Day 26: Oh my goodness today is a joyous day. And for no reason remotely related to London! Today, my roommates and I furnished our kitchen. When we moved in, our flat came with some plates and pots but nothing helpful to really cook food. We bought a crockpot, pots, pans, drying rack, tea kettle, actual cooking utensils, and I’m just getting started! If you can’t tell, I’m over the moon. So now, I’m going to cook a real meal while sipping a cup of non-microwaved tea. Cheers!
Day 27: I did a very dangerous thing today. I started the addicting book called Gone Girl. The trouble is, I can’t seem to put it down. Thanks to my handy Kindle I can read on the tube, at the grocery store, I even got caught reading in a pub (whoops). I’m 90% done but now my roommates are forcing me to put down the book and socialize (ah the torture!).
In other news, my class went to the National Gallery today. It’s one of London’s most famous art museums and features the works of Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Raphael and many many more. I could’ve stayed for hours if I wasn’t so hungry—for food and my book.
Day 25: Laundry, groceries and homework, oh my! Although my day was mostly filled with chores, I strolled through Regent’s Park for a bit before class. The park was stunning, decorated in elegant fountains and colorful flowers and topiaries. Truly a great way to spend a sunny afternoon!
Day 24: One of my roommates had a photo assignment that took us into Camden for the afternoon. Although it was rainy and (very) cold, we still made the most of the day and took some cool photos. We stumbled upon Chin Chin Labs, a liquid nitrogen ice cream bar known for their eccentric flavors. We split a Rhubarb Custard with white chocolate toppings. Mmmmhmmmmm
Day 23: Meet Lauren, Jami and Kirby, three of the most delightful people I’ve met so far. They’re exchange students from the States but are studying for a full year and have already been living in London for a few months. They’re always down for a city adventure, silly pictures and to dance like no one’s watching. Most of all they’ve helped show me the ropes to living like a Brit!
Day 22: WHAT A DAY! My study abroad program took us on an day trip to Startford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. Although the 7 am start time was mighty intimidating for a Saturday morning, It ended up being a wonderful day!
Stratford-Upon-Avon was William Shakespeare’s residence is the 1500’s. In fact many of his plays are said to be inspired by places in and around the town. As we toured his house there were even actors dressed up, ready to perform Shakespeare on command!
After exploring the town we headed down the road to Warwick Castle. Now, I’ve been to a lot of castles but this one takes the cake as the most medieval AND spookiest. The castle is over 1,000 years old, complete with a moat, dungeon AND princess tower. The spookiest part of the day (and my personal favorite) was going on a ghost tour of the grounds ad learning about some of the castle’s infamous legends.
Day 21: After fashion class, my roommates and I walked around the city and shot photos for a bit. Later, I enjoyed a lazy Friday night in and started playing around with Photoshop. Hopefully I’m doing this right?
Day 20: While abroad I’m challenging myself to 1) Master my Adobe Creative Suite and 2) finally start a (real) blog. So I set out to Shoreditch, a super trendy borough known for it’s unique street art for some inspiration. Hopefully the 100+ photos I shot will keep me busy on photoshop for a while! Overall, it was a wonderful afternoon with friends filled with adventure, photos and lots of delicious tea.
And don’t worry, Goal #2 is well underway too! Stay tuned 😉
Day 19: My Art & Society class ventured to St. Paul’s cathedral today. I wish I could have taken photos inside the church because it’s integration of modern and classical elements was breathtaking. It’s turning out to be one of my favorite classes as we continue to explore and discuss London’s wonderful artifacts.
Day 18: I swear I’ll bring a camera into the city tomorrow so you’ll get a break from all these outfit posts. But the in-room photo still feels appropriate since I was stuck inside researching internships and doing homework all day (booo). Apparently they actually mean it when they say Study Abroad
One cool thing was waking up to true London fog this morning. It was so thick I could hardly see out my window!