At a very young age, around the same time I realized that wearing tee shirts that said “Don’t Kiss and Text” were probably the worst fashion decision I’ve ever made, I set my sights on London. I didn’t just set my sights on it; I set my heart on it. It would take me almost a decade later to get there, but it would happen, and it would be everything I ever dreamed of.
This past summer I finally got there, with my mom as my sidekick, and explored the ins-and-outs of the city. Growing up right outside of Manhattan and now living in D.C., London reminded me of what it would be like if both cities had a baby together (weird visual, I know, but work with me here).
Traveling there was simultaneously the most amazing and surreal time of my life. It was the first time I had ever set foot in Europe, and it was more than I could have imagined. I remember listening to Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars” as the plane flew through the English countryside before it landed in the infamous Heathrow Airport. We spent a short but packed four days in the city, and saw about every major landmark. The only places we didn’t go to were the museums, but mark my words: Tate Gallery, I’m coming for ya!
If you haven’t been, I suggest you book your ticket today. As a matter of fact, book your ticket right now. Yes, London is a rainy city, but speaking as someone who has suffered from severe frizzy hair her whole life, it was not that bad. I’m used to torrential down pours on the East Coast, so a little London drizzle was nothing.
Side note: something you should know about London is that they don’t serve Iced Tea year round. Yes, I was as shocked as you are. Iced Tea is a refreshing, all year beverage in the states. It’s a “seasonal summer” drink in London (I’m quoting the waiter we had). So don’t go demanding your iced or sweet tea in the middle of May there, cause you’re not getting it!
Without a doubt, I’m going back to London. Hopefully, if everything works out, I’ll be spending not next spring, but the following spring studying there. But for now, I’ll just reminisce on my time there, and share with you some pictures from London (and hopefully convince you that you should go as well).
Enjoying the English countryside while landing
The infamous red telephone booths.
Good ol’ Big Ben looking spiffier than ever.
Some seriously lush flowers at a flower stand (side note: I’ve never seen flowers as vibrant as these before).
The super cute café we ate at each morning.
The Tower Bridge, not to be confused with the London Bridge (they made this very clear to us tourists on the tour bus).
Kensington Palace, where Will and Kate spend their time.
And finally, the delicious waffle I ate that left me with battle wounds (I got a little too excited and chomped down on my tongue by accident).