The place that has been my home for the past two and a half months. I was a little uneasy here at first, but I have grown to love it here. The historic section is quaint and beautiful, it boasts my favorite tea place in the entire world, and the sunsets here are unparalleled.
People that I met along the way:
My lovely flatmates
The lovely Brits of Beech 4
Petra: One of the best professors I’ve ever had. Her course was one of the most intellectually stimulating and challenging classes that I’ve ever taken. I aspire to be this woman.
The elderly woman from the NBF: I honestly could not understand the majority of what she said to me in conversation. But I’ll never forget when she put her arm around my shoulders and started slurring through the words of Greased Lightning.
A.E.: Kind of bummed I didn’t get to know you better; you seemed like a really cool person, and I wish we hung out more. But that’s life, and there’s one thing “I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Wishing you nothing but the best.
BGT: The most charming and wonderful of British men. He’s basically straight out of a Jane Austen novel.
Will: My favorite Nando’s employee.
Toothless Man at Morrison’s
Cab driver #2 from that Wednesday: thank you for being kind, and not charging us 60 pounds. You’re a saint.
And so many others…
Favorite Places that I Visited:
Buckingham Palace: Toured it on our first full day in London. Favorite palace that I visited. The Queen knows how to live.
Hyde Park: One of my favorite places in London. It’s absolutely beautiful.
Westminster Abbey: Surreal experience. We went on a guided tour, and then attended an evening song mass later in the day. I was seated amongst the choir. One of the most fulfilling, breathtaking, and strangely peaceful experiences of my life.
The Globe Theatre: Saw a Midsummer Night’s Dream here. No exaggeration, it was the best experience of my life. As an English major, I was in paradise.
Big Ben/the Houses of Parliament: I will never forget the first time I saw Big Ben as we drove by on our Big Red Sightseeing Tour Bus. It was more ornate and beautiful than I ever imagined. Somehow, once I came face to face with these buildings, it suddenly hit me: I was actually in London. I never get tired of seeing these amazing buildings.
Other Amazing Places:
The Tower of London, National Gallery & National Portrait Gallery, Kensington Palace/Kensington Gardens, British Museum, The Museum of the City of London, The London Eye, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Camden Market, St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. James’ Park, The British Library, The Tate Modern, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Attending the Mayor’s Question time at City Hall, Regent’s Street, Harrod’s/Knightsbridge.
People I met along the way:
Jonathan: The beautiful, kind, charming British guy that I sat next to on the flight to London. Thank you for talking to me for almost 5 hours, all the while enlightening me on British culture, customs, and what to expect in London. Thank you for saying that you were so happy you could be a part of my abroad experience - you were so sweet! Thank you for proving to me that British men are far superior to American men in terms of charm.
Marco: The interesting Italian man wearing a lavender suit jacket that we met at the Court. I’ll just leave it at that.
Bam Margera: I will never know your real name, so I will continue to refer to you as Bam Margera. Thank you, Bam Margera. Just thank you for being you, and for going to the Roxy. Thank you.
Glyn & Nest: Our wonderful hotel staff. They helped make our two week stay comfortable and enjoyable. Kind people.
Our Irish/British/and New Zealand friends from O’Neill’s: You were all so entertaining, and I will never forget all of the Irish jigging to Mumford and Sons that I witnessed that night.
Sammy, Peter, and Mark: Our teacher friends from the Court. We had fun discussing football, One Direction, and the British educational system with you lads. Sorry we couldn’t go to Shoreditch.
John: The jolliest, best tour guide ever.
London. Where do I even begin. The fifteen days that I spent in this magical city were truly the happiest days of my life. In two weeks time, my fellow Americans and I saw almost everything there is to see in London. Our days were packed full of activities; we always found ourselves scurrying to the nearest Tube station to catch a ride to our next destination. The days were exhausting, but I didn’t care that I had blisters on the back of my heels, a sore body, and bags under my eyes. It was the most amazing, jam-packed, crazy, thrilling, scary, uncertain, happy, and fulfilling time of my life. I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to spend two full weeks in the city that I had always dreamed of visiting. I’ve made a few trips back here throughout the semester, and every time I’m in awe. London, you captured my heart, and I will always love you.
Since my first semester abroad is almost over and I’ve been stranded at procrastination station for the past two hours, I’m going to spend some time reflecting on the experiences I’ve had thus far in this lovely country; places/sites I’ve visited, people I’ve met along the way, etc., will all be discussed.
I’ve also just realized that I never started a travel blog as planned…oops. Welp, this is going to have to be close enough! Here it goes…