When in London, cheap traveling can be a blessing or a hassle. From my experience, it’s all about the method of travel. London’s Victoria Coach station is surprisingly nice and well kept up (as far as bus stations go). In the context of price, a flixbus from there to Frankfurt, Germany round trip was $33. On the other end of the cheap traveling lies the budget airports on the edge of the city, Luton and Stansted. Luton seemed relatively modern and kept up, with frequent busses and trains that went into the city. Security wait times and customs generally were a breeze. Stansted seemed like the reverse. On a flight back from Malta, the customs line was almost 2 hours, not to mention the glaring lack of busses that went into the city, leaving me stranded outside the M25 for yet another hour. All that said, you can’t seem to beat the cheap flights available from the airports. My flight from both only costed me $30 round trip from Malta! While I’d say the flight was the better deal, the bus still seemed like the way to go if you have the time.
Attention to all the diehard Pokemon fans: there is one Pokemon Center in the Westfield Shopping Center in Shepards Bush. Keep in mind, lines are extremely long, with a security guard claiming they reach up to ”1,000 people per day”. I waited over 7 hours just to get in the store, with many of the people in the front of the line resorting to spending the night in the mall just to get in. If you manage to wait it out, you can gain access to exclusive items not available at the stores in New York or Tokyo. If you want to go, act fast because the store closes permanently on Sunday, November 17th.
The first Chic-fil-A has opened across the pond about an hour and a half away from London in Redding, England. However, act fast if you plan on making the trip out to get a chicken sandwich because the location will not be renewing its lease at the end of the year.
For the Americans in the audience, have you ever heard of blackcurrant juice? This sweet and refreshing treat isn’t available across the pond. This isn’t due to an apathy of the flavor, rather the US government banned the fruit in the early 1900’s. It all has to do with a fungi that was associated with a disease that kills US pine trees. Point being, if you happen to wind up across the pond, blackcurrant juice is worth the try!
Hello! My name is Brandon Holtz and I’m an American expat living in London for the rest of the year. I’m a sophomore at the University of Georgia back in the states but was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. This blog will essentially show some of the differences between the United States and United Kingdom and what you would need to know if you’re an American.