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This may come as a surprise to many of you, but I’ve never actually “done Europe.” Yes, I spent this summer traveling around Europe — but I only hit up Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the UK. I’ve never been to Paris. Or Berlin. Or Barcelona. I haven’t seen Prague. Or Amsterdam. Or Vienna.

In fact, I haven’t even properly “done” London. Yes, I’ve been to this amazing city twice in the past year. But the first time was for the Olympics and the second was for a conference — meaning I’ve never had the chance to just be a tourist in London at all. I haven’t taken a Big Bus tour or ridden The Eye. I haven’t seen a West End show, or even been inside St. Paul’s. I haven’t even been to Oxford Street!

London, I’m sorry. We’ve “met,” but haven’t been truly introduced yet. Let’s change that next year?

Because I want to Go With Oh to London!



Earlier this year, apartment rental company Go With Oh hosted a blogger contest, with the winner getting an amazing opportunity to travel around Europe for a month this fall. I’ve been turning varying shades of green for weeks as I’ve watched winner Leah (along with fellow travel blogger Lola) having some of the amazing European experiences I myself have always wanted to have.

So when I found out there was going to be another contest for spring/summer 2013, I knew I had to enter!

But what to say? What could I possibly write that could wow the Go With Oh judges and convince them to choose me and send me to Europe next year?

I could tell them that I’d want to visit some of London’s best museums, cruise the Thames at night, see the Changing of the Guard, catch a show on the West End, visit St. Paul’s and Westminster Abbey, and finally ride the London Eye.

I could tell them that I want to eat curry on Brick Lane, see what weird things I can find at the Camden Market, straddle the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, and make some faces at Buckingham Palace guards (complete with photos, of course!).

I could could offer to go geek and search for as many Harry Potter locations/references as I can find, ride as many double-decker buses as possible, and learn some of the best British slang there is.

But simply “telling” won’t really cut it, I don’t think. I could go on and on in this post about how I would blog the bejeezus out of this trip and do all sorts of amazing (and perhaps crazy) things all across Europe. But I don’t think you’ll really take me seriously.

So instead of just writing about my ideal trip to London, I’m going to rap about it.


I said rap.

Check it out:


Now, if this doesn’t scream dedication to this contest and to Go With Oh (and London, for that matter!), I don’t know what does! (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for full lyrics.)

The winner of this competition will get to spend one week in 4 different European cities in spring/summer 2013 — that’s a whole glorious month in Europe. And I want that month, so badly! For me, this would be the perfect opportunity to finally explore Western Europe and visit some of the major cities I’ve always wanted to — all so I can write about them for you, of course!

So, if you liked my rap (or at least found it amusing), please share this post and tell @GoWithOh that you think I should be their spring/summer 2013 blogger!


Seriously. I get creativity points for that rap, right?


And, for YOUR chance to win some cool stuff from Go With Oh (like iPads, iPhones, apartment vouchers and more), check out their Facebook competition!

And now for the lyrics:

I want to explore London with Go With Oh
It’s the capital of England, don’t you know?
I’ll ride the Tube, I’ll mind the gap,
I’ll even go so far as to write this rap!

I’ll cross the Tower Bridge over the River Thames;
take a speedy water taxi all the way to Big Ben.

Watch some football in a pub; a West End show,
Buskers on the South Bank, Shakespeare at the Globe.

I’ll take the Piccadilly line down to Leicester Square;
to Westminster, to Paddington (just like the bear).

I’ll ride a double-decker bus to Abbey Road,
Gotta get my Beatles shot before I go home.

Go to Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square,
Make faces at the guards as they stand and stare.

I’ll head to Brick Lane to have a nice curry,
Take a walk through Hyde Park, I won’t be in a hurry.

I’ll keep an eye out for the Queen, and for Wills and Kate,
I’ll ride the London Eye, look at art at the Tate.

And then, at the end, when I run out of good rhymes,
I’ll just throw in a mention bout Greenwich Mean Time!

I want to explore London with Go With Oh
It’s the capital of England, don’t you know?
I’ll ride the Tube, I’ll mind the gap,
I’ll even go so far as to write this rap!


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44 Responses to I Want to Go With Oh to London! (Complete with London Rap Video)

  1. Hahaha! This is great. Good luck – hope to see you in Berlin at some point :)

    PS I love the polar bear hat!!
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  2. hahahaaaa oh my god you HAVE to win

  3. Amanda this is hilarious… Go with Oh should send you to Berlin though ;)
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    • DangerousBiz says:

      If nothing else, it proves I have a sense of humor, right?? ;)

      And as for Berlin, it’s one of the 4 cities I would ask Go With Oh to send me to if they pick me!

  4. You’re definitely going to win. No doubt in my mind (I laughed out loud at Paddington, like the bear).
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  5. BAHAHA! You had Chris and I dying. We wouldn’t even be mad if you won. :) I think you need to rap on the reg, if you know what I mean.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hahaha glad I have your blessing to win. ;) And that I had both of you dying – I’M the one usually dying watching YOUR videos! Who knows, maybe more throwing down of rhymes will be in my future.

  6. If for some ungodly reason you don’t win, you at least deserve a huge prize for effort and originality! :)
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  7. Jennifer says:

    This. Was. AWESOME! Great contest entry. If you end up in Venice, let me know. I would love to finally meet up!
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  8. Priscilla says:

    I bet you win! Very clever and brave!
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  9. You got my vote. That was great! Just remember to mind the gap.
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  10. Gaelyn says:

    You are Good! With this you definitely Win.
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  11. Rachel says:

    The Eye would be your great tour of the whole city. Ride on it during the night for you’ll see the whole city at its best, but if you’re not afraid of heights and is interested on seeing the real whole city, then you must try the Shard. No regrets, trust me. ;)

  12. memographer says:

    That’s awesome! Love the polar bear part :) Good luck!

  13. Sofie says:

    Woooow you should so win! I love it!
    Wish I’d known about this cometition sooner, though :D
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    • DangerousBiz says:

      Well you still have a day to enter! Lots of good entries so far, so I know winning will be tough… but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  14. OMG you absolutely must win! LOVE!!!!
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  15. Absolutely hilarious! Kudos to you!
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  16. Ayngelina says:

    How can they not choose you, you are adorable!
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  17. Leah Travels says:

    Too funny! I certainly give you credit for the rap and the creativity. Haha…When I entered, a Houston recording artist wrote and performed a rap for me. It was awesome! I could never have done what you did. Good luck!

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    • DangerousBiz says:

      Well I’m definitely not a pro rapper, but I had fun with this (obviously!). It’s good to be able to make a fool of yourself sometimes. ;) Plus, I wanted to prove that I want this really really badly!

  18. OK I was going to do London but I can’t compete with this. This is totally awesome! They have to pick you. Even though I have lots of ties to London, they have to pick you. Awesome job Amanda!
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  19. Rachel says:

    OMG I can’t stop laughing. Way to put yourself out there! :)

    I’ve entered myself, but I certainly won’t begrudge you victory. Hope to see you in London!
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  20. Lauren says:

    Hahaha, that was awesome, love the polar bear hat! Good luck!
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  21. Love your courage and sense of humor – this video is fantastic! Hope you win :):)
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  22. This still makes us laugh! It’s so great & accurate! So LONDON! :)

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