Travel Journal: England
I just finished booking flights for traveling after the London program has ended. And while that’s really exciting, it’s also a bit depressing. We have a little less than 20 days left in the term—it’s a pretty startling realization. But I won’t get sappy right now, because while 20 days may not sound like a long time, one can definitely do a lot of wonderful things in that amount of time.
This past Friday, a few of us went to the Borough Market (www.boroughmarket.org.uk/). It may be my new favorite place in London, particularly during the lunchtime rush. We hopped on the Underground right after class and arrived at the market around 1 p.m.—it was packed! We had a gorgeous spring day too. The weather here has been remarkable—we had the driest March in 60 years, and had about a week of all sunshine and warm weather. Women were wearing sundresses, men were wearing button-downs and chinos, and honestly, it felt a bit like home...maybe that’s why I loved it so much. Imagine a local farmer’s market and multiply that by 20. Then mix it with the light atmosphere that you can find at Keeneland: people dressed up and having a beer or two socially. Now, add lots of sunshine. Yes, it was wonderful.
After the nice market experience, the weekend was off to a lovely start. On Friday night, a couple of friends and I decided to try a pub that one of my friends from home, who is currently in London also, had mentioned. Ye Olde Mitre Tavern would be incredibly easy to miss if you weren’t looking for it. You have to go into a courtyard and then turn down an alleyway to get to it’s front entrance. As we were walking into the pub, one of my friends asked jokingly if we were going to meet my friend from home, which we weren’t. But after we had been there for about 15 minutes, we walked into a different section of the tavern and someone called my name—it was my friend from home! What a small world, huh? Even in London, there are these coincidences that happen that would be pretty difficult to believe if someone told you about them or wrote them in a story. (And this just happens to tie in with a class discussion we had in one of our English classes here. Again, what a coincidence!)
As mentioned, we have less than 20 days left in the Centre in London program. So what am I aiming to fit in between now and the end of April? Here’s part of my current “to-do” list:
- visit the parts of the British Museum that I haven’t been through yet,
- tour Parliament,
- attend a service at Westminster Abbey (my goodness, it is a remarkable place!),
- tour the BBC headquarters,
- ride the London Eye,
- see Cambridge if at all possible,
- go to Abbey Road,
- attend an afternoon concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields,
- take a Harry Potter tour,
- experience the Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park,
- visit Richmond Park (the largest of the Royal Parks),
- and lastly, I’d love to see Wimbledon.
Let’s hope that all of these activities can be fit in around my classes and school work.
Well, I'm off to enjoy the rest of the beautiful day with a book. Cheers!
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