sept 16

Today I woke up earlier than Christina and Hilary, so I went to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard with Teresa, a girl on our trip who lives down the street.  We got there not really knowing what to expect, but it ended up being really really cool.  We got there, and saw SO many people.  The whole front area of Buckingham was crammed full of people.  We picked a random spot, and it turned out to be a good one.  Soldiers in the full outfit march up the street and into two different gates, and then they do the ceremonial changing of the guard.  We got lucky because a marching band is part of the parade, and the whole parade came right in front of us.  It was so cool.  On the way back to the tube station, we found a little art market set up on the sidewalk.  There were tons and tons of really cool oil paintings of different London scenes.  I got home, ate lunch, and then Hilary, Christina, and I decided to go to Camden market.  Camden is a really punk-ish area where a lot of the nightlife of London is.  We got there, and immediately started going into stores.  It took us a little bit to get to the market because there were so many stores.  They all pretty much have tourist souvenirs, cool shoes, tank tops, sweatshirts, soccer jerseys, etc.  They were really cool.  Fake Beats seem to be a big thing because almost every store had racks of fake Beats.  The market is really cool too.  It was full of stalls of dresses, shoes, jewelry, shirts, scarves, etc.  There were even a couple of places with fake Louis Vuittons, but not a huge selection.  I ended up getting a British flag sweater, which is pretty cool.  We thought that we had gotten through the stores one one side of the street and we were switching to the other side when we realized there was a whole additional market area down the street.  One sweet thing we saw was a chrome Bentley.  It was like a giant mirror.  I tried to take a picture but I couldn’t get my camera out fast enough.  After the market, we came back to Wood Green, went to the grocery store, and went home..

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