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I had a fantastic sleep last night and got up this morning ready to hit the cobblestones. Dan headed out early to the last day of his conference and I got ready here then headed out myself. I went back to the pub-y place again for breakfast because we'd seen signs last night that they had cheap traditional English breakfast. So I got that and it was quite nice. Sausage, rashers of bacon (which is kind of a cross between Canadian bacon and bacon), a fried portobello & half tomato, hash browns, an egg, tea & toast for about £4. It was yummy!! It was funny when I was in there though, about half the people were there having breakfast, the others were having pints!

Then I walked around for a bit, there are canals everywhere with those long boats in them, so I took a bunch of pictures and talked to some people. Everyone seems really friendly here so far. I've heard London people aren't the friendliest, but they sure are here anyway! I talked to a man at the pub last night about whether or not to leave a tip, and he was helpful (no tip since there are no servers - you just order and pay for food at the bar). Also, I took a picture of one of the boats going down the canal and the driver turned around and waved, said I should have told him to smile for the picture! Then I was standing in front of our hotel taking some pictures then trying to decide what to do next and the guy directing traffic came and ask if I was lost and needed directions. I told him I was just looking around and then I got kind of embarrassed and left. I also went and bought some postcards and stamps, and when the guy asked where the post cards were going he assumed America. Everyone seems to so far be assuming I'm American. The cabbie yesterday told me I had a "Broad American Accent". I don't think he believed me when I told him Canada. I think a lot of Americans try to pose as Canadians in Europe...

I came back to the hotel then because I was feeling tired and just kind of bad. Slept for another 2 hours or so and am feeling better now. It probably helps that it's like 9;30am on my body's time now not the 2:30am it was when I woke up at 7:30! :P So I guess I am kind of feeling jet lagged this time! Oh well, hopefully I get over it soon!

Dan just got back to the hotel, he's all done with his conference now and we're going to do up our trip budget and what we want to do this afternoon and the rest of the days (roughly) so we know how much we have to spend on stuff. I think we're also going to go and find a grocery store to get yogurt and stuff for breakfast tomorrow. There's a fridge in the room here we can use. I'm just catching up a bit online again right now. Dan is checking his work email and catching up a bit there before we can head out. He still technically is on business here. :P

We were thinking about going to the National Sea Life Birmingham but it is lined up to the road with kids. This week is a school holiday. Plus, it would be £17 to get in which is doubled to get Canadian. It's crazy, everything here seems to be about the same price as Canada, except that pounds are much higher than dollars!! Tomorrow I think we're going to head to Warwick Castle. We'd have to buy our tickets online today though, since they are getting really sold out (School holiday again) and they're much cheaper online!

I should have some pictures to upload this evening! :)

Date: 2009-05-28 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It sounds like you had such a nice morning! I hope you have fun with whatever you decide to do this afternoon.

Date: 2009-05-28 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! We went for another walk to explore a bit and had dinner outside by the canal. So nice!!

Date: 2009-05-28 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When I backpacked through Europe, all the Canadians had huge maple leaf patches sewn on their bags. I guess they don't want to be mistaken as Americans either!

Why would Americans pose as Canadians?

Date: 2009-05-28 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A lot of Americans now put huge maple leafs on their bags to try and pass for Canadians. Canada seems to have a better reputation over here than America. Maybe because we're part of the Commonwealth and that Canada was there to help first during both world wars. Also, Canada is more like Europe/England than it is like America. We have the same style of government and Canada is still all about the Queen. She's on all of our money!

We haven't stuck our noses in quite as many international affairs either, so we haven't disturbed as much shit, you know? We're kind of like the Switzerland of North America! :P

Date: 2009-05-28 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When we lived in AU, not one person asked me if I was american. They just automatically assumed I was Canadian!

Date: 2009-05-28 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Really? That's interesting!
When we were in Switzerland/Rome/Paris last year everyone assumed we were British because we spoke English and they couldn't tell the difference in accent. I guess that makes more sense than assuming someone is from halfway around the world!!

Date: 2009-05-28 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, they would always say "Oh! Are you Canadian??" And of course I would say that no, indeed I was an american. And they're say "Oh" and give me a look like I'd steal their wallet if they gave me half a chance!

Date: 2009-05-28 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, Americans do seem to have that effect on people Internationally it seems....

Date: 2009-05-28 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, it's rough, but I wouldn't give it up for a second. I did have to explain to a lot of people that the US isn't all just New York and LA. We don't all own guns. We don't commit violent acts on a daily basis. I personally don't own any guns, I live in a lovely small town, and I haven't assaulted anyone in years. ;-)

Date: 2009-05-28 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's so true, it's all just stereotypes and every country has them! I know people today who seriously think that everyone in Canada lives in an igloo. I'm sure I have them about other countries as well that are so untrue. I find the more I travel, the more open minded I become.

Date: 2009-05-28 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll be the first to admit I've got a whole bunch of stereotypes packed into my head about other countries....though not Canada since I've been there and I have family there. Tom on the other hand has been everywhere and is one of the most open minded people I've ever met.

Date: 2009-05-28 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1) Don't eat at that pub anymore! You are breaking Vacation Rules. Do not eat at the same place more than once - you only have limited time to eat at as many different places as possible!!!

2) He assumed you were American because Americans are ze best. In fact, as I read that, I was like "well he was right." THEN remembered you're Northern American (aka Canadian).

3) Why would Americans pose as Canadians?!

4) Boo on school holidays. That would cramp my style.

Date: 2009-05-28 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought Americans posed as Canadians abroad a lot to avoid judgment (since America used to have a really bad rep internationally, right...maybe not so much anymore). I've had friends who went backpacking and met lots of Americans who had maple leaves sewn on their bags on purpose and stuff.

Date: 2009-05-28 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That seems really ridiculous. I love that people hate Americans, yet we help every other country in the world.

Date: 2009-05-28 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I dunno? It's all about perspective I guess.

Date: 2009-05-28 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You guys do help every other country, it's true. But you also piss a lot of countries off. You can't make everyone happy and Canada does have a much better reputation over here.

Date: 2009-05-28 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, we piss them off by being involved. We should just leave everyone alone and stop helping.

Date: 2009-05-28 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're right! America does have a pretty bad rep over here still. They do help everyone, but they also piss a lot of people off. Also, from what I've seen of American tourists in Europe they can kind of be obnoxious visitors. Wanting people here to bend to what they are used to instead of adjusting to how things are. That's just been my experience and my guess though. I also know it's the same in Cuba. Canadians are very welcome there, Americans...not so much. It's amazing that the world has such different perceptions of our counties really.

Date: 2009-05-28 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your vacations seem to have a lot of rules. I can't sleep when I'm tired or eat at the same place twice if I want!

There aren't so many kids around here except at the Sea place, this is mostly a business area, there are two big conference centers right around our hotel. I think next week is a regular week again for when we're in London. Although that's really only for Monday, since we fly home again on Tuesday.

Date: 2009-05-28 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's not MY vacations - come on! You want to explore everything you can! Don't go to the zoo three days in a row, you know?

Date: 2009-05-28 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is funny he thought you had an American accent! Though people have told me I sound American too (I've even had people ask where I'm from...I'm like, uh, here?).

Date: 2009-05-28 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's crazy that people think you have an accent!! When we were in Switzerland/Rome/Paris last year everyone thought our accents were Brittish.

Date: 2009-05-29 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, it's weird! I have been asked at least three times since being at UBC if I'm American, or just generally where I'm from.

Date: 2009-05-29 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so glad you're having fun, and so jealous that you're going to a real castle today... you know how I love castles!

Date: 2009-06-04 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The castle really was that cool. I'm so glad [ profile] britishcowgirl recommended we go there, it was totally worth the day trip!


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