Back Across the Pond

‘Twas a cold and blustery week, but one I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Last week, I had the absolute privilege (and I do mean privilege) of going back to my third home, the place that started this whole thing: London! I went with my friend, Ilse, who is no stranger to my blog posts. We arrived last Monday and unfortunately had to head back home on Friday, but we made the most of it.

I would like to apologize in advance for the photos that I have (or lack thereof) as they are mostly coming from Snapchat/Instagram. Something we did not anticipate was how windy it happened to be last week, especially after London received a full seven days of sunshine and 80-degree-weather the week prior. Just my luck, right? Between the wind and the random sprinkles, my camera had to spend a lot time tucked away. Nonetheless, we still pushed through and this is what we got up to!

◊ Westminster: Zone 1 (Circle, District, and Jubilee lines)
On Monday night, after an unsuccessful shopping trip on Oxford Street, we jumped over to Covent Garden to explore and get Nando’s (of course)! We continued in the Westminster borough on Tuesday still fully jet lagged, but on a mission. For those who do not know, Big Ben is currently under construction and will be for the next four years. 😦 You can still experience the magic from House of Parliament and Westminster Abbey though! We then took a 15-minute walk over to Buckingham Palace where a woman mistakenly took us for British women (yay!) and strolled through Green Park before heading over to Soho.

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Week Five: Stonehenge v. Bath

Week Five: Stonehenge v. Bath

This has felt like the longest yet fastest week so far. Even though I feel like I haven’t left the flat, I have done quite a few things this week. On Monday, I went to the Imperial War Museum after class and while I only made it through the first World War, I was so impressed with this museum. I generally love all war museums because it makes the experiences more tangible and it really provokes a lot of thoughts for me about the politics of war, but this one was particularly impressive because of the use of technology throughout the exhibits. There were a lot of screens that either displayed pictures, reenactments, or told stories of participants in/artifacts of the war. I was genuinely exhausted after attempting to read everything so I will have to go back to finish World War II and the Holocaust exhibits. I’m thinking of doing a museum crawl this week and making a post about it. I’ll put it in my back pocket. Continue reading “Week Five: Stonehenge v. Bath”