One Month as a Londoner!

Hello, my Eagles! It’s hard to believe I have been in London for a month already. The past four weeks have been absolutely incredible. It was hard to leave my friends and family at first, but the transition has been easier than expected. London operates similarly to Boston, so it was only a matter of time before I was swiping my Oystercard (English version of the Charliecard) in and out of the tube (English version of the t) like a native.

I am in awe of this city every day: London has such beautiful architecture and diverse people! After a day here, I knew I had made the right choice when I decided to study abroad. With that said, I don’t even know where to start when recapping the past month, but I will provide a highlight reel:

– Stood on the red carpet at the BFI London Film Festival and met Ansel Elgort from The Fault in Our Stars & Divergent
– Visited Buckingham Palace (unfortunately, the Queen was not in)
– Gone for afternoon tea (3 times thus far – my flatmate and I are a bit obsessed)
– Watched Frozen on a rooftop by the Westfield shopping center near the Olympic Park
– Eaten at food markets in Camden, Bourough, and Brick Lane
– Brunched with a full English breakfast at The Breakfast Club
– Seen Stonehenge
– Explored Bath in northern England
– Shopped at Harrod’s
– Seen Dan Croll in concert at KOKO (look up his song “From Nowhere”)

My advice for anyone studying abroad is: Do it. If you have ability to, you must take it. This has been the most amazing experience so far, and I wish everyone would seize this opportunity.

Cheers!
Ariana

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