Saturday, August 04, 2007

Summing up London

I just got back to the USA from England (by way of Canada). It was a good trip, but a little too short to do everything I wanted to do.

London is a great town from what I saw. There are lots of beautiful old buildings, throngs of people everywhere, and the place is dripping with history. I spent most of my time shopping, sightseeing, swilling beer, and stuffing my face with Indian food, tapas, and gourmet hamburgers. We took a bus tour of the city, which—among other things—included a boat ride up the Thames. I highly recommend taking this tour if you ever go to London.

One of the most interesting things about the trip was I found out how ethnically diverse London is. The whole time I was in England (including a day or so in Bexhill-by-sea, a small town on the southeast coast that has the oldest average population in the world—also known as heaven’s waiting room), I only met four English people. All the rest were Kiwis, Saffers, or Aussies. But it wasn’t even the people I met that impressed me the most. Just walking around in London most of the people I saw were of Indian descent, or were from the Middle East. Most of the people working in shops and restaurants were non-British, and seemed mostly to be from Eastern European countries like Poland.

If I could choose one word to sum up London, however, it would be “tits.” I don’t mean this in a lewd or lecherous way, but purely as an observation. The women in London tend to have very large breasts, and they aren’t stingy about showing them off. Someone told me that British women are known for having large breasts, which was news to me. Also, apparently the men are fascinated with them. This could be because of the massive amount of cleavage on display. After being in Taiwan for almost five years, where the women tend to be shaped like skinny adolescent boys, London was quite an eye-opener.

Anyway, like I said, I don’t mean to be sexist or nasty or anything. I just thought I’d point out that, compared what I’ve seen in the US, Canada, or especially Taiwan, boobs are big in London.

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