My trip lasted almost three weeks, so I am going to break up my blog posts into several parts so it's not too ridiculously long. And I will start off with the first city I was in: London!
|Me saying bye to Chloe since it was the last time I'll see her until Thanksgiving.|
Based on her facial expression, she was obviously very upset that I was leaving.
Aw I miss my little puppy, but it's only a couple more weeks until Thanksgiving now :)
|And I'm off to the airport, suitcase in hand!|
My flight to London was a red-eye, so I arrived around 10am, completely jet-lagged and exhausted. I took the tube from Heathrow and met my friend Ciela at her work near Marble Arch where we were reunited! I hadn't seen her since June when she visited the US, so it was so great seeing her again! After meeting up with her, she went back to work, and I headed to her flat for a much needed nap!
Later on, Ciela and I met up again for a very exciting start to the trip. Her co-worker had VIP tickets to the Chelsea football match and invited us to go! We got a free three-course meal with unlimited beer and wine, and then we had box seats for the match. The food was amazing, and the match was so much fun! I will admit I started to fall asleep a couple of times because I was so exhausted and jet-lagged, but I still had a great time, and Chelsea won!
|selfie with Ciela before the match|
The next day, Ciela had to work again, but I had a fun day exploring. She lives right next to Hyde Park, so I spent my day walking all over the park, which was so nice and relaxing! My favourite part of the park was Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace which were both so pretty!
|At one point, there was a swarm of hundreds of pigeons, swans, and geese.|
I'm afraid of all three, so I was feeling pretty anxious! There were some people
that were actually trying to pet and feed them though. Those people are crazy!
|the Princess Diana Memorial|
|the Prince Albert Memorial|
|Kensington Palace, followed by the beautiful Kensington Gardens|
|a scenic ride to our afternoon tea sitting in the front of the double decker bus|
|sushi, sashimi, and cocktails... YUM!|
And then it was Friday, and Ciela was heading home to Holland for the weekend. (I was originally supposed to arrive in London a week later, but after I was offered the position at L'Oréal, I had to change my flights and come earlier, and unfortunately Ciela had already booked her flights home for her mom's birthday.) But on the bright side, Lexi was coming to London that day with her study abroad program, and she decided to stay in London with me for the weekend! Lexi's program went to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre until about 4pm, so before meeting up with Lexi, I explored some more of London!
I started off by taking the tube to the Financial District (I just gotta say, I spotted some major hotties walking around that area haha ;) I literally spotted about 50 contenders to be my future husband haha). Along with all the eye candy, I saw the Gherkin and then made my way to the Thames. I walked all along the river all the way down to the Tower of London and walked over the Tower Bridge. Then I walked along the South Bank, seeing the HMS Belfast, City Hall, the Shard, Borough Market, the Millennium Bridge, and then finally the Globe Theatre. I met up with Lexi after her show got out, and then the sister weekend had begun!
|the Tower of London. All the red poppies are a tribute to World War I since it started|
exactly 100 years ago. The memorial surrounded the Tower and looked really incredible.
|the Tower Bridge|
|the Financial District including the Walkie Talkie and the Gherkin|
|the Millennium Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral|
|Shakespeare's Globe Theatre|
|reunited with Lexi!|
|Wagamama dinner... so delicious!!|
|Three London icons in one shot: Big Ben, the London Eye, and a red double decker bus|
|our cocktails from Giraffe! They make the best cocktails ever|
The next day, Lexi and I decided to check out an area of London that neither of us has been to before: the trendy area of East London called Shoreditch! Shoreditch kind of has a reputation of being really hipster, like the way Williamsburg is in New York. It was so cool! There was a ton of awesome graffiti all over Shoreditch and we came across a few vintage markets that had some really cool things.
After exploring for a while, we headed to King's Cross Station to see the sight that was probably at the top of both of our London bucket lists: Platform 9 and 3/4! We are both huge Harry Potter fans, so we absolutely loved seeing this! We got our pictures taken "running into the platform", Lexi as a Gryffindor and me as a Ravenclaw. It was so awesome :)
|Hogwarts, here I come!|
|I am going to live in a house like this someday|
|Before heading to the bus to Bath, of course we had to get some London phone box pictures!|
I had an amazing first leg of my trip in London! Check out the next post to hear about what I got up to during my time in Bath!