If you haven’t already heard, I’ve just moved to Budapest! The flight was not fun and since I’m not one of those people who can sleep on a plane (regardless of how long the flight- think 16 hours from Sydney to Dallas), I’m still pretty tired and jetlagged.
But now that I’m finally in Europe, I’m looking forward to exploring so many cities that I’ve been dreaming of. Top of the list is London and I’ll be heading there just after Christmas, so while the weather won’t be great, I’ll finally be able to see some of the major London attractions that I’ve heard about.
Here are just a few of the things I”m looking forward to doing in London:
Taking a Jack the Ripper Tour
I’ve always had a weird obsession with serial killers, and I’m a bit morbidly curious- something that makes the Jack the Ripper tour sound appealing. Tours begin at 7.30pm every day and visitors are taken to the different sites of the murders, given the different clues and information about all of the suspects and then able to make a more informed decision about who the killer really is.
Seeing a West End show
This is a good option for travellers on any budget, and since as a freelancer my budget varies so much, I think I can definitely add a West End show into my itinerary. One way to get a great price is to ring or visit the website on the day and see what shows are available for under £20. This is also a good way to see a random show if you’re not sure exactly what you want to see, and you’ll have an amazing night of entertainment for around the same price as the movies.
Heading to Book Slam
As a writer (although not a fiction writer), I greatly appreciate the written word. That’s why I’m looking forward to Book Slam, which is a literally nightclub each month, featuring many different emerging and established writers who perform readings and poetry. For anyone who loves books, word performance, and alcohol, this is a great event and one I can’t wait to attend.
Escaping from a locked room
I’m not going to lie, the claustrophobe in me is a little worried about this one, but my adventurous side says “hell yeah!” Basically, teams of three to five people are locked in a room for an hour and need to escape before the time runs out. There are many different puzzles that need to be solved, clues that need to be gathered, and of course a bunch of teamwork that will need to be done, and there are also several different rooms to try out.
Seeing Trafalgar Square
On my recent trip to New York, I was disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to visit Times Square. My roommate told me she was disappointed that I was disappointed over missing such a tourist hotspot. I love being a total tourist though, and will take photos of the weirdest things overseas- even when they seem completely normal to the everyday person living there. Trafalgar Square is a must-visit for me, and since there’s always something happening in the area, I’m looking forward to wandering through the square, enjoying some of the free movie screenings, checking out the sculptures and just hanging out and people watching.
Taking it Easy
As you guys know, I’ve just arrived in Budapest. But the trip here was not easy, and we thought we had an extra hour and a half before our flight left from New York- meaning when we finally realised that we needed to go now (we were shopping in Victoria’s Secret) it was a last-minute rush to the airport.
When I head to London, I’m using Blacklane, and triple checking when my flight is leaving and departing to avoid that terrible sinking feeling when you know there’s a good chance you’ll miss your flight.