My first impression of London was a good one. With a combination of the local’s charming accent and willingness to help three wandering bastards, it was absolutely splendid! When we first got off the plane we headed to check in to our room so we could start exploring. Let’s talk about Airbnb for a minute. Has anyone booked a room through this company? If so I would love to get feedback on how your experience went. I think I was a little confused on how it worked and which filters to use while booking. It ended up being twelve people in one apartment including us with ONE bathroom. I shared a bedroom with my Dad and Sister and then there were three other bedrooms with three girls in each room. We had to get up super early or stay up late to shower. You had two choices of water temperature scalding or arctic chill. I’m so glad this was at the beginning of the trip when we were a bit more spry. My dad and sister were troopers mentioning it was “just like camping”. First world problems I guess. I would be willing to give Airbnb a second chance now I understand how it works a little better. They have a convenient app you can download which connects you with the host of the apartment. This allows you to communicate and ask any questions. Do your research before you book, here is a video to help you understand how to use Airbnb.
Our Airbnb room. The excitement is real!
We stayed in Shoreditch which happened to be one on the most amazing parts of London. It was a romantic mix of old and new architecture. It has shopping and great restaurants. With the help of Yelp we found this cozy little pub. We enjoyed fish and chips and indulged in my new favorite bread and butter pudding!
Our Dad looking at a passerby thinking “don’t be hating on our selfie skills bro” or even kind of like Liam Neeson when he played the Dad off of “Taken”.
What is the difference between bread pudding and bread and butter pudding you say? Bread pudding is made by mashing older bread with milk and dried fruit, and adding copious amounts of spice. Bread and Butter pudding on the other hand is soft and custardy. It is made by arranging slices of buttered bread in a dish, making a custard and baking in the oven. I searched for a recipe and this came pretty close I will share it here from http://www.bettycrocker.com. It’s also great way to use your leftover French bread!
ENGLISH BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING
8 slices French bread, each 1/2 inch thick
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups milk, scalded and cooled powdered sugar, if desired
- Heat oven to 350°F. Butter 1 1/2-quart casserole. Spread one side of each slice bread with butter. Layer bread slices, buttered sides up, in casserole; sprinkle with cinnamon. Beat eggs slightly in medium bowl; mix in granulated sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir in milk; pour over bread.
- Place casserole in pan of very hot water (1 inch deep). Cover casserole loosely with aluminum foil. Bake 20 minutes; remove foil. Continue baking 35 to 40 minutes longer or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge of casserole comes out clean. (Cover with foil if top gets too brown.)
- Remove casserole from hot water. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm. Store covered in refrigerator.
Tomorrow we will be off on an exciting adventure! My Dad, Sister and I have plans to visit some historical sites, places where my Grandpa Joe served in the military and we will be spending time in some places that our ancestors lived. We are so excited to share this experience with you. We will be posting daily please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @diaryofthewanderingbastards. (We will also be going FBLive!) Below is our itinerary As we wander through Europe these plans are subject to change after all we are a just a couple wandering bastards. Come and wander with us!
March 2 Thursday Las Vegas to London
March 3 Friday Check into AIRBNB hotel – Sightseeing
March 4 Saturday Portabello Rd. Market
March 5 Sunday Ivinghoe and Floore Day Trip (Where our ancestors are from!)
March 6 Monday Eurostar Train to Paris (UNDER the English Channel…gulp)
March 7 Tuesday Day Trip Tour to Normandy
March 8 Wednesday Fly from Paris to Venice – Day in Venice
March 9 Thursday Day in Venice
March 10 Friday Train from Venice to Rome – Day in Rome
March 11 Saturday Day in Rome
March 12 Sunday Last Day in Rome and Fly Home
I feel you. I get sick even when I am driving. I can easily say I am the most motion sick person in the whole world. After a trip to Puerto Vallarta I decided I was done traveling. I was tired of living in a Dramamine fog. Even the non-drowsy version would make me tired. I would always think I can’t go on this excursion or that trip there’s too much motion and I don’t want to be sick and miserable the whole time. But it’s no fun to be left behind. Here are some tips I have found to help.
-Ice Water. I can’t chew it during travel with my sister because she has “misophonia” For those of you who don’t know what that is let’s just say mealtime/snack time can be torture. The sounds of other people eating chomping, chewing, gurgling, slurping can send them into an instantaneous, blood-boiling rage. When we were little I would wake her up in the middle of the night to the sound of my teeth grinding. It was no Bueno. Sorry about that sister.
-Ice, Water, Salt, Lime
Traveling in Puerto Vallarta on a pirate ship I got so deathly sick and a kind pirate who saw me spending the majority of my time hanging my body over the side of the ship mixed up this concoction. Mix 2 teaspoons salt, half a lime in a glass of water and fill with ice. Sip
-Natural Motion Sickness Patches
I wear these behind my ears and they last 2-3 days even with shower or swimming.
These are a little spicy on the tongue but are calming to the stomach.
Basically ginger in a pill. NO DROWSYNESS!
-Pressure point bands
-Ginger Ale With Ice
On the plane be sure to order ginger ale with ice. Ginger helps to calm the stomach
-ZenTrip Motion Sickness Relief Strips
I love these! They are like the Listerine breath strips. They don’t taste super amazing but neither does vomit
I even use these products together if I get really sick. My favorite are the patches then I’ll pop in strip and call it a day!