UK

Lost and Unintentionally Foun

I have always managed to keep safe while traveling; I had never been stolen from. But I have always been a champion when it comes to misplacing my wallet. Naturally, when I buy a new wallet, I tend to get two of them at the same time. However my last wallet seemed to be really attached to me. I had forgotten it several times – once on a plane from Montreal to Frankfurt, and another at a hostel in Bangkok and finally in Vietnam. And both times it was returned to me after 2 months.

 
Unfortunately I had no such luck when I visited London. At 1am in the morning, I had to walk around for 3 hours in search for my hostel using a basic map of the city, without a penny, no less. This city is definitely different – it is either the city noise, its odors or faces of the people who paced its streets. Despite the cold, I discovered another side of the city that I fancied.
 
Nonetheless, I repeated the same experience in other cities as well as in my own city.

Many times...

Moments

Did you know...

- French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.

 

- England is 74 times smaller than the USA, 59 times smaller than Australia and 3 times smaller than Japan. England is however 2.5 times more populous than Australia, and 1.5 times more populous than California.

 

- English people have the highest obesity rate in the European Union (22.3% of men and 23% of women).

 

- Fish 'n chips is not much traditional an English dish than Chicken Tikka Massala. The first fish & chips restaurant was only opened in 1860 by a Jewish immigrant, Joseph Malin.

 

- It is in England that the first postage stamps appeared.

 

- The world's first modern Olympic Games were not held in Athens in 1896, but in the small town of Much Wenlock (Shropshire) in 1850, which inspired French Baron Pierre Coubertin to launch the Athens Olympics half a century later.

 

- The English invented and developed the world's earliest railways.