First 60+ Hours in London

The last two and a half days have been a whirlwind between arriving in London, moving into a fully equipped apartment (flat?) (also slightly salty because I didn't have to bring bedding but did anyway), and exploring the city I get to call home for the next two months. I don't start my internship officially until Tuesday, so the last few days have really been about settling in and getting used to my new surroundings. I am going to use the next three days to explore more of London since I have so much free time.

It's actually been pretty easy to adjust in my opinion except for the fact that the sun rises at 5:30 in the morning...I am not okay with that. I was really worried about getting around, but the tube is super easy to use, and I think growing up around Atlanta has helped a little bit because I picked up on everything pretty fast. I also wouldn't say I am homesick yet, but I do miss free water at restaurants...also being able to order a Coke everywhere.

Like I said the last few days have mostly been about exploring. We did a couple of things with all the interns, and it was mostly super touristy stuff that costs money, so I am glad we did it as a group and our program covered the cost.

On Thursday, we ate lunch outside the Marble Arch on a BEAUTIFUL day, and it honestly felt like something out of a movie. I didn't realize that Hyde Park in the park with the Albert Memorial, so I am planning to go back to see that, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. It's probably a good thing that I didn't realize all of that because we were on a time limit since we did a double-decker bus tour. Again, super touristy, and I would most definitely not have paid for it myself. It was a cool way to see a lot of London very quickly and without having to walk. 

After a bus tour, we went to the Tower of London, which I didn't take a ton of pictures at because pictures aren't allowed in the Crown Jewels exhibit and things like the prisoner carvings are hard to take pictures of. It's super cool, and again it's really touristy and kind of expensive, but if you are really into history (like me!), I think it could be worth it because you can easily spend hours looking at everything. 

On Friday, we started with the boat tour that came with the double-decker bus tour, so again another touristy thing but I didn't have to pay for it, so it was worth it in my opinion. Like the double-decker bus tour, it was an easy way to see a lot of sights in a short period of time. We saw the London Eye, Parliament, the Globe, and all the bridges across the Thames. Stuff like the London Eye and Parliament was cool because I probably wouldn't seek out those things since they are touristy. Also, the captain did the commentary, so it was incredibly funny. 

In the afternoon, I took the tube and walked to my internship to see where it is, and I ended up walking back to my apartment, and I stumbled upon the Globe. I booked a ticket to see Twelfth Night, and it's not the best seat but I am super excited still. I think it will be a really great experience. 

I think this weekend I am going to try to go to the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A Museum has a Mary Quant exhibit going on right now, and I'll probably save that for another time since it's running for the entire time I am here, but it's on my list of things to do. I also have plans to go to Liverpool in a couple of weeks to see all the Beatles' stuff. 

xx, jKm

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