As promised, here is the first installment of my London Blogs, which I am calling “The London Series”. I have decided to format these blogs a little differently than some of my previous posts. During my trip, I kept a daily journal to ensure that I wouldn’t forget any of the tiny details of my time in Europe (though I’m not sure how well I actually did at achieving that, as I sat down to journal nightly after I had been drained from exploring all day!), and I have decided that I will mostly be sharing those entries, rather than trying to remember everything. These entries are more personal and less polished than what I usually share, and I hope that you enjoy reading them!
“Travel day. We found that the least expensive way to get to England would be to fly out of Toronto, which ended up being pretty convenient for us, since we live so close to the America/Canada border anyway. The flights that we ended up purchasing had us flying direct to London on the way over, and having a layover in Dublin, Ireland, on our way back. “
We stayed in SCHOMBERG HOUSE in London, England, which ended up being an amazing central location
“We landed in the UK this morning, after VERY little sleep on the plane, and it was still incredibly exciting. I watched The Devil Wears Prada (one of my favorite movies; my mom and I can quote most, if not all, of it!) and Fantastic Beasts on the ride over, which almost distracted me from the terrifying flight. I haven’t had any issues with flights before, but something about being in the air for so long, and being over the ocean made me a little nervous (plus the turbulence didn’t help!).”
“We searched all over for the apartment, and FINALLY found it after asking multiple people for help. It was pretty funny because the locals seemed confused by our questions and kept pointing us in different directions, but we stumbled into a foreign exchange student from America who recognized us by our accents and was able to get us where we needed to be. For some reason, our phone GPS’s aren’t working like they are supposed to. Hopefully this will be sorted out in the days to come…
We are getting settled into our flat now and will head for the Thames and Big Ben Shortly.”
“We ended up walking up to the Globe Theatre and eating at this cute little pub along the water called ‘The Anchor’. I was warned ahead of time not to get too excited about the English food (by people who had never been to England, mind you), but I got chicken and mushroom pie with mashed potatoes, which was Delicious. I was also introduced to Pimm’s and lemonade, which was incredibly refreshing after walking around all day in the hot sun.
So far we have seen Big Ben, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge (from a distance) among some other things, and I can’t wait to get out and see everything close up! All in all, I would say that we had a very successful first day in London.”
I hope you enjoyed reading about my first full day in London. Stay tuned for the second part of The London Series, as well as some big news for the blog! I’ve also been trying some new formatting for pictures, so please let me know what you think in the comments below!
Until next time,