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.
Copenhagen football game
The Little Mermaid Statue
View from the Church of Our Saviour
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
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
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!