A (not so) foggy day in Londontown

Greetings from the other side of the pond!

My study abroad adventure has begun, and I am so excited to share my beginning experiences with you all.

The first couple of days after my flight were spent in the lovely city of London. We had the best possible weather, and jetlag couldn’t even hold me back from walking my little heart out! I have decided that London is my favorite big city (so far).

I love the architecture—the eclectic mix of brand new and elegantly old.

I love the traditions… the expressions of the people, the cute little black cabs, the royal legacy, the sheer sense of history throughout…

I love the sights! I didn’t realize how many amazing things were in London until I visited!

Here are some of the highlights from this awesome weekend:


Of course, I had to get a picture inside one of these. I had no idea that the insides were going to be covered with almost shockingly nude pictures advertising prostitutes?? I also rode a red double decker bus, and the tube, using an Oyster card! I feel so accomplished!


I loved visiting Hyde Park, but especially the beautiful swans! You could almost touch them, they were so close! I have decided that if I could be any animal, I would be a swan. I may be changing my favorite animal… hmmm…


We got to hear Big Ben chime!! It was an absolutely gorgeous sound. I also had no idea that the clock face is fourteen feet wide! Wow! Please note my adorable outfit: all the girls in London were wearing plaid, and I just had to join them. I am SO glad I decided to cram that skirt into my suitcase last-minute!



Of course I went. Of course I waited in line for an hour.


After an afternoon of walking around Soho, Oxford Circus, and an interesting lunch in Chinatown, we visited the Sherlock Holmes museum at 221B Baker Street! This is me in his study.


One of the major highlights of this weekend was getting to ride the London Eye at sunset!! Morgan and I chose to pay a little extra for “fast track” passes, and boy am I glad we did! We were there at JUST the right time. Pictures can hardly do the view justice.





“If you go slowly, you go healthily, and you go far.” I loved this motto from the deliciously interesting Italian-fusion restaurant I tried with Morgan. Ask me about our “Fat Piano’s” adventure. It’s a fantastic story!


Finally, on our way home from a very long day, we took a cab with this amazing driver (and Paragliding instructor???) who let us take a picture “driving” his cab!

I can hardly believe I have done all of this in less than 48 hours! We saw so much more of the city than is possible to report.

Salzburg, here we come!








One Comment

  1. Mandi!!!! Oh, it is so wonderful to see your London adventures! Hearing about your time there and seeing your pictures made me miss it all so much! I am glad you did so much while you were there! I miss you so much already. I can’t wait to swap more London stories when I see you again. It truly is an amazing city. 🙂

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