Wow...Let me just say that I never thought I would spend one of my last days in London dealing with a terrorist attack. Things here today are pretty calm but I think everyone here is a lil edgy about using the public transit. Luke, the Aussie I have been dating for the past 5 weeks opted to ride his bike to work today until things die down a lil. He was on the tube yesterday and then evacuated off a bus after the the bus bomb took place. Then when he was trying to get home from work last night him and his friend jumped on one of the buses again since they started operating again and were evacuated off that bus too b/c there was a 'suspicious package' on a bus not far in front of them. I was actually on the Circle Line a mere 4 stops from the first bomb explosion when it happened so I was probably only a train or two away. That is crazy considering they could have jumped on any train. I had no clue what was going on. The train stopped for about 10 mins or so in the tube until we moved into a station. At the time the train conductor said there was a power surge at tower hill, a couple stops away and that the train would be delayed. I didnt really think too much of it b/c the Circle Line often has delays and I have been on it once before where it stopped in the tube for a few mins. Most people stayed on the train until 5 mins later he announced that there were severe delays. So I took to the streets, along with thousands of others trying to walk my way to work. This was interesting since I really dont know my way around the city but I knew I needed to get to Tower Hill to jump on the Docklands Light Railway and I knew which direction the Tower of London and Tower Bridge were. As people walked through the streets trying to get to work I could here sirens everywhere and a many cop cars and ambulances flew past down the road. I called my roommate Hannah to tell her the tubes were closed down and she told me her and Liz were going to try and catch buses to get to work. I told her about all the cop cars and such but since we hadnt really heard anything I figured maybe there was just some sort of accident on the railway. As I got up to the DLR at Tower Hill I could see all the cop cars heading towards the Aldgate station area. The DLR was still open however so I figured nothing could be seriously wrong or they would have closed it so I continued my journey into work in the Canary Wharf area. Just a few minutes after I got to work the news announced a bomb exploded on a bus and I knew then we were dealing with a terrorist attack. So yeah it was pretty scary and I was supposed to have a half day at work and meet up with my supervisor for lunch for an exit interview then go home to pack since we had to vacate our apartment today and I had no clue how I was going to make it home. Its about a 45 min train ride to work for me so I knew it would take forever to walk home. Once things calmed down a lil I decided to make my journey home at about 1pm. Luckily I was able to catch a ferry to Enbankment station which cut my walking journey down to about half of what it would have been. From there I walked by the London Eye, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and many other places on my nice little two hour walk home. It really sucked b/c it was raining for a lil while but it cleared up by the time I made my way into Kensington. I was definitely exhausted spending 2hrs travelling to work and 3 hrs getting home. Spent most of last night packing and the girls and I made dinner and had an early night getting into bed around 11pm or so. I have had very lil sleep since I have been here but its good for me! I will be sleeping for a whole week when I get home! Kim and I are flying to Prague tonight and from there we are jumping on the Eurorail and hitting up Austria, Italy, Spain, and France. Should be lots of fun...we get back to London on the 20th b/c Kims flight leaves early on the 21st. Im staying at Lukes the last night before I leave...Im sure we will do something memorable for my last night here. I cant believe Im leaving...I dont want to! Its been so much fun here and it kinda sux to meet such an awesome guy that I have to leave behind. We did have some great times the last 5 weeks that I will never forget thou. Thats what its all about. Plus he can always stop in Phoenix before he goes back home to Melbourne and hang out with me for a couple weeks or so. Well, I gotta stop looking at this computer screen and could really use a nap before our taxi comes to take us to the airport...we opted not to ride the trains today either:) Plus my luggage is a fricken pain in the neck.