The London Diaries: Tower Bridge, Graffiti walls, and Borough Market

In one of our classes, we are required to take walks around the city that spotlight different parts of London.

It’s so rad.

We get graded on going out and seeing the incredible city that we already love. It’s cool to get to see different parts of London that we probably wouldn’t get to see if we were just visiting for a few weeks. We already get to see the tourist-y places like Big Ben and Oxford Circus just by being here, but on top of that we also are getting to know the lesser known places like certain neighborhoods and back alleys.

Okay “back alleys” is not the right word, but you get the idea.

On this particular day we saw the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral, and St. Paul’s. While going from sight to sight we saw gorgeous sceneries and some stunning architecture.

Basically a 19 year old girl with a camera’s dream.

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Tower of London
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Tower Bridge

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Borough Market

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The London Diaries: Hello London!

My first couple of days in London were unreal.

I constantly had to remind myself that this wasn’t a dream, and that one of my lifelong wishes were actually coming true.

Although I was exhausted, I got lost almost immediately, and I felt extremely overwhelmed at the amount of brand new people I was going to be living with and the general unfamiliarity of the environment, I was mostly just stoked to be there.

It was crazy to think to myself that I was actually studying abroad in LONDON, something I had dreamt of for as long as I could remember, and here I was living that dream.

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1- Getting off on the wrong tube station after leaving the airport and having to trek 4 miles across hyde park with all of my luggage…  I was sore for days, folks.

2- Seeing platform 9 3/4 on September 1 (Harry Potter’s 1st day at Hogwarts: A historical moment for Harry Potter enthusiasts everywhere.)

3- Discovering that ice cream is ten times better in Europe.

4- Discovering that jet lag is a real thing.

5- Seeing Big Ben, Oxford Street and the London Eye for the first time.

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The London Diaries: Why I chose to study abroad

I’m a firm believer that travel is an investment that is well worth the cost.

Through travel, you gain so much more than just getting to see a couple of cool places. Engrossing yourself in a new culture expands your viewpoints of the exclusive world that you have always known. Through it, you gain memories, experiences, and life lessons that, in my opinion, are so much more valuable than materialistic possessions. Of course, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t spend some of my paycheck on those materialistic possessions- i’m human. But if I were given the option to spend $10,000 on a shopping spree, or to spend $10,000 on traveling, I would pick travel in a heartbeat.

And I honestly think a lot of people would do the same.

But there always seems to be obstacles that get in the way of traveling for so many people. I decided a long time ago that i wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of this dream of mine. I would like to think that if I were given one month to live, I would spend a good fraction of that month traveling to new countries and experiencing new cultures. I want to grow up and be one of those people with a huge world map on their living room wall, with markers indicating all of the countries they have been to. And yes, you can bet your life savings that that map will be as full as possible.

So why London, you may ask? Well, without hesitation I would respond with “why not London?”. London has always been at the top of my very long list of places I want to visit in my lifetime. I have always been captivated by London; by the diverse people, the beautiful architecture, and the enchanting city life. London is consistently one of the top fashion capitals of the world and it’s one of the most talked about, and visited cities in the world. These reasons alone were enough for me. The idea of not only getting to visit this amazing city, but to live here for a few months was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I get to live here in London until December 7th, which will have be 3 and a half months all together. Of course, deciding to study abroad here in London was not cheap, and a lot of sacrifices had to be made in order for me to get here, but it’s already so worth it. I have already gained so much weight many amazing experiences, and I can’t wait to see what else in in store for me while I experience life here in London. I don’t even want to think about leaving because it is amazing. Absolutely breathtaking.

One of my favorite quotes says:

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

My greatest fear is to die with regrets, and It would be a huge regret of mine if at the end of my life I didn’t feel like I fulfilled my dream of traveling. I want to spend my life traveling the world, and I want to do it with the people I love. Life is short, and the world is a pretty big place. So I guess deciding to study abroad was my way of taking initiative to start living my dream, and I can’t think of a better place to have started.

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