The family takes London.

Two weeks ago, my parents came to London, and I had an amazing time showing them around my home.  It was exhausting, but absolutely amazing.  We did so many great attractions, so here our full itinerary (It’s probably faster to post this than to write about every single thing we did):

Saturday:
Surprise Parents!
Rest!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Sunday:
Walk through Hyde Park and Green Park
Changing of the guards
Greenwich – Cutty Sark and Flamsteed House and Prime Meridian
DaMario’s! (Italian restaurant where Diana used to take William and Harry)

Monday:
Covent Gardens
St. Paul’s Cathedral
High Tea at Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Tuesday:
Les Mis

Wednesday:
Dirty Dancing

Thursday:
The View from the Shard

Friday:
Let It Be

Saturday:
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Portobello Market
Jack the Ripper tour

Sunday:
Oxford, the Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon

Here are an assortment of pictures from our busy, busy week:

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Thanks again for visiting me, Cindy and Larry! I had a great time!

I Am(sterdam)

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Canal Tour

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Amsterdam.  All you ever hear about the city is that weed is legal, but the city is so much more than that.  It is honestly so beautiful.  There are canals everywhere, and the architecture is unique, but still classic.  The city is built over water; therefore some of the houses are crooked due to the soft ground.  When we first got there, MK and I got lunch at a place called “Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.”  I am not kidding when I say this.  If you haven’t guessed already, I got a falafel wrap, A.K.A. my must-have in every country.  Then, we got desert at a waffle place right near our hotel.  I got a waffle with natural yoghurt and Nutella, and it was heavenly.  Afterwards, we went on a canal tour of the city.  I loved being able to learn about the history of the city and see a lot of the major locations.  Being on the canals was also an added bonus because the bridges were beautifully lit up.

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

The next day, we went to Museumplein, which is where all the museums are located.  MK went to the Van Gogh museum, while I went to the Rijks Museum.  The museum had a wide variety of art, with the exhibits divided by the century.  They had everything from ship models to jewelry to classical artwork.  The museum had pieces from Van Gogh, Vanmour, and Rembrandt.  While we were in the area, we obviously had to take a picture with the I Am Amsterdam sign.  I know this is a popular sign, but you will never understand how popular it is until you visit the area.  You essentially have to run at a letter and hope you beat everyone else to it in order to take a picture.  Also, there is no way in the world you are getting a picture of the entire sign without a million people in front of it.  Then, we returned to the waffle place for a second time, and this time I got a waffle with white chocolate and strawberries.  Yes, I’m sure I gained 5 pounds this weekend with all my healthy eating.  That afternoon, we did our souvenir shopping.  I had to buy my postcard for the trip, and I also splurged and bought a sweatshirt.  So look for it around Elon.  I’m going to where it all the time.  Once it got dark (but was still early), we walked around the Red Light District.  It was an experience.  Another one that you will never fully understand until you go.  I’m still in shock over how casual the women were, but I’ll leave it at that.

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Heineken Experience

For our last day, we went to the Anne Frank House, which was as emotional as you would imagine.  All of the rooms were left empty in honor of all the people whose lives were left empty after losing their loved ones.  We went up into the attic where they stayed, and it is unbelievable that they lived in such a small area.  It really puts it into perspective how much danger people were in and how desperate they were to survive the Nazi attacks.  They had the original Anne Frank diaries and the photographs she hung on her wall, as well as many other artifacts from when she and her family lived there.  The videos that were shown were extremely emotional.  You could truly see how impacted Otto and Miep Gies were affected by this period in their life.  Last but not least, we went to the Heineken tour.  It presented the history of the company, took you through the brewing process, and gave you the opportunity to practice pouring your own beer.  I really enjoyed the tour because it was extremely interactive.  There was a simulator where you were “turned into beer,” a place where you could DJ a Heineken party, and a place where you could make a music video.  They also provided visitors with a free boat service back into the center of town.  The city was absolutely amazing, and I promise that it is much more than a city where smoking is legal.

Remember, remember the 5th of November. And Copenhagen. And lots of London museums.

Wow, these last two weeks have flown by.  I cannot believe I am getting close to the end of my time here in London.  It feels like just yesterday I was boarding the plane to start a new adventure.  I’ll save the rest of my sappiness for later on, since I still have over three weeks left.

Two weekends ago, I went to Copenhagen to visit my friend, Rachel Miller, and I am absolutely in love.  First of all, she is staying with an amazing host family, and it was great to be able to stay in a real home for a weekend, instead of an apartment with way too many girls. Haha.  On Saturdays, we went to the glass market, and I was quickly informed about all types of Danish food.  I bought Flødebollers there: one mocha and one raspberry.  Basically, they are chocolate (or raspberry, in my case) covered marshmallows with a cookie on the bottom.  And they are delicious.  Afterwards, we went to a Copenhagen football game, where they won four to nothing.  It was a great game because all four goals were made back to back near the end of the game.  I’ve also been dying to go to a football game since I’ve been here, so I’m glad I was able to accomplish that goal.  That night, we got dinner at this suburb Thai restaurant.  Sunday, we had a jammed packed day.  First, we went to La Glace, the oldest bakery in Denmark. Afterwards, we went on a canal tour to see the entire city.  We rode by the Opera House, the theater, the Little Mermaid, the Queen’s palace (Denmark has the oldest monarchy in Europe), and so many other beautiful areas.  Afterwards, I climbed the Church of Our Saviour, and the view from the top was stunning.  I could see the windmills by the coast and the entire city of Copenhagen.  Next, Rachel and I were off to Christiania, which is a Freetown neighborhood.  Basically, I felt like I was in hippie land.  It was incredibly artsy, had the most delicious falafel I’ve ever had, and was home to a bike shop, as well as a homemade goods shop.  Finally, we went to the Rosenbourg Castle.  Rachel gave me my own personal tour, and the gardens were stunning (but we know how I’m a sucker for gardens).  I’m 100% in love with Copenhagen, and I want to go back now.

The Tuesday night after Copenhagen was the 5th of November, AKA Bonfire Night.  It is basically the UK’s version of our 4th of July.  The celebrate Guy Fawkes’s unsuccessful attempt to blow up Parliament.  Sarah, Brennan, and I went to Primrose Hill.  It’s at the top of Regent’s Park, and you have an amazing view of the entire city.  Everywhere I looked I could see fireworks being set off in the distance.  It is one of the events I’ve been to where I’ve been surrounded completely by British and really felt like I was experiencing the British culture.

Last weekend, I stayed pretty busy because I’m attempting to cram in everything I have yet to do in London.  Friday night, Brooke and I failed at seeing Celine Dion, so I’ll just leave it at that.  We did successfully order pizza and lay around watching a movie all night.

Regent Street Christmas Lighting

Regent Street Christmas Lighting

Saturday morning, I went to the Imperial War Museum, the Regent Street Christmas Lighting celebration, the Monument, and the Museum of London.  The Imperial War Museum was very powerful.  They had a really cool exhibit on “spies” in the UK, which are basically just undercover agents.  It explained how they have evolved from WWI up to present day.  They also had a floor full of photographs from wars, military bases, and destruction that resulted from war.  While all of this was awesome, the Holocaust exhibit was easily the best part.  The exhibit spanned two floors and took you from start to finish.  It had everything from videos of Hitler to posters to a caravan used to transport people to concentration camps to articles used in hospitals.  It was an extremely emotional experience, but an enlightening one as well.  Afterwards, Caroline and I went to the Christmas lighting on Regent Street.  We saw Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy from Modern Family), Leona Lewis, and Eliza Doolittle.  Unfortunately, the lights didn’t work originally, but they eventually got them to work.  I can officially say I am in the Christmas spirit.

Savoy Grill at the Museum of London

Savoy Grill at the Museum of London

Monday, I climbed the Monument of the Great Fire of London.  The top has an amazing view of the city and overlooks the Tower Bridge.  It also wasn’t a touristy attraction at all, so it was nice to spend some time surrounded by very few people (and essentially no tourists), overlooking my home.  It was very peaceful and relaxing, and it reminded me how lucky I am to be spending my semester here.  Finally on Monday afternoon, I went to the Museum of London.  I loved it so much, I almost cried.  This is no joke.  I feel like beforehand I knew very little about London, and not only was the Museum enlightening, but it was also magically.  It had the history from the beginning of time all the way up until present day.  It had a Victorian Era shopping area you could walk around in, an exhibit showcasing clothing through the decades, lots of information on the Great Fire of London (which I knew nothing about), a marvelous 20s exhibit, featuring the Savoy Grill, a Women’s Right to Vote section, and even an exhibit with props and costumes for the Olympics. I highly recommend it if you ever come to London.

Well, it’s nine o’clock, and I’ve off to Amsterdam in the morning. So goodnight all!

Me encanta Barcelona. Je ne parle pas français.

Over fall break, I went to Barcelona, Nice, and Paris, so that’s why I’ve been MIA on all forms of social media.

Barcelona was absolutely amazing.  I could have stayed there for the entire break.  On the first day, we walked around and saw the main tourist attractions of Barcelona.  We went to La Sagrada Familia, Passeig de Gracia (Casa Bastillo and La Pedrera), and Las Rambas. We ate tapas for dinner in Plaça Catalunya!  I was finally reunited with my favorite dish, patatas bravas.  The next morning, we went to the top of Montjuic, which was filled with gardens and had a castle at the very top.  It was quite a workout, but the view was totally worth it.  Afterwards, we went to experience the wonderful art of Gaudi.  We went to Park Guell and then toured the inside of La Pedrera.  Of course, they were both beautiful because Gaudi is amazing.  Finally, we ended the night with grabbing dinner at a Mexican restaurant.  On our last day in Barcelona, we went to the Barri Gothi.  The architecture there is very classical, and the area has a lot of cool shops.  Of course while we were in a warm country, we had to go to the beach.  We went to Port Olympico and spent the afternoon tanning and enjoying the beach.

Our next stop on our trip was the beautiful city of Nice.  The first day, we were there it was bright and sunny so we went straight to the beach.  We basically layed out all afternoon, and then explored the city at night.  We had a slight mishap in a restaurant, where the server couldn’t speak any English and I couldn’t speak any French.  No worries though.  I got exactly what I ordered, and my pasta carbonara was delicious.  The next day, it rained in the morning, but we still went on a walking tour of the city.  We saw the food and flower market, the opera house, the Palace of Justice, and got a lot of background on the city.  Once the tour ended, the weather cleared up, so we climbed up Castle Hill and got an amazing view of the town.

Our final destination on the trip was Paris.  On the first afternoon, we went to Notre Dame, the Lover’s Bridge, and Victor Hugo’s house.  For dinner, we went to a delicious French restaurant, where I got pasta with salmon.  It was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had.  The next day, we climbed up to Sacre Coeur. Yes, I climbed to the top of a hill every single place we went.  I had to burn off calories from all the food I was eating!  Both the view and the basilica are gorgeous.  We also went shopping at the top of the hill.  Afterwards, we went to my favorite place in Paris: MOULIN ROUGE!  Finally, we made a pit stop by the Eiffel tour to end our day.  For dinner, we met up with some of our friends who are staying in Paris, and they took us to a falafel restaurant. I had never had a falafel before coming to London, and now I feel like I eat them all the time.  The next day, my friend Laura, who is studying abroad in Paris, took me to the catacombs and Luxembourg Gardens.  The catacombs were half terrifying, half interesting.  I can honestly say that I didn’t think I would make it through the area that had walls lined with skulls and bones.  The Luxembourg Gardens were incredibly beautiful.  I could sit in them all day, every day.  It’s basically this huge park with fountains, statues, flowers, and a palace.  That night, we went on a boat cruise to see Paris lit up.  The sites were amazing, and the cruise was so relaxing.  Finally, we finished our last night in Paris by going to get cheese and wine.  Our last morning, we walked to the Louvre and then along Champs de Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe.

Overall, I can say I ate too many crepes, gelatos, and macaroons, but I don’t regret a single one!

Spamalot

Spamalot

Monday night, I went to see Spamalot at the Playhouse Theater.  The musical was absolutely hilarious.  I’ve been wanting to see it for years, and it did not disappoint.  It is very similar to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but I enjoyed the movie, so I didn’t really mind.  Similar to the film, there are only a few actors who play all the parts, which I think is extremely impressive.  All of the characters were extremely strong at all of their parts, and the singing was still great, even though it was more focused on the comedy.

Finally, this week, I started my internship at Purple Flame Media.  I am extremely excited to be working in production.  So far I’ve been working on the basics and learning more about the company.  Tomorrow, I’m attending a training session that Purple Flame is hosting, and next Thursday, I am going on my first shoot with them.  I’m looking forward to the experience, especially since the company focuses on giving back to the community.  I think it will be a great opportunity to use my passion in order to help those around me.

New York is that way.

Wow, it’s been a lot longer than I thought since I posted on here.  But on the up side, I survived midterms/finals week, and I’m off to Spain and France for the next 9 days.

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A Doll’s House

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The Old Vic

Since my last post, I have gone to see two West End plays.  The first was “A Doll’s House,” which I loved!  I read the play back in high school, and it was interesting to see it performed after learning so much about it.  I also feel like I had a great appreciation for the  play because of my previous knowledge on it.  The set was on a rotating stage, which they utilized extremely well, and I enjoyed the actors’ performances.  I found the lead male to be a little weak, but the females ruled the show, which worked due to the fact that the plot revolves around the feminist movement.

The other was “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Old Vic with my Shakespearean Literature class.  It has received extremely bad reviews, and I now know why.  I will leave it at that, but I am so proud that I can say I saw a performance in the Old Vic.

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Dover Castle

Last Saturday, I went to Dover Castle and to see the White Cliffs of Dover.  It was the perfect day trip, and I would recommend it to anyone.  I have been to a lot of castles over the past few years, so when I say that Dover Castle was amazing, I truly mean it.  People are able to tour the castle, which is more colorfully decorated than most castles I have visited, and the view from the top of the castle was breathtaking.  In addition to that, they have tours of the WWII underground hospital and tunnels.  I can say that I have not only seen the White Cliffs, but have also been IN the White Cliffs.  It was also interested to learn the history of the WWII from the perspective of the British, and I was surprised how important of a part Dover played in the war.  Finally, “Into the Woods” filmed at Dover Castle three weeks ago, which is going to be a great film. Just saying.  After Dover Castle, we began our long (hour) walk to the White Cliffs of Dover.  I honestly thought we were never going to make it because it was all up hill, and we got lost a couple of times.  Once we made it to the National Trust walking path, I was in awe of how beautiful the White Cliffs of Dover are!

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White Cliffs of Dover

On Sunday, a few friends and I went to the ITV taping of the illusionists because one of my friends won tickets.  Even though we will not be featured on TV, it was a really good show.  I’m extremely into mentalists, escapologists, and illusionists, and the fact that it was free made it even better.  There were a lot of British celebrities who were brought up on stage, but I had no idea who any of them were.  I guess, it’s still cool anyways, right?

Since I have been so busy with assignments the last few weeks, I have tried to leave some time to explore the area around London in order to have a study break.  I have been to Little Venice, the Natural History Museum, and the Olympic Park/Hackney Wick.  Little Venice is exactly what it sounds like.  It is an area in London that is full of small canals.  The area was beautiful, but it was pouring rain while we were there.  I found the Natural History Museum to be a little underwhelming.  I enjoyed the dinosaur fossil exhibit and the zone about how the Earth was founded.  The museum had a lot of stuffed animals and interactive games for children.  On top of that, there were children EVERYWHERE, which kind of took away from the experience.  I’m glad I went because I feel like I learned a few new facts, but I wouldn’t recommend it to people who are visiting for a short period of time.  England has so many amazing museums, and it was not my favorite.  Finally, I absolutely loved the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and walking around Hackney Wick.  Before I left, my friends warned me that there was a lot of construction going on because they are remodeling the park, which should be done in 2016.  Since I knew what to expect, it did not bother me at all, and I felt like I enjoyed the experience a lot more.  I was able to see the Olympic Stadium, the Copper Box Gymnasium, and the Aquadome.  I am in love with the Olympics, so just getting to see these buildings in person was amazing.  Also, the area of the actual park that is open was one of the prettiest parks I have ever been in.  They had an awesome playground for children, the landscaping is flawless, and the Lea River runs right through the middle of it.  Also, while I was in the area, I was able to walk around Hackney Wick, which is known for its graffiti artists, and, wow, they are talented.  Walking around the streets, I felt like I was walking through an art museum.

Tonight, I am going to the BFI London Film Festival, and I cannot wait.  It’s been almost a year since Sundance Film Festival, so I’m ready to be back in that environment.  If I’m lucky, I may even get to see Anna Kendrick!!!!

Well, that’s all for now.  I’ll make sure to post again once I return from Barcelona, Nice, and Paris!

Tonight, I’m walking on air.

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Oktoberfest

This week has been a busy one, but an amazing one!

Last weekend, a few friends and I spent the weekend at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.  I was in culture shock the entire trip.  It was so incredibly difficult trying to find your way around a city where you do not know the language, but we made it!  Oktoberfest was nothing like I expected.  Basically, Oktoberfest is a huge fair ground, similar to state fairs in the United States.  They had a ton of carnival rides, food stands, and souvenirs shops.  The only aspect that set it apart from a state fair was that there were beer tents.  I’m not sure why they are referred to as tents, because they are really just these huge buildings that look like dining halls.  The buildings have long tables both inside and outside where you can order food and beer.  We sat outside, which I thought was really nice.  I enjoyed the fresh air, and the heaters kept us warm.  Because of the long tables, you have the opportunity to meet a bunch of people from all over the world.  Throughout the day, we met people from Italy, Russia, Germany, and Brazil.  There was a lot of sign language being used, but it was such an amazing experience to meet all those different people.  Also, I learned after we left Oktoberfest that they had a drink which was beer and lemonade mixed.  I was not fond of the taste of beer, so I wish I would have known this ahead of time. I would also just like to point out to everyone that I camped in a tent for Oktoberfest, and it really wasn’t all that bad.  It was just part of the experience!

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Chocolate crepes at Oktoberfest

 

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Katy Perry concert!

After sleeping all day Sunday, my friend, Caroline, and I decided that we were willing to tough the elements in order to see the Katy Perry concert.  In London, Apple puts on an iTunes Festival, where they bring in popular singers every night for a month for free.  People who live in London put their name in the lottery, and then people are awarded tickets to the shows.  Since Caroline and I are not residents, we could not apply to the lottery.  Luckily, the concerts have a stand-by line.  We arrived 6 1/2 hours before the show, brought food with us to eat in line, and suffered through the cold.  Security let 14 people into the show, and I am proud to say that I was one of the 14!  The concert was totally worth every second of the wait, and I would do anything to see another Katy Perry concert.  My only regret is that we didn’t hang around to meet her.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe

 

On Wednesday night, my Shakespearean Literature class went to see “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which is my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays.  Even though our seats had restricted view, I was so happy to be able to see this play at the Globe.  All of the actors and actresses were extremely talented and knew how to make the audience laugh.  I do not think you can fully appreciate the comedic aspects of that play until you see it performed.  Also, the director did a great job of adding some modern aspects to the play, while still keeping the majority of the traditional Elizabethan values.

Yesterday, we went to the British Museum, which is very similar to the Natural History Museum in NYC.  The museum was broken down into time frames and locations.  I wish we would’ve had more time to walk around, but we had to be back for a lecture, so we just did the highlights tour to make sure we saw the important elements.  We got to see Hammurabi’s Code, the Easter Island Statue, the Rosetta Stone, and some statues from the Parthenon.

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British Museum

Finally, this week, we have stumbled upon a cheap and delicious sandwich shop, an amazing Mexican Restaurant, and a upscale sushi restaurant. We also went to breakfast at the Muffin Man, who does not live on Drury Lane.

PS: The pumpkin spice latte finally made it to London!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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60s fashion at V&A

And we did exactly that at “Club to Catwalk,” an 80s fashion exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  As most of you know, I’m a HUGE sucker for the 90s, with the 60s and the 20s as a close second and third.  The exhibit had a small section with fashion from various decades, so I was able to get my 90s, 60s, and 20s fix before entering the world of 80s fashion, which was awesome.  The exhibit represented all different styles from punk to high-fashion to formal wear.  They even had an outfit designed by Vivienne Westwood.  The layout and lighting of the exhibit made you feel like you were in the 80s.  The exhibit also had this room with a ton of video screens showing different videos of 80s culture all at the same time with 80s background music.  It was nearly possible to leave this room because it was so captivating.

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Performance and Theater room in V&A

Before the exhibit, we had some time to walk around the museum.  I spent most of my time in the Jewelry Exhibition and the Performance and Theater room.  The jewelry was beautiful.  The exhibition had everything from 1500 BC to present day jewelry.  There were a lot of gorgeous coral and turquoise pieces, and they had some tiaras from the minor royalty.  The theater room was heaven.  They had model boxes of various West End performances, lots of old concert and musical posters, a lighting design area, and a huge room full of costumes, including the costumes from The Lion King.  As a theater lover, I never ever wanted to leave this room.

This morning, I woke up feeling more like Kate Middleton than P. Diddy.  Well, not quite, but how many people can say that their morning run consists of running by Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace?  I also took a pit stop at Hyde Park Corner because people were filming there.  Everyone look for a girl in a green shirt running in the background of a scene every time you watch a British film.

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Buckingham Palace midrun

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Picasso at Tate Modern

Yesterday, Mary-Kathryn and I used our day off to go to Tate Modern.  It was a lot smaller and more confusing than I expected.  We never found the works of Warhol or Lichtenstein, which are two of my favorite artists, but we still saw a lot of great artwork.  They had a powerful photography slideshow by an American photographer of a protest, works by Picasso, and a painting by Monet.  I thought the museum was the perfect size because it was easy to see in a day without feeling rushed.

Sunday, London had their Season four premiere of Downton! I watched it, I loved it, and all of y’all should be jealous.

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Petting Zoo at the Bermondsey Street Festival

Last Saturday, Mary-Kathryn and I went to the Bermondsey street festival since almost everyone was out of town for the weekend.  It was super cool experience.  They had live music, a fashion show, craft booths, competitions, a petting zoo, and of course, my favorite thing in the world: food.  I feel like all I do is go to festivals and markets, but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.

Countdown to Oktoberfest: 3 days!

All eyes on me in the center of the ring, just like a circus.

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Wheel of Death at the Gerry Cottle’s Circus

Yes, I went to the circus in London.  I have been dying to go to the circus for years, but I have never been able to get anyone to go with me.  Luckily, my friend, Mary-Kathryn was willing to travel just a few tube stops over to attend the Gerry Cottle’s WOW Circus with me last night.  I really had a lot of fun.  There was everything from trapeze acts to illusionist acts to an act called the Wheel of Death.  The people involved were incredibly talented, and we even met one of the performers when we were buying our tickets.  We also got to explore Ravenscourt Park and the Hammersmith area, which is always an added bonus!

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Bubble Tea

Sunday, we traveled to Hampstead, which is known for their crepe stand.  I got a cheese and spinach crepe that was totally worth the trip down there.  The area was beautiful and had much more of a country-feel, compared to the city-feel of Kensington and downtown London.  We will definitely be going back to get crepes soon (I think I’m going to get a chocolate and banana one next time!) so we can visit the Hampstead Heath, which is a huge park.  There was also a super cute mexican restaurant there, and, of course, now I’m craving mexican food.

Also, this week I tried Bubleology for the first time, which is tea with candy bubbles in the bottom of it, and accidentally went for a run around Hyde Park during the World Triathlon Grand Final.

Now on to another week of classes!

In the middle of the ride.

I finally feel like I’m officially back in school.  Most of this week I’ve spent reading and working on papers like I would at Elon, but of course, I’m getting to do it in an amazing city!

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BBC

On Tuesday, my British Life class took a tour of BBC.  I absolutely loved getting to tour the company.  We were able to watch the meteorologist go live for the weather, and I “acted” in a radio horror show.  The building is huge; I think they said they had over 600 employees working in the news department.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to tour the radio suites because Elton John was there doing an interview.  Casual. I have to go back again in my other class, but at least I will know all the answers to the questions they ask!

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Borough Market

Earlier today, we went to the Borough Market, and I AM IN LOVE! The food there is absolutely amazing, and I feel like I turned into a professional taste tester today.  I’m pretty sure I will go back next week because the food was so delicious.  I tried more types of cheeses and jams than you can ever image, multiple truffle oils, apple cider, and a variety of chocolates.  It was heavenly.  I bought a whole chunk of cheese, and I’m sure it will be gone in the next few days.  When I go back, I’m definitely getting smoked salmon, truffle balsamic vinaigrette, and some raspberry jam.

Tonight, we all went to see the British play, 39 Steps.  The play had a cast of four people, who played every role.  Even though it wasn’t my favorite play, I definitely think it gave me some insight into the British theater culture.  It used the dry British humor and referenced many cultural aspects of England that went over my head.  I thought the play was extremely well directed, and the actors were incredibly talented.  I thought the director made some bold choices with the props and transitions, which made the play more interesting.  I was not a huge fan of the plot, but the comedic aspects kept me engaged.  If you ever want to see a play that exemplifies the culture of England, I would recommend seeing this.  It was honestly nothing like we would see in the United States.