It takes a while to get it before you become a total pro ;D (after getting lost all the time, arriving late everywhere, getting squished by the doors, and tripping all over the place)
“When you cross the street, look to the right! That’s where death is coming from.”
According to our guide, looking to the wrong side before crossing the street is actually the #1 cause of death of Americans in London. Not to mention that London drivers are especially vicious, for some reason or another (;D)… It’s a bit scary in the beginning, almost getting run over a couple of times. But once you get the hang of it, all you have to worry about is to make sure to change sides once you get back home.
I’m a bit scared to drive in the U.S. now…
A quick taste of London!
Here are just a few pictures from the first time we got lost around South Kensington and High Street K. There was so much to see I barely just remembered to take my camera out by the end, hence why the pictures don’t look all that interesting…
-First we have the Royal Albert Hall where the BBC PROMS were going on at the time. Sadly, we didn’t get to attend, but there is always something else to see :)
-Then (picture 3) is the Albert Memorial. The details of it are breathtaking —not to mention all that gold! It is so big and impossible not to be drawn to it. I’m just sad I don’t have a better picture since this one was taken from across the street on my way to the flat.
-The Albert Memorial is on Hyde Park. These are the gates to enter. Go through, keep walking, and you will eventually arrive at Kensington Palace where Princess Diana lived with her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
-The buildings are just an example of the architecture around the place. It differs from building to building depending on the time they were built. Still, there is a kind of symmetry to it all.
-Finally, the Imperial College of London. Fancy… ‘nuff said.
“I’m the king of the woooorrrlllddd~!!!”
On our first day out, after visiting Westminster Abbey, our professor thought it would be cool if we all went to the London Eye. Seeing as we were all completely exhausted and beds and pillows plagued our thoughts, we were a bit reluctant in the beginning, but honestly, it was a.m.a.z.i.n.g! It is GINORMOUS and it was such a beautiful day —full of sunshine and whatnot— that it made the view that much more stunning. If you people out there ever get a chance… DO IT!!!
Presenting M&M’s World-London!
Everything is so colorful and bright and just downright amazing. It might not be considered a very London-y site to go to but it drew my attention and I just had to go inside immediately.
I couldn’t afford anything from there, but at least I got to take lots of pictures :D
Just thought I would share these pictures I took of the TDK billboard on Piccadilly Circus. Quite inspiring :)
“Whoa!… No, no, wait… WHOA~!!!!”
Our first stop at Piccadilly Circus. We mainly just wanted to see what the whole fuzz was about “Have you been to Piccadilly Circus? You HAVE to go to Piccadilly Circus!!!” Indeed. Lights everywhere, completely PACKED at all times of the day (and night), cool places and sights wherever you turn. I love-love-LOVED it!!
Post coming up about our first theatre adventure at The Criterion, and M&M’s World-London!
“Our ‘River Walk’ is a tiny stream compared to this!”
Having lived in the desert for most of my life, something as big as the River Thames completely blows my mind. It seems so massive to me! There’s beautiful views wherever you go, and a lot of interest points are along the side.
It might not be a “nice walk on the beach,” but it’s far more entertaining :D
“Yes, yes. Now you guys get to see the Big Ben.”
Being the little nerd that I was while growing up, seeing the Big Ben had always been one of my dreams. I always said I was going to travel the world and see the Taj Mahal, the Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower. We rounded the castle towards the pier just as the clock struck 12. It was amazing to hear it go :)
Scratch that off the Bucket list!
“That’s right… I’m feeling pretty British right about now~”
What’s not to love? :D (Aside from the angry drivers).
“Wait… is that MLK?!”
I was a bit (no, really… just a bit) surprised to see the statue of Martin Luther King sitting among all the other saints at Westminster Abbey.
I guess they’re trying to keep up with the times…
Westminster Abbey is an amazing sight to see on its own right. To think that centuries past kings and queens walked the same road that we just did. Blows my mind!
During our first day, after hardly any sleep on the plane and having been walking for a while, we were all incredibly tired (and started to get grumpy) when we saw these two little boys sitting on the shade of a tree, giggling away non-stop. They were absolutely adorable.
I think we all felt a little better afterwards.
Buckingham Palace was the first big site we got to see. We tried to get in on a tour but it was all sold out.
It’s okay… we have 2 more weeks :)
“Pretty, pretty, everything in Kensington is so pretty!!”
It also looks the same everywhere. I’ve gotten lost a few times already…
One thing we have had to change about our daily routine (aside from attempting to cook on our own) is the way we buy groceries…
Not only are we broke and therefore have to look for the cheapest things in the store (or “shop” I guess), we also have a tiny fridge and have learned (the hard way) that food has less preservatives here and goes bad quicker. This means that we can only buy the essentials -like eggs and cereal- as well as the smallest -like the tiniest bottle of milk available- which runs out faster.
In the end, I’m not entirely sure if this is good or bad for our wallets…