Tuesday, January 8, 2013

London Calling!


Cheers everyone!

"Cheers" that seems to be a popular word here in the ole' UK. Definitely gonna take sometime getting used to that one.

Well I've finally arrived here in London! After a miserable red eye here (my flight actually wasn't miserable, I just think all red eyes are miserable). I arrived at my dorm, met my roommate, and about a million other people who all happen to be from Chicago - well maybe not all one million of them, but most.

On the first day we had to go out and buy bedding. Have any of you heard of Primark before? It's like Target with an H&M style with even cheaper prices! Cray cray, I know! I will most definitely be heading back there to check out the clothes.

The first night our entire dorm went on one huge pub crawl! I was able to meet so many people and get to see where the best bars in London are. Oh, did I mention that I am legal drinking age here? So crazy and weird and exciting all at the same time!

The next two days were spent at orientation. The first day we got a walking tour of central/west London and ended the tour at a pub we're we had our first taste of British food: Sunday Roast. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of it. It's is pretty much a pot roast with potatoes, vegetables, and some kind of pastry.

I've been using every spare chance I've gotten to just explore the city that is my new home for the next five months. Today we went to the National Gallery. Some of the paintings were just breathtaking. It was unreal to stand a foot away from Van gogh's Sunflowers. We walked to there so it was a blast just seeing the city and getting lost.

Afterwards we walked around Covent Gardens which is such a cute place to shop. There's markets, little boutiques, restaurants, and performers. We came across this really funny magician. All of the street performers in London are extremely different than the ones in the U.S. They're all actual acts and people with talent. They really entice their audience and in return the people here are much more generous with throwing a little something their way.

Here are some photos from my recent explorations, enjoy!

Me in Trafalgar Square!

Carnaby Street

The National Gallery

Trafalgar Square










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4 comments :

  1. Lucky you! What an experience you will have :)

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  2. How exciting! I lived in London one summer for my Master's program. Soak it all in!! Amazing city!! Hope you enjoy every moment!

    Andrea

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  4. OMG you're having such an awesome adventure!!

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