My first trip was scheduled just five days after I moved to London. I wasn’t planning on this originally, but here’s the story: in January, a friend sent me links to a few music videos by Banks, a singer from California. I didn’t listen to them at first, but then I noticed she had a concert scheduled in London. I watched one video, liked it and, just like that, decided to buy a ticket. But the London gig was sold out. What to do? I checked out other places she would perform at, and found Brighton, on a Saturday.
Brighton is fairly close to London and is a summer resort kind of town for Londoners (and the rest of the country). Since bus and train tickets are cheap I decided to make a weekend trip out of it.
Then came the hard part. Accommodation. Hostels were too expensive, so I resorted to Couchsurfing. I had created a profile for myself last year, wanting to host people in Ljubljana, but I never got around to actually doing it. So I had no references and no friends. I found three girls who looked normal and wrote them very personalized requests. I got two replies, one was positive! So, the adventure began.
Trips like this one are not much fun when you’re traveling alone, but I did my best. I walked on the famous Brighton Pier, I did quite a lot of window shopping (and real shopping, because the city is so small and convenient and all my favorite shops are so close together!), walking along the beach, and, in the evening, I went to the Brighton Concorde 2 and had an amazing time watching and listening to Banks… from the front row. YEAH.
By the way, did you know that the London Eye is three times as high as the Brighton Wheel? I sure didn’t! They both look equally humongous when you’re standing below them.