The more that I do in this city, the more I want to live here. I have done so much in the last week, but barely even started crossing off everything I want to do. Some of the things I am waiting to do until my parents visit (hi mom and dad) because they will pay for it, like a tour of Parliament or going inside Westminster Abbey. I even heard that for a certain number of pounds (like 15) you could see inside Buckingham Palace. Other things I just haven’t gotten to, because I really only have been here for like 6 days. I have a whole semester to accomplish it all, though.
Riding the London Eye was awesome. We went at night, and seeing the city light up just reminded me of all the possibilities that I have here. From the top of the eye, it seems like the city is infinite. There is nothing more exciting than being in a new city and realizing you have it all at your fingertips; a swipe of a Oyster card and you can get from St. Paul’s to Abbey road, Big Ben to Borough Market.
The cool thing about London is, like D.C., you never run out of things to do. From walking down South Bank or exploring St. James Park, or just grabbing a pint with some friends, you can always find something new.
London is also home to, or a stop for so many interesting people. On Monday night wee met a guy from Minnesota, who had quit his job and is now traveling Europe for 3 months. We grabbed a pint with him (at a bar called the Sherlock Holmes, which made me way to excited) and just talked about life and the rest of his travel plans. I find it so awesome how easy it is to strike up a conversation with a stranger, whether it be a native UK resident or a traveller passing through.
I am slowly learning the bus system in London, which is much easier than I anticipated. I have yet to ride the actual tube, though. It is double the price of the buses (even with an oyster card) and the buses are much more direct. A bus goes straight to Strand campus, which is where all of my classes are. There is also a pub in the student union, which has a great view of Thames river.
This weekend I am attending Fashion week (kind of). Its Fashion weekend, which is at the end of fashion week but allows the not famous people (like myself) to pay a certain amount of money to get in and see some shows. I am ridiculously excited to go and take pictures and basically pretend I am someone important. I get to see the upcoming styles and designers, drink champagne, and take home a goody bag full of products. Don’t worry; I will post all about my experience after the fact.
My birthday is in a few weeks, and I have a trip booked to Stonehenge and Bath for it. I also booked a trip to Amsterdam, but until those two events I am going to continue to explore and enjoy the most of London. There are so many things to do here, and I plan on seeing it all.