminded me a lot of soy sauce. I may try to take a bottle or two home with me!

After breakfast (brunch, lunch, whatever!), we walked around for an hour or so, grabbed some Starbucks, and met up with Bhusha in Kensington. We walked around the area for a bit before heading over to Kensington Palace.

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I was beyond excited and kept my eyes peeled for a Royal sighting! We even lingered around the back of the palace for a bit but no such luck (haha!). Maybe next time!

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By this time we were all ready for dinner. Off to Sagar we went for some delicious Indian food – chaat (Indian street food), paratha (potato stuffed bread), mogo chips (Indian french fries), and dosa (savory Indian pancakes).

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Stuffed doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt. Needless to say, I pretty much rolled into bed when I got back to the hotel.

The work week is zooming by…it’s hard to believe that in two days I’ll flying back home.

I have a few more things I want to share about my time here (mainly all the great restaurants we’ve been going to), but in the meantime, I thought I would talk about a few observations I’ve made.

1. Everything is so much smaller and/or narrower than it is in the US – the streets, the bathroom tubs/toilets, the elevators, etc. In the elevator at work, you can only fit five medium sized people…that’s it!

2. The weather has been absolutely amazing. I was afraid I’d be freezing my butt off the entire time, but luckily the sun has been shining most days. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s still pretty cold. Just not as cold as I thought it would be. Thanks for letting me borrow your jacket, Aek!

3. London reminds me a lot of NYC, especially the people. Everyone is on the GO and nothing will get in the way of them and their destination! Coming from the laid back city of Miami, I find this so funny.

4. I so badly want a British accent. I’ve even been practicing with my co-workers! Sadly, I don’t think it’s going to happen.

That’s all for now! Cheerio!

By Parita

8 thoughts on “London Day 2 + Observations”
  1. LOL! Cheerio! I’ll try and be British in this comment.

    Hello Poppet. I am flabbergasted you didn’t like the Turkish coffee. It is simply a pompous affair! Brown sauce is delightful isn’t it? We have something quite on par here too.

    I simply cannot comprehend your enthusiasm with seeing the Royalty! It’s absolutely bollocks!

    Ok being British is a pain. Enjoy the rest of your trip- hope you bump into Kate and Will.

  2. If you like Indian food and you get a chance (although it’s up in North London), go to Regency (an Indian pub) at Queensbury (it’s on the Jubillee line). The pub is right opposite the tube station…amazing (esp. the garlic mogo chips!!) Busaba Eathai is a very yummy thai restaurant…there are several branches (Bird Street behind Selfridges, Wardour Street in Soho, Stork Street (I think), near the British Museum off Tottenham Court Road). Enjoy your last two days x

  3. So fun to read. I want the brit accent too, I actually think I do it pretty well. I could very easily fool an American, but not a Brit. that indian food looks soooooooooo good, it’s 1 am and I’m so hungry now. 🙁

  4. I’m clearly a little behind on your blog posts but catching up slowly!! Ooooops. You’re welcome though, sissy 🙂

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