My girlfriend and I landed at Stanstead airport around 10 p.m. on Saturday night after a 13 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur. This meant it was about 5 a.m. back where we’d just come from. Jet-lag factor was high. We caught an EasyBus from the airport and got off close to Camden and then walked a few kilometers to the St Christopher Inn on Camden High Street.
The St Christopher’s Inn is above a pub called Belushi’s. It is pretty much a backpackers joint, but we got the third story room, number 5, which only sleeps two people in a bunk-bed type set up. My girl was pretty tired, so she went straight to bed. I, of course, had to sample the bar and have a look up and down the street. It was nearly midnight on a Saturday night so as you can probably imagine, Camden was going off. There’s a pub on every corner and the general look and feel of the place reminded me of Chapel Street in Prahran, Melbourne and Newtown in Sydney. It’s a very punk-rock, artist-type area, which suited me to a tee.
The next day my girlfriend was a little crook. She probably caught something from the plane. So after I got her some veggies and medication the living-hell out of her, I ventured down to the Camden Markets, on the Sunday, and it was bloody awesome. As I mentioned in my last post, we had a look at the China Town Markets when we were in Kuala Lumpur, but the Camden Markets are ten times cooler and ten times bigger! For starters, most of the stuff at the Camden Markets are actually quality, legitimate products at reduced prices, as opposed to the China Town Markets of KL, where everything is a rip-off and cheaply-made.
I had recently purchased a new camera for our world-tour but didn’t like the flashy-neck-strap that came with it. I found a great little leather store called Red Art Leather, where the leather-smith who ran the shop offered to make me a specialized strap that would go around my hand. I strolled around for ten minutes while-I-waited. Best 10 pounds I’ve ever spent.
Whether it be new clothes you’re after, a new camera strap, a unique winter-jacket, a bite to eat around a whole-bunch-of-other-people or just about anything you can imagine, the Camden Markets have it all.
Rob Kaay is an Australian author & musician
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