Everything has been such whirlwind so far. I’ve officially been in London for four days. I arrived by myself (almost everyone else took the group flight and was provided transportation from the airport to the “flat”). I, on the other hand, had to navigate the tube by myself with my fifty pound suitcase, a travel backpack that was almost bigger than me, and a full purse. To my surprise, and delight, it wasn’t as scary as I expected it to be. (this is the time where you all say “I told you so…”) I did have to change trains at one point, which was interesting. I definitely got some weird looks, but I survived! Now that I’ve been here for a few days and have ventured underground some more, I’m starting to get the hang of things. I’m seriously impressed with their public transportation.
The city is crazy awesome. We took a walking tour around Westminster on Tuesday and saw the typical tourist sights. Then on Wednesday, we had a free day, so a few of us went back to Westminster and walked to Buckingham Palace and through Green Park. (it is only about a fifteen minute tube ride to the heart of London). Then we went to the National Gallery and came face-to-face with Van-Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. That was so unbelievable. All of the museums in London are free, so I plan on hitting as many as possible while I’m here. After the museum, we walked outside and saw a bunch of people just hanging out with their feet in one of the huge fountains outside, so we decided to join. While we were sitting there, I was contemplating the fact that I actually live here. It is the weirdest thought in the world. It honestly doesn’t even seem real. Like, one day I’m going to wake up and be back in my bed in Minnesota and this will all have been a dream. I am living in a dream. Sometimes I feel like it won’t seem real until I’m about to leave, or I’m already home and missing it.
I’ve only been here for four days and I already love it here. The city has so much to explore. Yesterday a couple of us went for a walk and found a bunch of things that we didn’t even know existed. I have a feeling that’s going to happen often. This afternoon we have tea in our garden, and then we’ll probably do some more exploring!