Continuing to win London

Hello, hello!

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.

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