Over the Christmas holiday I took a long anticipated trip to England, staying in the North London Borough of Islington from Christmas Day to the 2nd of January. With a little careful planning and a lot of luck, I was able to visit Upton Park to see Arsenal play West Ham at Boleyn Ground on Boxing Day, then a couple days later I took the team chartered shuttle on a 6 hour trek north to Newcastle to see Arsenal play at St. James Park, and rounded out the festive football season with a New Years Day match at the Emirates against Cardiff. With some strategic use of the tube aside, everywhere I went, I was walking; from Covent Garden to the Tower of London, Trafalgar, Westminster, Picadilly & Oxford circus', and a stretch of the Thames that a sane person would likely take in on an open top bus, I racked up over 20 miles on foot in the week's time I was there. The only time I wasn't walking I was standing in the same spot for nearly four hours waiting in a crowd I couldn't have escaped if I wanted to on New Years Eve just across from the London Eye, which somehow, between the fireworks and Auld Lang Syne with nearly 100,000 people, was worth the uncomfortable wait. Other highlights include a tour of the Emirates, placing my first bet with Ben, my English guardian angel, a few visits to Wagamama and considerable amount of time spent in the Famous Cock and a handful of other pubs in the Islington area.
All told, I got to see my favorite football club capture 9 points, spent New Years Eve in the middle of the biggest party in London and fell in love with one of the coolest cities in the world. Most of the video I captured was taken while I was in transit, and admittedly, I don't have the steadiest hand in the world, but despite that, this seven minutes and change is the story of my holiday and essentially a photo album for the eight unforgettable days I got to spend wandering around London by myself.
▶ Flume - Sleepless feat. Jezzabell Doran
▶ Tourist - Placid Acid
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