Finally, after 19 years of traveling with parents, I'm going on vacation! To London! By myself! Well, almost by myself. I do have company. But I made all the arrangements and reservations myself, so that's pretty awesome (I <3 my Visa credit card!). It won't be my first time in London though. I've already been there for a few hours (10 years ago) on a layover, but I don't recall anything special, because the city was so big and I was too young to care. I have a few photos from that day and that's how I know that it was raining. What a surprise!
(Although I have to add that Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is one of the wettest capitals in Europe with 157 rainy days, as opposed to London that only gets 106 rainy days a year. I found that out a few months ago and I was shocked! I had no idea I was living in a city that got more rain than THE rainy London!)
Lately, (thinking about) traveling has become one of the most important things in my life. I've been to many cities with my parents, but now I want to see the world by myself too. The thing about me and traveling is that if I don't know anything about a city (or even a country), I think ''There's probably nothing worth seeing and I'm not interested anyway...'' And then when I read a book or watch a movie with that city in it I'm all OMG NEED TO GO THERE NOW. That usually happens when I hear someone's going on a vacation there. This really isn't great for my tiny wallet and the job I don't have.
London seems to be the perfect choice for my first real trip, since there are two low-cost airlines flying there from less than an hour away from where I live. And the flights are cheap. Especially if you check the prices every day and wait for special discounts. I wasn't that lucky; I didn't manage to get a 1 € ticket, but those are very rare anyway. The ticket price was still a bargain if we consider that our national carrier charges from 200 € to a ridiculous 600 € for a return flight (and they don't even fly to Heathrow). I could fly to Los Angeles and back for that kind of money!
Since I've never tasted a real cupcake (not made by me of course!), one of my main objectives in London is to get one and eat it. Well, maybe not just one. I've done some research about the best bakeries and the plan (for now) is to visit these:
- The Hummingbird Bakery
- Buttercup Cake Shop
- Primrose Bakery
This is where I ran out of ideas. I checked some of the top 10 bakery lists, but most of them don't have a store (they only deliver). I'm sure there are some not-as-famous bakeries that offer cupcakes just as good or even better than the mainstream ones, so if you live in London or know any good bakeries there, please let me know! (And I wouldn't mind eating cakes either. Or anything else sweet.) I'm leaving on Thursday, so you have two days to set me on the right path.
I'm also very excited because I'll finally be able to try Krispy Kreme donuts (there's a store right in the airport, you know, just for the tiny chance that I'll be hungry when I get off the plane) and Ben & Jerry's ice cream! In case you were worried, no, I'm not going to spend ALL my money on food. I want to go shopping for clothes too. But from what I've heard, everything is very expensive, so I hope I'll at least be able to buy a pair of shoes. Or two.
The baking part of me is hoping I'll be returning home with lots of sprinkles and candy melts and cupcake liners! And who would blame it/him - I totally understand.