September 20, 2016

I arrived to London over a week and a half ago and I am already so comfortable here.  As much as I have loved being a tourist, it has been so nice coming back "home" to our cozy flat in Clerkenwell, a quiet but trendy neighborhood in London.

Crossing the Pond
My dad dropped my mom and me off at Newark Airport bright and early two Saturday mornings ago. We bid America farewell waving Walmart flags in our hands. We left just as the sun rose in NJ and landed as it set over London.
London Adventures
After landing in London, we enjoyed a couple nights in South Kensington and spent the days shopping for bedding, towels and decor for my flat. I loved strolling around Covent Garden (the Faneuil Hall of London) despite the record-breaking heat. We tried to cover as much ground as we could the first few days. A highlight was meeting our British friends the Dodworths for dinner and taking a late night walk to Buckingham Palace. We were the only ones there and it was so surreal.

Tea at Sketch
Another favorite was meeting up with my friends from Wake who I am living with here in London, Abby, Hannah, and both their moms for an over-the-top afternoon tea at Sketch. This was definitely on my bucket list and it was even cooler than I expected. While the tea served is traditional and quintessentially British, the bathrooms there are super modern with rainbow lights everywhere and toilets in individual white pods- an experience in themselves.

Buckingham Palace
My mom's friend Jacquie flew over and joined us in London and we all took a tour of Buckingham Palace. We were lucky because the palace is only open certain times of year while the Queen is away. It was so ornate and beautiful inside but there was a no photography policy so we just snapped these outside pics.

Notting Hill
Something tells me I am going to be spending a lot of Saturday mornings wandering the Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill. It is like a giant, festive farmer's market that goes on for miles. People are selling antiques, crafts and homemade food from all different cultures.  Plus, it is famous for the colorful pastel homes which are nothing short of adorable.


So pumped for an amazing semester in London with two of my favorite people on the planet! Stay tuned for more adventures soon.

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