Hello all! This past weekend I hopped on a plane, and a short two hours later I landed at the Heathrow Airport in London. Ahhhh the ease of travel in Europe!!! Once in London, I went through immigration which was extremely strict and a bit daunting…I´m surprised I was let into the country! I then caught a bus headed towards Brighton, England. Once off the bus in Brighton I was immediately greeted and hug tackled by one of my best friends at HC, Amanda (who is also blogging)! She is studying at the University of Sussex and like me, is having an amazing time.
She gave me the grand tour of the campus, which included a massive library, multiple eateries, cafés, bars, mini grocery stores and gorgeous trees and green quads. After meeting her British roommates, we ventured into town. Sussex is located about 20 minutes outside of Brighton, which is located on the south-eastern coast of England. It is a cool and ¨happening¨ city, with many stores, clubs, restaurants, beaches and a pier with carnival rides. Unfortunately the temperatures remained below zero, so we stuck to the indoor activities. We found an excellent Italian restaurant, ate our body weight in pasta, and then returned to her dorm as we were absolutely exhausted.
The next day we travelled north to London. We walked and toured London for hours on end, which included without a doubt: the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Primrose Cupcake Bakery, Starbucks, and of course Platform 9 3/4! After mastering the ¨underground¨ (the local ¨L¨, ¨T¨ or ¨metro¨ depending where you are from) and riding it all over London, we sleepily returned to the hotel. Even though I hadn´t hung out with Amanda for more than 6 hours in the past 6 months, it felt like just yesterday we were laughing in the Mulledy hallways and spending hours at the Kimball dinner table. While both of us dearly miss Holy Cross and the comforts and familiarity of the USA, we both are having amazing a life changing experiences abroad that we wouldn´t change for the world.
Now back in Spain, I am eager to start my second semester of classes tomorrow! Wish me luck!!!
Dato Divertido: On January 2nd, 2011, Spain issued an amazing and an intelligent new law…they prohibited smoking from restaurants, bars and clubs! This was exciting for me as now I don´t have to worry about having my clothes and hair smell like smoke for days after eating a tortilla in my favorite restaurant!
The London Eye at night!
Don´t you love the hat?
So many places to see in London!
Any fans of the TV series ¨Friends¨? Especially the episode when they make the trip to London?!?
The London Eye…we were very high in the sky!
A view from above…
The London Eye by day!
If you ever travel to London…you must go here!
The classic london double deckers! How cool!