Why hello, everyone! I’m coming to you live from London after (another) busy day of sightseeing and classes. The past six days have been like nothing I have ever experienced before and this is only the beginning!
I started off my Study Abroad program when I flew into London on May 17th and have been going non-stop ever since! So much has happened in a mere few days and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Wednesday May 18th, 2016
On our first full day we went on a tour of London and had the chance to go inside Westminster Abbey! It was my first real experience with European architecture and it was truly extraordinary. One of the coolest parts for me was walking by the burial sites of Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Charles Dickens. I never thought I would be able to say that!
That night we also saw Kinky Boots, which was our first theater performance of the trip. I really enjoyed it! The performer who was cast as Lola absolutely lit up the stage and I was blown away by his/her energy. I’m so glad that was part of our trip!
Also, before I get too far into the post, here is some pub food that I got to eat during my first few days! It was just as delicious as it looks!
Thursday May 19th-Friday May 20th, 2016
After class I hopped on a train to go see one of my best friends, Frankie! Her family welcomed me into their home and prepared an authentic English roast for dinner. It was amazing and delicious!
The next morning, Frankie was able to show me the high street near her home. We were able to go to Primark to shop and Nando’s to eat!
Then we got to do the Harry Potter studio tour in London which was one of the most surreal experiences of my entire life. I just watched all of the movies for my first time ever this past spring break (I know, I’m a decade and a half behind). With the movies so fresh in my mind, walking through the Hogwarts doors into the dining hall, seeing Diagon Alley, visiting the house on Privet Drive, etc. was more than magical.
The Warner Bros. Studio lot in London is where the actors from the Harry Potter series basically grew up, so just being able to step foot there was such an honor. It was such an interactive and immersive experience and definitely a must-do if you’re a Harry Potter fan visiting London!
Up Next: Sherlock Holmes Museum and London Zoo!