As I am slowly but surely getting this blog up-to-date on my journeys abroad, I now bring to you my long overdue London adventures! So, I went to London the day after I came back from Morocco at the end of January. In other words, I went to three countries and two continents in one week…life was amazingly busy that week and it was so much fun! Coming to Europe, London was definitely on my list of places to see while I was here and I was glad my friend Becca was going so I could tag along with her!
We took a very early bus to Malaga to then catch our flight via Ryan Air. Once we arrived, pretty late, we found our hostel which was right below a bar. I highly recommend St. Christopher Hammersmith's (above Belushi's Bar) if you want to go to London. It's right next to the tube and you get free breakfast, wi-fi and great discounts for food at the bar! The next day woke up to go to a free tour of Westminster from Covent Garden where we saw Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey (where Will and Kate got married), and more!
After the tour we got fish and chips and headed over to Richmond University to meet some friends from Bradley! I didn't know how much I missed hanging out in a dorm with friends until then. I do love my host mom, but sometimes I just want to hang out in a friend's room. We went out for pizza for dinner and so delicious cake. Just hanging out was fun and since I didn't know Sarah and Katey very well it was good to chat with them! If was even better the next day when we all saw Windsor Castle. I love how there is so much history in such random places in London. The castle was huge and is apparently where the Queen hangs out on the weekends since she loves the countryside and can't stand the city. We saw a grand dollhouse and got a really cool view of the surrounding area! That night we went to Piccadilly's Circus. It reminded me a of mini Time's Square with lots of lights, food and clubs! We went to one, but mostly walked around and met up with more of Sarah and Katey's friends.
The next day was our last full day and we all went to see the Tower of London! It was raining, but absolutely amazing. We saw the London Bridge, the Queen's Crown Jewels, the Bloody Tower and the site where Anne Boelyn was beheaded. Again, there is history everywhere in London, which is probably what I loved most. We went to the museum where they filmed one of movies from "The Night at the Museum" series. It was huge and looked like Hogwarts. We came at the end of the day so we only saw the Earth exhibit.
Aside from the sites here I also loved the people we met. When we were changing hostels (wearing our backpacks) a guy named Rob asked us "excuse me miss this may be an obvious question, but are you backpacking?" We met so many random people on the Tube too who were super friendly and helpful when we needed directions. In our last hostel Becca and I were separated and I lived with Francesca for the last two nights. She was from Chile, but is studying English in London. We spoke in Spanglish since I am learning Spanish and she was learning the opposite. It was really cool hearing her talk about the differences between British English and American English because I was reminded of my struggle of learning Spain Spanish here, but all my life I have been taught South American/Central American Spanish. We had a great conversation and ll in all, I loved London (aside from the British Pound to American Dollar currency conversion). I would definitely go back in the future, but maybe in the summer to avoid the cold!!
I'd rather splurge on a good meal than a nice hotel, wine than water and plane tickets than club covers. Traveling and eating are my two favorite things, so follow my journey to see where I go and eat next! I'm just living my best life.