Another overdue travel post—this time, our
It took me a really long while to compose this blog entry because I'm afraid I couldn't give justice to the uniqueness of our first European experience. But all I know is that this trip is worth sharing, and I just have to man up and publish this post already.
I've already tried so many ways to narrate our story but it always ends up being boring and corny. I'm not that great of a writer, nor even a writer, okay? So I made it easier for myself by cutting the very long story short: Our original plan was we're supposed to join Cosmo's Wonders of Europe package tour, as part of my parents' college graduation gift to my brother and I. Countries that were included in the package were UK, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and France. UK (London) was just our departure point, where we originally only have one day to explore to ourselves. Belgium was really where we would officially start our package tour. What was supposed to be a 2-week stay in Europe ended up being a 7-day roller coaster adventure in UK.
Just a few minutes after we arrived at our hotel in London, we found out that our bags got stolen inside our hotel's luggage room, which had my dad's passport, credit cards, my laptop, iPod, and camera equipment, and my brother's iPad and wallet. No passport means we can't go on with our package tour anymore because we need the visa to enter other Schengen countries besides UK. So in case you're planning to go to London any time soon, please don't repeat our mistake of entrusting Hotel Novotel West London your stay. London is a great city, but I can't deny the fact that this hotel had left a negative impression of London on us.
So, here's my bittersweet first taste of Europe—or UK, rather: