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Getaway to Oxford and London: introduction

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A few months ago our friend Júlia gave us the news that she was going to live in Oxford. He had found work in an editorial and had decided to make a change of air. She asked us if we were going to visit her and obviously my face lit up with the request. At the beginning of July we decided to visit her together with another couple of friends in a holiday mini-break. We decided to go about 5 days to Oxford and London. For us it was also a novelty because for the first time we made a trip with another couple, and the truth is that it was a great experience.

The easiest and fastest way to get to London is by air. The first thing that surprised me negatively is that there are only two low-cost companies that fly to London: Easyjet and Ryanair. Easyjet flies from Prat airport and to Luton, Stansted and Gatwick airports. Ryanair flies to the same airports as Easyjet but from Girona. We finally decided to buy the flight with Ryanair because there was a lot of price difference with Easyjet. But as I said before, what they do not charge you with the plane ticket they try to charge you with everything. Billing the suitcase costs € 20 each way and, in addition, you have to take your printed boarding pass (which if they don't make you pay). Our first destination was Oxford and to go from Stansted Airport to Oxford you can go by bus. National Express has a bus that takes about 3 and a half hours to reach Oxford and costs the modest amount of £ 43.50. Another option is to go by train to London and take another train to Oxford. We, as we wanted to visit some towns in the Oxfordshire and Stonehenge area, decided to rent a car. The company that had a more reasonable price was AVIS, since a medium 5-seater car cost us £ 90 two days.

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Careful when renting the car because we were made to pay the gas tank in advance at the airport (and thus be able to return the empty tank) claiming that it had to be done that way and that at the bottom it was cheaper. It seemed very strange to me, because they usually give you that option and to return the car with a full tank, and our surprise came when they returned to tell us that they could choose and that they did not give us back the gas money that We had not spent and after discussing very politely with the seller told us that if we wanted to claim that we did it by mail. It goes without saying that as soon as I got the gas bill I sent a claim letter and we are currently in the process. Sleeping in Oxford is not cheap. There are several hotels and B&B starting at £ 80 a night. Of course, those of £ 80 are very shabby, and shabby for shabby, unless it is cheap. So we went to sleep at a hostel. There are three hostels in Oxford and the only one that was available was the Oxford Backpackers Hostel. The hostel is very central and next to the train station. The decor is horrible but the bed in an 8-person bedroom costs € 18. It was not the first time he slept sharing a room but it was the first time he did it in an 8 bedroom. Usually people usually go to sleep early and get up early, since they only stay there one night. The essential thing to be able to "sleep" in a hostel is to take PLUGS and an ANTIFACE. The first thing to avoid snoring, waking noises and the Oxford Backpackers Hostel especially to not hear the music of the disco below. The mask is so that the sun does not wake you up, since outside Spain there are few countries that use blinds.

Common area of ​​the hostel.

In London we stayed at the same hotel where I slept the first time I went with my friend Mo (expert in finding bargains) and Azuki. The hotel in question is the Winsord House Hotel, is a couple of minutes from Earls Court tube station (Zone 1: District and Piccadilly Line). They have rooms without shower or washbasin, with only shower or with both. When we booked they only had one room with a shower and bathroom and the other only with a shower (the bathroom was in the hallway), the night with breakfast included cost us 57 pounds.

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