Two months in and one month to go. London is still fantastic – so much has happened in the past month. I will try to fit in as much as I can!
- Crossed Abbey Road in honor of The Beatles
- Ate lunch at The Shard, the tallest building in Europe
- Climbed to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral — absolutely breathtaking in every respect. I wish I had the words to describe how beautiful it is inside and how lovely the view is
- Took a weekend trip to Amsterdam and Bruges — very beautiful cities!
- Saw three plays:
- King Charles III – about what would happen if the Queen died and Charles would take the throne. Very British and culturally relevant
- Speed-the-Plow featuring Lindsay Lohan – about Hollywood and the movie industry. Not great, but I was excited to see Lindsay
- Made in Dagenham — musical about the ladies of Ford Dagenham fighting for equal pay. Another culturally relevant play that was both entertaining and informative
- Planted poppies at the Tower of London for Remembrance Day to honor the centennial of the First World War
- Took a day trip to Paris for my 20th birthday — absolutely remarkable and beautiful. Again, I wish I had the words to describe that city
- Visited the Olympic Park & saw the aquatic center
- Started watching Sherlock and found the filming site for Baker Street on North Gower Street
- Attended a USA vs. Colombia football match at Fulham football club — got to cheer on former Eagle Alejandro Bedoya who played in the World Cup this summer
- Made a day trip to Cambridge and got to travel in a car again, visit an English home, and see colleges of Cambridge — one of the oldest universities in England
Though this has all been amazing, I must acknowledge that I still miss my friends and family dearly. There is no doubt that being abroad is worth it, but adjusting to life so far away has been part of the experience. I understand that this is what happens when I’m thousands of miles from home, which is why I continue to embrace it. Plus, I still have loads more afternoon tea to drink before I leave. My tea count is now at 6, but I feel I have not yet ingested enough finger sandwiches to be truly British enough.