A week off from school in Spain thanks to Fería means an extra week to travel to other beautiful countries in Europe. After a magical few days in Paris, France, my roommate and I flew to London, England. It was my first time to the United Kingdom and I loved every second of it. After speaking lots of Spanish for the past three months, it was a nice little break for my brain to hear everyone speaking English again. Cheers to another adventure abroad!
After we finally got through the super long line for customs at the airport (shoutout to the United Kingdom for not being in the Schengen Area), we finally made it to our hostel. This was my first time staying at a hostel and I was super nervous, but it ended up being a lot better than I expected. Luckily, it’s not like you want to spend a lot of time in bed when you are in a new country. We spent some time exploring the city once we got settled in, and we headed to our first exciting part of our trip — to see the Lion King on Broadway! I love musicals and this show did not disappoint. Every part of the show was beyond incredible and the cast held my attention from the start to the end.
Day two in London was our day to be major tourists. Aly and I did another hop on, hop off bus tour, so we could see all of the major sights in one day. It was incredibly busy all throughout London, and we later found out that it was because the Common Wealth (all countries that recognize the Queen of England) were meeting in the city for a summit over things like health, business and more. That means that security was on high alert and full roads were shut down. It was crazy! Luckily, we still had a great day despite the neverending traffic. We got to watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, which is practically a full-on show. It was a really cool thing to get to see. We, of course, had to take the basic telephone booth picture as well. We even had a typical English tea time, which was one of my favorite moments. One thing that I will truly miss about the European way of life is the chill, laid-back atmosphere and the importance of unplugging from your phones and spending time with the people you care about.
Another day of being typical tourists, I mean, what else is there to do when you visit a country for the very first time for only three days? We started with a ride on the London Eye where we could see some of the best views of the city. I was a little nervous, but I am so glad I faced my fears because the views were so worth it. Next, we headed over to Kings Crossing so we could make a stop at Platform 9 and 3/4 to head over to Hogwarts and see Harry (if only…shout out to my fellow Harry Potter fans out there). Our next stop was to M&M World. Yes, we know we have them in America, but they were calling our name…Plus they make cute little gifts to bring back home. We ended the day with a typical English meal of fish, chips and beer; what a perfect way to end our incredible trip to London.
London, you were so much fun! I had to come to pick up my invitation to the royal wedding next month in person since it seems to have gotten lost in the mail…I had to leave without the invitation, but I guess it was still a pretty great trip. Now it’s time to go back to my home away from home in Seville, Spain.