Studying abroad is one of the greatest experiences for a college student. Not only does it consist of studying in another country, it also consists of traveling to different countries every weekend. Traveling that often might seem a bit overwhelming, however, I have to say it is my favorite part about studying abroad. One of my favorite places I traveled to has to be London. The city is beautiful, the people are friendly, the history is unbelievable, and the shopping is unlike anything I have ever seen before. My roommates and I fell in love with London.
Our first day in London was amazing, yet exhausting. My flight was at 7 am so I got about 2 hours of sleep. I drank two cups of coffee to stay awake throughout the day. We took the hop-on hop-off bus tour around the city. Even though it was freezing outside, we decided to sit on the top of the double decker bus to have the full experience.
The bus tour took us around the entire city and included headphones that had a recording explain the history behind each building and monument. Below are some photos I took on the tour:
We hopped off the bus at the Tower of London and also went inside the castle and learned about the history of the royal families in London. This was one of my favorite parts about London because it showed how different power is held in the United Kingdom than in America
We ended our day at Harrods department store. This was the largest department store I had ever seen. Harrods literally, and I mean literally, has everything you could imagine. It has designer clothes, a gourmet food court, electronics (Apple Store), a candy story, a toy store, restaurants, vintage records, and so much more. My roommates and I were in awe because we are used to department stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, which are about 1/4 of the size and are mainly full of clothing lines.
Not to mention, Harrods is beautifully lit up at night.
The next day we went to the Camden Market. Camden is a vintage-themed area that has a flee market, street food, and other vendors. We ate at Cereal Killer Cafe, a cafe that has over 100 different types of cereal from all over the world. We were able to choose our cereal, milk, and add sugary toppings. If you are a cereal-lover, Cereal Killer Cafe is a must-try in London!
Later that day, we went to Abbey Road, the street The Beatles were photographed walking across, which became the title of their final album. It was also the street where their studio, Abbey Road Studios, was located.
It was a cool experience walking across the same street that The Beatles did, however, I expected the street to be more exciting. It was very small and full of tourists. My roommates and I all agreed that this was the most overrated part of London.
Our last stop was at the Buckingham Palace. In my opinion, the palace was the most beautiful piece of architecture in London. We also went around the time the sun was setting, which made it even more beautiful.
London was one of the most incredible cities I have ever visited. I was constantly entertained the entire weekend. All of the history, culture, food, shops, and site seeing helped me forget about how exhausted I was. Waking up at 4 am to catch a flight, sitting in uncomfortable plane seats, and dealing with layovers is definitely all worth traveling abroad.