After a long week on the job, a few of my friends and I decided it would be a good time to jet off to London England for the weekend. The flight from Dublin to the Heathrow Airport is only an hour and half, so this is a perfect travel destination for a short weekend.
We stayed in the Clink78 Hostel which was about 10 minutes away from the city centre. I had never stayed in a hostel before so I was a little anxious on what I should be expecting because it was such a cheap price. But I was pleasantly surprised and I enjoyed meeting people from other countries that were also staying there.
Going from a city like Dublin to London was a completely different experience. London was way bigger and had far more people wandering the streets. Even in light of recent events that have occurred in the past few weeks the streets were very busy, full of people from all over the world.
Other than the fact that it was way busier than Dublin, it seemed very similar in other aspects. People dressed the same and were just as friendly, always willing to help give directions if we were lost, which was often.
Our group decided to do all the typical touristy activities like seeing Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. Even though I have seen all these places in pictures before, it was nothing compared to being there in person. One of the best things we saw was the changing of the guard ceremony. It was perfectly executed and just seems like a huge part of the London experience.
I was also very curious to see how the recent events in London would effect police presence and security, and would people seem more on edge and uptight all the time. After being there for a whole weekend, I can say that there was definitely more of a police presence than here in Dublin, but peoples attitudes seemed uplifting and friendly, not the sombreness I had expected.
Overall, my experience to London was great, and I appreciated learning more about their history and culture than I would normally learn over the news or in a book.